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UPSA receives accreditation for PhD programmes

BY: Emmanuel Bonney
Prof. Abednego F.O. Amartey - Vice Chancellor, UPSA
Prof. Abednego F.O. Amartey - Vice Chancellor, UPSA

The University for Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) has received accreditation for the introduction of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (Mphil) in Accounting programmes and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Corporate Communications for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Admission to enrol the first batch of students in the programmes is complete pending the start of academic work this week.

The Vice Chancellor of the UPSA, Prof. Abednego F.O. Amartey, said this during the first session of the 14th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies in Accra.

The university is expected to graduate 4,015 students at all four sessions of the 14th congregation. They comprise 826 postgraduate, 2,349 undergraduate, and 840 diploma students.

For the first session, the School of Graduate Studies presented 826 students comprising 26 Mphil, 602 MBA, 129 Master of Arts and 69 Master of Science students.

During the earlier part of the 2021/2022 academic year, Prof. Amartey said, approval was also granted for the mounting of Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Organisational Development and that the programme was purposely developed in response to the demands of the cooperation between the university and AngloGold Ashanti.

Moreover, he said, there were other programmes at various stages of approval at the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) including Doctor of Philosophy in International Security and Intelligence, Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies programme, Master of Arts in Digital and Strategic Marketing Management, Master of Arts in Media and Digital Communication Management, Mphil in Media and Digital Communication Management and Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Transport Management Infrastructural Development Projects.

Students

Prof. Amartey said the university enrolled 7,110 new students at the beginning of the 2021/2022 academic year, bringing the total student population to 20,131. The number includes 2,026 postgraduate students, 14,877 undergraduate students, 2,786 diploma students and 442 Professional students.

The total student population comprises 10,892 males and 9,239 females.

On infrastructure, he said the university continued to undertake a number of infrastructural development projects, which were steadily progressing, and others nearing completion, and that the construction of Hostel B, one of the two multi-million hostel projects had been completed.

The second of the two, Hostel C, he said, which was also located close to the campus was in the final stages for a full handover.

“Hostel C is expected to provide accommodation for yet another 1,664 UPSA students.”

“The year under review saw UPSA making significant strides in strengthening its bonds with partner universities globally and forging new relationships as well. The university has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Institute & University (UIU) in Ohio, USA, to allow the two universities to engage in joint research and offer collaborative Doctoral programmes in Interdisciplinary Studies and also to develop new degree programmes.

The goal of the university, he said, was to increase its doctoral programme offerings and the engagement with UIU offered that opportunity.