On 17th November 2021, some members of the 2001-alumni year group, in the persons of Mr. Richmond Quaye, Mr. Yaw Owusu-Brefo, Dr. Obi Berko, and Mr. Henry Ennisson paid a visit to their alma mater – the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS). They met and engaged with the Dean in his office. The purpose of the visit was to reconnect with their alma mater and to present their plans and ideas on how they intend to assist the school.
The Dean Of UGBS, Professor Justice N. Bawole welcomed the alumni and made them aware that an aspect of his strategic vision is the issue of stakeholders. He emphasized that the alumni are the school’s foremost stakeholders and that the school is vulnerable without them. He briefed them on how the school’s number has been increasing over the years. He remarked that, with the addition of the Accra City campus, Distance Education, and the reintroduction of the Bachelor of Arts programme, the school recorded 3,900 students for this year alone. The Dean reiterated how the school is unable to accommodate the huge numbers and how this has reduced its ability to impact students.
The Dean updated the group on the school’s plan to celebrate 60 years since they moved from Achimota as a milestone. He also informed them about the plans of the 1982-alumni year group to be a part of the celebration. He hopes more year groups will join and support the initiative.
Professor Bawole also enlightened the group on some areas in which the school requires assistance. These include classroom infrastructure expansion, software, training facilitation, and leadership programmes and activities. He also spoke about the school’s plan to put up another iconic building that will support the huge number of students. The Dean mentioned that GNPC (Ghana National Petroleum Corporation) has agreed to put up a building between the current building and Volta Hall. This project will help solve the space problem the school is currently facing.
A member of the group, Mr. Richmond Quaye thanked the Dean for receiving them and sharing his vision. He then briefed the Dean on a project they intend on undertaking to support their alma mater. The project intends to bring academicians together to have academic conversations and debate on relevant topics that can educate the general public and aid in developing the nation. This will help showcase what the school is about. These debates will be telecasted, either live or recorded and sponsors will be brought on board to partner. The revenue generated from this project will be channelled into other areas that require assistance.
The Dean acknowledged their idea and plan as something the school had already begun working on till COVID struck and disrupted it. He pledged his support to ensure that the project is a success.
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