By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The 20th Congregation of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA was held last week.
The ceremony which was held physically over two days and in four sessions was on the theme ‘The Changing Face of Tertiary Education Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.’
A total of one thousand and six (1006) students from the six Schools of the Institute, graduated with bachelor and master’s degrees in various programmes.
The guest speakers for the four sessions were: Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah, Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCO; Justice (Mrs.) Gertrude Torkonoo, Supreme Court Justice; Mrs Kate Agamah, Head of Transactional Solutions, Stanbic Bank and Bishop James Kwaku Saah, Senior Bishop, Christian Action Faith Ministries and Action Chapel International Cathedral.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the GIMPA Governing Council, Mr Kofi Darko Asante congratulated the students for the effort put into acquiring the qualifications, saying it was indeed a unique day for the graduands.
He noted that the congregation constituted years of hard work and resilience and was optimistic that the knowledge gained by the various graduates will go into developing the country generally.
The Rector of GIMPA, Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, who gave the highlights of the 2019 / 2020 academic year, explained the rationale behind the four sessions of the congregation. He said the aim was to be able to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol of not having too many people congregated in one place, preventing the spread of the virus.
He further outlined the various new certificate, undergraduate and graduate programmes that the Institute had added to its collection of programmes. Notable among them was the introduction of a Master of Law programme which was yet to receive accreditation.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson also hinted that the Institute was about to celebrate its 60th anniversary dubbed ‘GIMPA @ 60’which was scheduled for January to December 2021.
Some of the programmes to commemorate the celebration are thanksgiving services, Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, fun events involving staff and alumni, fundraising, public lectures, a book launch and finally, the investiture of a new Rector.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson congratulated the graduands on their achievement and encouraged them to pursue further studies saying, ‘The possession of your degree is not the end of learning. Learning is a life-long process.’
He further entreated them to be public-spirited and use the knowledge and skills acquired to make Ghana better. He further urged them to support the alumni association of GIMPA.
Speaking at the first session the CEO of GRIDCO, Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah charged the graduands to understand the new normal that the whole world was plunged into and develop themselves to succeed in this digital era.
He again urged authorities of the Institute to start developing programmes to suit the new age that we now found ourselves since it had become evident that some programmes were about to be rendered redundant amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the gathering at the second session, Justice (Mrs.) Gertrude Torkonoo, Supreme Court Justice, among other things, urged the graduands to enter the global world with boldness and also use technology to create wealth and safety for all.
On her part, Mrs Kate Agamah, Head of Transactional Solutions, Stanbic Bank, who spoke at the third session, praised the Institute for the theme chosen and emphasized the importance of technology in all spheres of life.
She noted that the COVID-19 pandemic required that things were done differently henceforth and stressed the relevance of the use of technology in this regard.
Bishop James Kwaku Saah, Senior Bishop, Christian Action Faith Ministries and Action Chapel International Cathedral speaking at the fourth and final session reiterated what the other guest speakers had said about technology and added that “Covid-19 could well be the catalyst for an overhaul in educational systems and institutions worldwide.”
He urged the management of GIMPA to embrace the technological changes that come with the new face of education after the pandemic.
Directorate of Corporate Affairs & Institutional Advancement