The Research Manager of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), Mr Alhassan Yusif Trawule, has lauded the Graphic Communication Group Limited (GCGL) for creating and spearheading the Tertiary Business Sense Challenge (TBSC), an inter-tertiary business school quiz that seeks to test and develop the business skills of university students.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the first contest of the TBSC between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC) at the British Council Hall in Accra yesterday, he said the TBSC would fill a vacuum that had existed for years.
“I think the future is very great because like I keep on saying, business students have been waiting for something like this because they have been starved of some of these opportunities as they see their science colleagues participate in the National Science and Maths quiz.
So this is a project that promises to be very great,” he said.
Mr Trawule, who was the moderator of the contest, said the TBSC had the potential to be the springboard for the development of future captains of industry.
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“Hopefully as and when we learn, we will add more to it, especially the entrepreneurship bit so that this competition will come to stay because that is the vision of the organisers and we will see to it that, that vision is realised”, he said.
Student representatives of the KNUST flogged their counterparts from the GTUC, when the two sides met in the opening contest of the Graphic Business Tertiary Business Sense Challenge (TBSC).
At the end of the contest, KNUST emerged winners with 53 points and qualified to the next round of the competition while GTUC was booted out of the competition after managing to score only 17 points.
KNUST was represented by Mr Baah Acheamfour, Mr Van-Yawson Gideon and Ms Henrietta Bobi while GTUC was represented by Mr Shaibu Mashud, Mr Enoch Oppong Gyansah and Mr Paul Asiama.
With GTUC scoring only a point at the end of the first round while KNUST garnered 15 points, some supporters of GTUC halfway through the contest were seen walking out of the auditorium.
The contest, however, became more challenging when GTUC won the “problem of the day” question in the third round of the contest, scoring seven out of 10 while KNUST scored six out of 10.
Speaking to the paper after the contest, Mr Shaibu Mashud said, “I think it’s a good initiative now that we have seen the structure of the questions I believe that we would be better prepared in the future.”
“I believe that as we progress, engineering and law students would be able to learn from the business students competing,” he said.
The TBSC, which is one of the off-page experiences created by the Graphic Communications Group (GCGL) to ensure that the Graphic Business newspaper fully engages with its audiences, has drawn business students from 12 tertiary institutions across the country to compete for the ultimate prize.
Held on the theme: ‘ Developing Business Minds-The Hot Seat’, the contest which lasted for two hours saw the students answering questions from the various segments of business including the economy, entrepreneurship, finance as well as questions from the Graphic Business newspaper.
The Ministry of Business Development and eight other corporate institutions are sponsoring the TBSC.
The huge corporate support for the TBSC would ensure the smooth run of the competition which is expected to run for 13 weeks on TV3.
The corporate institutions include Accra Brewery Ltd (ABL), BIC and the British Council.
The rest are Passion Air, GLICO, EverPure mineral water, Fidelity Bank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG).
YFM and Media General, operators of TV3 are the media partners for the competition.