By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA during the weekend held its 19th congregation at the main campus, Greenhill.
For the first time, the Institute’s congregation was held in three sessions. The first session was held for the graduating students of the Law Faculty on July 4, 2019. The second session which was for the graduating Master’s students was held on July 26, 2019. The final session was organized on July 27, 2019, for bachelor degree students.
The guest speakers for the first, second and third sessions were Justice (Mrs.) Vida Akoto-Bamfo, former Supreme Court judge, Mr Eson Benjamin, Chairman of the Millennium Challenge Account and Mr Kweku Andoh Awotwi, Executive Vice President Tullow PLC. Limited respectively.
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 constitutes 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 2018 / 2019 academic year, outlined the various new certificate, undergraduate and graduate programmes that the Institute had added to its collection of programmes.
Notable among them were the various one-year duration Master of Science programmes in Public Health and Environmental Studies and policy, Financial Economics, Economic Policy and Energy Economics.
Other two-year duration programmes are the Master of Philosophy in Economics and a Master of Science in Information Technology Law.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson also outlined the various new certificate programmes, while mentioning that the Institute was in the process of seeking accreditation to run a one year Masters in Strategic Communications, Hospitality Management and also a weekend version of the Masters in Hospitality programme.
He also outlined the various public and inaugural lectures organized by the Institute within the course of the year.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson again gave a brief on the progress of the various on-going infrastructural works such as the construction of the MTNFoundation sponsored telecom engineering laboratory and the three-story lecture hall (Infilling) project.
He further congratulated the graduands and urged them to cherish memories they had acquired at GIMPA.
“The Institute has given you so much, it has equipped you with the relevant skills and thus, there is the need for you to give back to society,” he added.
On his part, Mr Eson-Benjamin said the discipline of learning was a very demanding one and lauded the graduands for all the effort put into acquiring the degree.
“Thus, the benefits to you and society should be very significant,” he added.
He urged them to be open-minded, add value to themselves and excel in whatever endeavour they choose to pursue.
In his address, Mr Kweku Andoh Awotwi urged the graduands to exhibit integrity in all their dealings.
“Having integrity is the first step to building credibility, not just as a human being,” adding that having integrity also meant having the courage to listen and hear the truth. Mr Awotwi further commended GIMPA for bringing onboard new programmes to help in developing the human capital of the nation.