GHANA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (GIMPA)
By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has held its 23rd Congregation for students who completed programmes of study in the 2022/2023 academic year. A total of about one thousand students graduated, out of which 10 students were Ph.D. graduands, 351 graduated with Masters Degrees and 603 graduated with various Bachelor’s Degrees.
The two-day event, which took place from Friday, July 28, 2023, to Saturday, 29, 2023 at the GB Auditorium, was in three sessions. The first session, which was held on the morning of Friday, comprised graduands from the School of Technology (SOT), School of Public Service and Governance (SPSG), and the Faculty of Law (FLAW). The second session, also held on the afternoon of Friday, saw graduands of the Business School and the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SOLASS) bagging different undergraduate degrees. The Final session was held on the morning of Saturday, July 29, 2023, for Graduating students of the various Doctorate and Masters’s degree programmes.
The ceremony was presided over by the Chairman of the GIMPA Governing Council, Mr. Kofi Darko Asante who constituted the assembly of the three sessions of this year’s congregation. He further congratulated the graduating students and reminded them of Management’s commitment to improving student satisfaction. He again urged them to make conscious efforts to let their experiences at the Institute count in their future endeavours and also appealed to the graduands to be good ambassadors of the Institute. The Minister of Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who was the guest of honour at the first and second sessions, called on the academia to establish stronger ties with industry and government and foster collaborations for the development of the nation. He indicated that the collaboration should include meaningful internships, research partnerships, and joint initiatives that would bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Hon. Mrs. Gifty Affenyi Dadzie, a member of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise; and a Trustee of the COVID-19 Trust Fund, who was the guest of hounour at the third and final session, urged the graduating students to build the spirit of entrepreneurship. She further applauded GIMPA for providing the necessary training and skills needed for the graduands to excel in their various endeavours. Both Hon. Oppong Nkrumah and Mrs. Affenyi Dadzie are alumnae of GIMPA. The Rector of GIMPA, Prof. Samuel Kwaku Bonsu congratulated the graduands for their pursuit of knowledge. In presenting the highlights of the 2022 / 2023 academic year, he indicated that a key step in positioning GIMPA as a centre of excellence was to outline a new vision for the Institute. In view of that a proposed 5- year strategic plan had been developed to, among other things, ensure its sustainable existence. He further stated that much emphasis had been placed on building integrity and discipline, ensuring quality, and developing a KPI-based performance culture. The focus of the Institute in the past year, according to the Rector, had been on laying the relevant foundation to achieve the plan of becoming a leading institution in Ghana and beyond.DIRECTORATE OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS & INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT