GIMPA Hosts 22nd Congregation

By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The 22nd Congregation of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) was held over the weekend in three sessions.
In all, a total of 784 undergraduates were awarded various bachelor’s degrees, 806 post graduates were awarded masters degrees while 5 doctorate students were awarded Ph.Ds.
The first session which was held on July 29, 2022 saw graduands from the School of Technology (SOT), School of Public Service and Governance (SPSG), School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SOLASS) and the Faculty of Law (FLAW) graduating with various bachelor’s degrees.
The second session, also held on Friday, was held for the Business School graduands. The Final session, which was held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, was for Masters and doctorate degree graduands.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the GIMPA Governing Council, Mr. Kofi Darko Asante applauded the graduands for the achievement saying graduation is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication.
He further 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 was the culmination of 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. Samuel Kwaku Bonsu congratulated the graduands for their pursuit of knowledge. He also lauded their families, faculty and staff of GIMPA for contributing to the success of the graduands.
He further gave a presentation of the highlights of the 2021 / 2022 academic year.
Notable among them were the restoration of the academic year to September as was the practice before COVID-19 disrupted the normal academic calendar. Thus, the 2022 / 2023 academic year would begin in September 2022. However, WASSCE students admitted will join in February, 2023 because of the new date for their examination and release of results.
Prof. Bonsu further stated that the Institute had embarked on a number of activities to enhance excellence which is the hallmark of GIMPA.
For instance, a monthly newsletter for students had been initiated to enhance communication on campus, a students’ seminar series with captains of industries had been initiated, and a career and guidance unit had been set up to support and prepare students for the world of work.
Again, to ensure that students acquire the critical competencies needed in the workplace, Students Affairs has initiated various programmes to facilitate placements for students on internship at places such as MTN, Stanbic Bank, Ghana Standards Authority and Opportunity International.
Prof. Bonsu again indicated that GIMPA will from February 2023 offer scholarship to 100 needy but brilliant students to read specific designed courses at the undergraduate level.
‘The programme is not only about developing their brain but are designed for them to relate to the world. It includes a work placement, travels abroad, and community service, among others,’ he added.
Prof. Bonsu also mentioned the launch of the GIMPA Endowment which is targeted at GHC1 billion to support needy but brilliant students. The fund would also go into the development and expansion of infrastructure at the Institute. This is because GIMPA is a self-financing Institution that does not receive subvention from government.
‘All these efforts call for discipline on the part of all stakeholders,’ he added.
The guest speaker for the first session was Torgbui Seth Francis Nyonyo, Member of the 7th Council of the State of the Republic of Ghana. The guest speaker for the second session was Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon. Dr. Daniel McKorley, Chief Executive Officer of McDan Group of Companies was the guest speaker at the third session.


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