The 2021 University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) orientation session for the One-Year Special Sandwich Master’s Programme was held virtual for its newly admitted students. The orientation was organised in two sessions to welcome students, and give them an overview of the Business School, and also make them aware of what to expect as they begin their studies. In an opening remark, the Assistant Registrar, Mrs. Selina Saaka, welcomed the students and urged students to follow the ICT orientation critically and pay attention to details since most of the information will be used to navigate their way around virtual lectures.
The First Session focused on ICT Orientation, and was led by Dr Owusu Acheampong, ICT Coordinator, UGBS, who introduced the ICT team and their roles in the Business School. He indicated that the team provides general ICT support to staff and students. He revealed that UGBS has ultra-modern audio-visual lecture halls for teaching, learning and research. He encouraged students to use the ICT Lounge.
Taking Students through a practical session, Mr Kwame Antwi, Senior ICT Assistant, briefed the students with information on accessing their UG email through the University of Ghana Portal, and a step-by-step process to access the MIS Web.
On his part, Mr. David Tetteh Odjeawo, the UGBS Librarian spoke about the various libraries in the University and emphasised that the UGBS Library has the resources and tools needed for references. The Librarian revealed that students will be taken through the ethics of academic writing. He also stated that students will be trained to access the right website to obtain learning materials. Mr. David Tetteh Odjeawo encouraged students to make use of this opportunity for purely academic work.
The 2nd session was an extended session of the orientation and moderated by Dr. Patience Abor, a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Public Administration & Health Services Management. Speaking at the orientation Mr. Emmanuel Poku-Sarkodee, the School Administrator of UGBS, took students through a virtual tour of the UGBS Graduate Building and the various amenities available. Students were also provided contacts to various Departments in case they encounter any problem. Students were admonished to respect housekeeping rules in the lecture halls, ICT Lounge, Library and Graduate Campus.
He further indicated that the Business School organises international study tours each year to selected countries abroad. This, according to Mr. Poku-Sarkodee, aims at exposing students to international issues as well as to establish networks and experiences from different geographical areas and cultures.
Taking his turn, Professor James Baba Abugre, the Chairman for the Committee for Sandwich Programmes, cited the need for students to abide by the University’s policies and encouraged the students to exhibit positive behaviour. He further advised the students to consult lecturers when in need and keep a positive learning environment and be good ambassadors in their everyday life.
Professor Abugre stated that UGBS is a good learning atmosphere that will give students the best learning opportunity in the globe. Professor Abugre ended with the quote “Ask you shall be given, knock our doors are always open to you, Seek the Knowledge and you will find”.
The Vice-Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Professor Robert Darko Osei, led an in-depth discussion regarding regulations in graduate studies. He stated the programme structure for a sandwich, where he detailed how course work, seminars and long essay make up components of the programme. Professor Darko Osei reiterated the need for students to register each semester and indicated that registration by proxy is not allowed. He touched on the issue of plagiarism, which he stressed has very serious implications.
Mr. Yussif Amadu walked the students through the use of the Sakai platform. Students were showed how to modify their password and details on the platform. He further indicated that students can learn about Sakai through the Sakai Training Course site and can easily download resources from the platform.
The Dean of UGBS, Professor Justice N. Bawole, in the closing session urged students to look beyond a certificate and aspire to have more knowledge. He encouraged the students not to contract people to work on their assignments and insisted they go through the programmes themselves. He revealed that students should give feedback if lecturers are unable to live up to expectations.
The Orientation ended with a question-and-answer session.
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