The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) on 9th Feb 2016 received delegations from Coventry University (UK) led by Prof. Paul Jones, Assistant Director for International Transformational Entrepreneurship Centre and Brazil, lead by Mr. Charles Nyarko, a lead International Business Consultant for Divine International Consultancy Services. The two teams interacted with the Dean, Prof. Joshua Yindenaba Abor, the School Administrator, Mrs Stella Dovlo, Heads of Departments and Coordinators of programmes, including Prof. Richard Boateng (OMIS), Dr. Justice Bawole (PHSM), Dr. Kwesi Dartey-Baah (OHRM), Dr. Ernest Tweneboah-Kodua (MA Marketing Strategy), Dr. Kobby Mensah (Marcoms), Dr. Ahenkan (MSc Climate Change and Sustainability) and Dr. Charles Andoh on a possible partnership.
The first delegation of prospective partners from Coventry University that were introduced to the business school by the Director of Counselling and Placement Centre of the University of Ghana, Mrs. Jocelene Buckman, discussed plans of assisting the setup of an incubation centre, where students from all departments can have entrepreneurial training and small business start-up skills.
In the discussion it was noted that entrepreneurial education has become a key requirement in academic institutions of most developing countries, noting that it is a crucial part of the solution to the teaming unemployment situations in most of these countries. Thus, Coventry University intends to play a crucial role to ensure the achievement of the centre.
The Brazil team made up of Mr Gustavo H. do R. Pereira and Mr. Charles Nyarko of Divine International Consulting Services, Prof Pedro G. Kraus, the CEO of International Business Institute of the Americas and Prof Wagner de Padua from University of Texas at Austin (Mccombs School of Business), was on familiarisation visit to UGBS to learn new methods of doing business in Ghana and share academic experiences.
The Dean in his remarks gave brief information about the school and mentioned that the school consist of 6 Departments with faculty strength of 85 and a student population of 4,000. He touched on some of the executive development programmes run by the school such as MSC Development Finance, MA Marketing Strategy among others.
Prof. Wagner de Padua pointed out that their school system adopts an interactive face-to-face model which has been a great success over the years. He added that the school has introduced a system where student continuously evaluate faculty at the end of every class to ensure enhanced and sustained academic performance
The team from Brazil in a pose with the Dean of UGBS, School Administrator and some faculty members.
Prof. Padua stressed that, Brazil has reached an era where CEOs of companies are required to hold a PhD. This era has caused most Business Schools in Brazil to prepare programmes that are more executive rather than academic for the future. After sharing several experiences about the PhD journey and how lecturers and students are embracing the intensive nature of the programmes, he expressed his joy to have met with UGBS faculty and Management and was hopeful that UGBS and Brazil will build a strong academic partnership in the future.
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