Professor Justice N. Bawole, Dean of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), recently contributed to the conversation on the need for relevant skills to prepare students for industry. This occurred at the graduation ceremony of the second cohort of the “Excel our Girls” programme, organised by Think3ice and Finex Skills Hub, two institutions that focus on providing hands-on training for people on relevant technological skills.
In the Dean's speech, he emphasised that trainings of this nature are necessary and beneficial because the curriculum that some schools are running is unable to cover all the skills needed to bridge the gap between academia and industry. Citing the Business School as an example, he said, "Even though UGBS had made significant strides toward putting innovative programmes in place to adequately equip students, some courses are still excluded due to the current academic calendar situation." Additionally, Prof. Bawole asserted that while UGBS's curriculum is intended to provide students with technical abilities in critical subject areas, there's still the need to do more in terms of transferable, social, and employability skills.
It is worth noting that the hands-on training programme by Think3ice and Finex Skills Hub equipped twenty-two (22) girls with skills in data analytics with a special focus on Microsoft Excel and Appsheet. At the graduation ceremony, the students were presented with certificates of participation and given opportunities for internships in reputable institutions.
Source: Ghanaian Times
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