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GIMPA Inaugurates Special MA Programme in International Relations and Diplomacy

GIMPA Inaugurates Special MA Programme in International Relations and Diplomacy

By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

A special Master of Arts programme in International Relations and Diplomacy has been inaugurated at GIMPA.

The programme which is being run by the School of Public Service and Governance (SPSG) commenced in October last year.

In his address, the Rector of GIMPA Prof. Phillip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson said the two-year programme is specially designed to equip participants with the knowledge, attitude and conceptual tools to analyse transnational issues and manage real-world organizations.

The course, he reiterated, adopts an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with a strong academic foundation and professional skills for excellence, achievement and leadership in a highly complex, multipolar and globalised world.

Giving the rational for instituting the programme, Prof. Bondzi-Simpson said “while we consider ourselves as champions in management and administration, we felt the need to expand into other areas.”

“The rational also stems from the fact that Ghana is increasingly expanding its relations with the international community and host to a number of international and regional organisations,” he added.

Prof. Bondzi-Simpson further noted the readiness of the Institute to develop a centre that will focus on researching the current development in the area of Regional Economic groups and their effect on our governance system.

He therefore called on all stakeholders for assistance and partnership in this regard.

The deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr. Charles Wiredu lauded GIMPA for the establishment of the programme saying “It is undoubtedly a positive step in the right direction.”

He bemoaned the challenge with the disconnect between the academia and policymaking and was optimistic that the programme would help fix that problem.

Mr. John Agyekum Kuffour the former President of Ghana who conducted the inauguration expressed his joy about the new addition to GIMPA’s many programmes saying “you can not separate international relations from public administration as used to be the situation in times past.”

The reason, he said, was because the whole world is caught up in globalization “and all nations are struggling to achieve its mission in it.”

He stressed the need for individuals to study international relations to help fashion out policies as well as make beneficial negotiations.