On Thursday, 6th October 2022, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority delegation donated books on Supply Chain Management titled “Executive Insight Series: Compendium of Supply Chain Management” to the University of Ghana Business School’s Library.
In introductory remarks, the Dean of the Business School, Professor Justice N. Bawole briefed the visitors on the six departments within the school and hinted that another department will be added soon. Giving details about the MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management programme, the Dean revealed that the MBA option of the programme will be rolled out soon.
In response, Nana Esi Söderberg, Deputy Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager who led the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority team said that her organisation’s CSR activities are based on three pillars which are education, health, and environment. She emphasised that education cuts across everything and makes everything effective, hence the GPHA takes much joy in contributing to the education sector. She added that their focus is on secondary and tertiary schools, thereby offering a lot of internship opportunities to students.
Explaining more on the reasons for their visit, Nana Esi Söderberg, highlighted that the objective of their visit was about logistics, she therefore mentioned that her organisation has acquired some books from a private practitioner, and with the UGBS having an MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management programme she believes the books will assist in giving students the needed skills in logistics and supply chain management.
In receiving the books, the Dean extended the school’s gratitude to the management of GPHA. He further emphasised the important role stakeholders play in ensuring the training of excellent graduates. Professor Bawole explained that organisations are the business school’s laboratories that can assist in training students to make them ready for the job market, adding that both academia and industry have the responsibility of cocreating an excellent workforce. He once again expressed his delight for the gesture GPHA has shown and further commended them for opening their doors to students for internship opportunities.
In asking for more support from GPHA, the UGBS Dean highlighted the increment in student numbers, which is putting a lot of pressure on the school’s infrastructural and human resources. He, therefore, asked the company to assist in the infrastructural development of the Business School. The Dean also used the opportunity to call on the alumni in the GPHA to reach out and support the school and encouraged them to come and serve as Corporate Executives and share their experiences with the students.
The programme ended with a word of appreciation from Nana Esi Söderberg, who applauded the Business School for imparting knowledge and skills across all industries and pledged her organisation’s support to the school.
Other UGBS staff present at the event were Mr. Emmanuel Poku-Sarkodee, School Administrator, Mr. David Tetteh Odjeawo, UGBS librarian, Mr. Yeboah Yaw Tsen, Assistant Registrar, Human Resources, Ms. Saratu Salifu, Assistant Registrar – General Services, Ms. Sylvia Edem Amexo, and Ms. Jacinta Konadu Nsiah both from the library. Also present from the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority were Malik Adams, Solomon Anderson, Kwame Hagan, and Godwin Kabutey.
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