An inter-University challenge has been held at GIMPA as part of celebrations marking the African university day.
The event, which was put together by the Association of African Universities (AAU), was themed: “Entrepreneurial Learning and Communities of Practice.”
In his address the acting secretary/ registrar of GIMPA, Mr. Julius Atikpui, commended the AAU for the initiative, saying it was a laudable one.
He stressed the importance of collaborative exchanges and linkages between institutions to the progress and development of such institutions.
“The paradigm shift from independence to interdependence of universities does not only impact on the quality of teaching, learning and research, but also makes students more appreciative and receptive towards other people’s ideas and beliefs’’.
Touching on the theme, Mr Atikpui said it was very significant as most students look for non-existing jobs in the public sector once they graduate from school.
“Entrepreneurial skills will sharpen their mindset, their critical thinking capabilities, problem solving skills, communication and how to work effectively as a team,” he added.
Mr. Atikpui was optimistic that GIMPA will come out as the winner of the challenge, laying credence to the fact that it was one of the few institutions where entrepreneurship is taught as a programme at the degree level.
The Secretary General of AAU, Prof. Etienne Ehouan Ehile noted that AAU was the apex organisation and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa.
According to him, AAU has, over the years, provided a platform for research reflection, consultation, debate, and collaboration on issues pertaining to higher education.
“AAU represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions,” he added.
AAU was founded in Morocco on November 12, 1967, following recommendations made at an earlier conference organised by UNESCO.
Some of the universities in attendance were GIMPA, University of Ghana, University of Professional Studies (UPS), Wisconsin University, Regional Maritime University among others.
The challenge itself was between GIMPA, Wisconsin University and UPSA.