2024 February Freshmen Orientation: Embracing New Beginnings and Academic Excellence


By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

The beginning of each year at the Greenhill Campus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) marks the arrival of numerous new students from various parts of Ghana and the sub-region. This year was no exception, as freshmen arrived on the campus, eager to embark on their educational journeys. The orientation for undergraduates took place on January 30th, 2024, at the GB Auditorium. Subsequently, the graduate students underwent their orientation on the following day, January 31st, at the same venue.

The Deputy Rector of GIMPA, Dr. Augustina Akonnor, formally welcomed the newcomers, congratulating them for securing admission to study at GIMPA. She expressed gratitude for their choice of GIMPA and underscored the significance of the orientation process. Dr. Akonnor emphasised that orientation provided an invaluable opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the Institute’s policies and procedures, meet faculty and staff, and gain insights into available resources. “Your arrival here marks a new chapter in the story of your life. You have the opportunity to determine the direction, the plot, and the tempo of your story,” she remarked. Dr. Akonnor encouraged students to create an education that opens new worlds and possibilities, with the guidance of the talented faculty and administrators.

She further urged the students to thoroughly acquaint themselves with the Students’ Handbook available on the Institute’s website. She stated that adherence to the rules and obligations outlined in the handbook was crucial for a successful stay at GIMPA. Dr. Victoria Kunbour, the Secretary of the Institute, provided students with a historical overview of the Institute. She navigated through the various Schools, Directorates, Departments, and Units, explaining the chain of command system associated with each. Dr. Kunbour also outlined the rules and regulations that students needed to adhere to for a fulfilling experience at the Institute, reassuring them of the Institute’s readiness to support and partner with them throughout their academic journey.

Representing the Dean of Students, Mr. Kwabena Amoah, the Senior Assistant Registrar at Students Affairs, extended a warm welcome to the students. He encouraged them to leverage the opportunities offered by the Students Affairs Unit, including counseling sessions and exchange programs. Mr. Amoah urged students to engage with each other beyond the classroom, fostering a sense of community. The orientation was attended by Directors, Deans, and other senior members of the Institute. The Kumasi and Takoradi Satellite campuses conducted their orientation sessions on their various campuses, setting the stage for an enriching academic year at GIMPA.


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