The Vice Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Martin Morgan Tuuli has urged PhD holders in the country to add their quota to the development of the country.
He said PhD holders in the country must be problem solvers and not just walk around with the title “Dr”.
Professor Tuuli gave this advice at the graduation ceremony for Doctorate Holders in Leadership and Business from the Noble International Business School in Accra.
He urged the graduates to think outside the box in finding solutions in the corporate world.
“Use the tools and skills you have acquired to pursue a life of significance to benefit mankind. My advice to you, therefore, is that continue to think outside the box and pursue innovation in solving life’s problems.
"You have been prepared enough to build businesses that will create jobs and wealth. There are enough problems in the world from climate change, housing, poverty, technology, just to mention a few to occupy you in finding innovative solutions to transform organisations and society,” he stated.
The Vice Rector also advised them to continue learning, despite attaining this great feat.
“I want you to understand that the education you have received is not necessarily enough or the end and you need to continue to develop your personal, professional and practical capacity to learn and unlearn, innovate, adapt and reinvent yourselves constantly as much as possible in an ever evolving world.
"Be creative, show dynamism, question things, don’t take no for an answer, and most importantly, be your own worst critic,” he stated.
He urged them not to settle for just enough, and always push themselves to do more.
“As you may have discovered in the course of your PhD studies, mistakes are proof that you are trying. Don’t be afraid to make them.
“And when you get tired, don’t stop, stop when you are done! You must therefore be life-long learners where the real world is your research site or case study," he noted.
Differences in doctoral programmes
The Director of Finance at the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Daniel Addo who was the guest speaker for the graduation ceremony lauded the Noble International Business School for ensuring that the differences in doctoral programmes were clearly defined.
“Today we have seen that NIBS is enrolling all the doctoral programmes. Doctoral pragrammes comes in different forms.
“In 1960 Doctor of Business Administration DBA became the defector business doctorate at Harvard, Today many reputable research institutions are offering both terminal degrees but it appears to me that NIBS is making DBA more popular,” he stated.
Lack of cooperation
The Founding President and Executive Dean of the NIBS, Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima, for his part, expressed concern over what he described as lack of cooperation among institutions in the country.
He said such tendencies could undermine the country’s development.
He therefore urged the graduands to share ideas and work together to address the challenges confronting the country.
“There is so much competition in the system and if we are not careful, we are sowing the seed for our own destruction,” he said.
A total of 67 students graduated at the event, after pursuing various Doctoral and PhD programmes at the NIBS.
They included PhD in Business Administration (12); Doctor of Business Administration (34), and Doctor of Business Leadership (21).
Notable personalities among those graduating included the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Rev. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, a former Municipal Chief Executive for GA East Municipality, Ms Janet Tulasi, and Security Analyst, Mr Adam Bonaa.