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GIMPA to offer specially-designed courses for brilliant needy students

BY: Vincent Amenuveve
Some graduating students of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration lifting their academic caps in celebration at the ceremony. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA
Some graduating students of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration lifting their academic caps in celebration at the ceremony. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA

The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) will from February next year admit 100 brilliant, needy students to undergo hands-on and theoretical training in specially-designed courses.

The training is to equip the beneficiaries with practical skills to become relevant and competent in the job market and also make contribution to their communities and the country.

Already, the management of GIMPA has made arrangements with some establishments in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) space, the hospitality industry as well as the logistics and supply chain companies to facilitate practical training of the beneficiaries to ensure their holistic development.

The Rector of GIMPA, Professor Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, made this known at the 22nd Congregation of the institute in Accra last Friday .

The ceremony was held in three sessions in adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

In all, 1,595 students graduated this year. They were made up of 853 females and 742 males.

They were awarded Doctor of Philosophy degrees (PhD), Master of Philosophy, Master of Science, Arts and Business, Bachelors Degree and Diploma certificates from the six schools and faculties in GIMPA.

Prof. Bonsu explained that the institute had constituted a selection team to go round the various districts and communities to identify the potential beneficiaries who had performed well in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), but could not have the resources to further their education.

“We will teach them a systematic way of analysing and solving problems as they will have at least one year of practical work experience and skills before they graduate” he further assured.

The rector indicated that the initiative was being funded from internally generated funds (IGFs) with support from other benevolent individuals and institutions both in the country and abroad.

Touching on digitalisation if its operations, Prof. Bonsu stated that GIMPA was currently running a paperless administration system where both staff and students were encouraged to avoid the use of paper.

He stated that GIMPA's use of a paperless system and dependence on a software called the Enterprise Resource Programme (ERP) would enable the institution to save GH¢2 million a year.

Appreciation, projects

Prof. Bonsu expressed appreciation to the government for the proposed construction of a 250-bed hostel facility on GIMPA campus, which preliminary works he said had started.

Propeller

A member of the Council of State, Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo, who was the guest speaker, told the graduands that acquiring the degrees was to equip them with the necessary knowledge to prove to the corporate world that they were prepared for the competitive job market.

He commended GIMPA for relying on its IGFs to deliver quality services to the public and entreated other educational institutions to emulate the gesture.

Mr Nyonyo indicated that such institutions had the capacity to churn out students who can promote the country’s industrialisation agenda.