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UGBS to roll out industry designed programmes

BY: Faith Ayorkor Mensah
Rev John Ntim Fordjour (3rd from left), Deputy Minister of Education, exchanging pleasantries with Prof. Gordon Awandare, Pro-Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Academic and Student Affairs, University of Ghana,at the event. With them are Prof. Daniel Ofori (left), Provost of College of Humanities, University of Ghana, Prof. Justice Nyigmah Bawole (right), Dean of the University of Ghana Business School, and Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena, Head of Civil Service. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo

One of the major reasons for the high unemployment in the country has to do with the kind of course run by tertiary institutions which has no direct bearing on the job market.

The development has forced industry players in the country to push for curricular that speaks to their needs and prepares students who complete school to be ready to work in positions that are readily needed.

The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) is in the process of rolling out tailor-made courses for the BSc, Masters and PhD programmes to better equip students for the job market.

The programmes; Real Estate Management, Business Analytics and Artificial intelligence, Logistics and Supply Chain, have been designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Speaking on the sidelines of the UGBS 42nd Management Day Celebration, the Dean of the School, Prof. Justice N Bawole, said the courses had been approved and was currently undergoing accreditation processes by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC).

He stated that those courses were developed after interactions between UGBS and industry stakeholders.

Event

The event was on theme: "The Future of Business Education in Ghana: Building Effective Public Sector Institutions and Health Systems".

Prof. Bawole said the event marked a huge milestone in the life of the school.

He stated that the Management Day Celebration was instituted in 1970 to foster relationship between academia and industry, as well as assess the impact of the school on the lives of young people.

He also celebrated the staff of the school for the dedication and sacrifice they exhibited, being available for all-year round lessons.

UGBS, Prof. Bawole stated, had made sturdy progress in many aspects of its mandate and had instituted innovative programmes to properly equip students with computer literacy and employability skills.

With support from alumni, the school had created a business incubation hub, where students with business ideas could go and have their ideas nurtured to come to fruition.

He then called on the alumni of the school to give back to the Business School by providing internships and employment opportunities for students in the school.

Reformation

A Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. Dr John Ntim Fordjour, stated that business was the heartbeat of the transformation of the economy and that could not be achieved without education.

He cited a report by the World Education Commission in 2020 which stated that if nothing changed, by 2030, 825 million youth, which is nearly half of the youth in the world would reach adulthood without the necessary skills to thrive in today's world.

There was therefore the need for the country to transform the educational sector to meets the dictates of changing economy.

The youth should also be equipped with requisite skills to effectively manage and increase efficiency of the public sector and also make a difference in the private sector.