By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
Over the weekend the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA made history again when it18th congregation ceremony was held in style.
The well attended event, which attracted a lot of dignitaries, ended successfully.
In his address the rector of GIMPA, Prof Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, who gave an overview of the past academic year indicated that the Institute had established two new schools namely; the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SOLASS) and the School of Research and Graduate Studies (SRGS).
According to him, SRGS was established to provide an even better structure and coordination in the delivery of graduate programmes.
‘It would also ensure ongoing quality supervision of research candidates, and timely submission and examination of theses,’ he stressed.
SOLASS on the other hand, he indicated, had already commenced steps to initiate graduate programmes in economics, and to strengthen French language proficiency for public servants and business executives among many other engagements.
Prof. Bondzi Simpson also noted that the Institute has started a series of quarterly public and inaugural lectures.
The first in the series of inaugural lectures, he said, was held on 7th December 2017 by Prof. Samuel Bonsu on the topic ‘The Tyranny of Development- Making Markets and Consumers in Post- Colony.’ The second was held in 22nd February 2018 by Prof. Philip Duku Osei on the topic: ‘Reflections on Public Service Reforms in Commonwealth Africa and Caribbean in the Context of fiscal Stringency.’
‘Look before you Leap: There are potholes in the road’ was held on 21st June 2018 by Prof. Samuel Adjei-Ampomah.
‘We at GIMPA believe the essence of academia is to bring the benefit of intellect and research to bear on national development. It is imperative that theory is linked with practice, hence these lectures. We are looking forward to having two more lectures before the close of the year,’ he said.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson emphasized the investment made by the Institute in staff development through a number of training programmes both locally and internationally, adding that GIMPA would continue to improve upon its human resource development and performance.
‘GIMPA will continue to foster teamwork and unity, focus on student services, learning environment and curriculum development, have vibrant and viable satellite campuses and focus on revenue generation, cost control and accurate financial reporting,’ he noted.
He further admonished the graduands to put to good use the skills and knowledge acquired at GIMPA and strive to make a difference in their field of work.
Mr. Kofi Darko Asante, Chairman of the GIMPA Governing Council, lauded the graduands for their tireless effort saying ‘What we are witnessing today is the fruit of years of hard work.’
He therefore, called on the graduands to be innovative and create realistic ideas to change the course of the country’s history.
Ms. Anna Bossman, Ghana’s Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary to France and Portugal, who was the guest of honour, encouraged the graduands to give back to the community adding ‘ That the only way to show appreciation for the opportunity you have had.’
‘We all have a debt to pay to our country to make it a better place,’ she reiterated.