For the first time after four attempts, the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) has qualified to the semifinals of the Graphic Tertiary Business Sense Challenge (TBSC).
The school booked its ticket to the semifinals after beating Academic City College in the second quarter-final stage contest on Thursday morning.
UPSA won the contest with 29.5 points after managing to answer all the questions in the Graphic Business Segment (Round 4A) as against the 25 points earned by Academic City College which could not score any.
Journey so far
The contest was the first ever between the two universities because that was the first Academic City College was making an appearance at the TBSC.
UPSA on the other hand, has been to all editions of the TBSC but they have never before passed the quarter finals stage.
They usually begin brightly but fizzle out when it matters most. However this year looks different as they started slowly but gradually warmed themselves up into the competition.
One of the student representatives at UPSA, Kweku Berkoh, a level 400 Actuarial Science student, said their performance was not the best however they are proud to be in the semifinals.
“So knowing that this is a Graphic Business challenge, we knew that there is special round where questions come exclusively from the paper and so we prepared and we knew that some schools do not take that seriously.
“So we made a conscious effort to dedicate one student for that because we know it is a round we can have an advantage against our competitors. There is still more room for improvement and we are going to prepare well for the semifinals,” he said.
Academic City College
Representatives of Academic City College, Daniel Mawunye Amanor and Eugene Aseidu-Dartey who are Accounting; and Banking & Finance students respectively expressed how proud and excited they were making it this far although they have been knocked out.
Explaining why they could not answer questions in the Graphic Business Segment, the students said they originally had a certain strategy of how they look through the newspaper but unfortunately, they could not pull off that strategy as planned.
“Also, the questions were from obscure places and very technical which we never expected,” they said