The 17th congregation of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, (GIMPA) has been held over the weekend.
Prof Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector of GIMPA, addressing the gathering noted that the Institute was positioned to build on its strengths and take advantage of existing opportunities and remain the centre of excellence in leadership, management and public administration.
‘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.’
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, performance and compensation issues.
He expressed his appreciation to the students of the School of Technology for coming first in the 2017 Mobile App Challenge, an annual competition aimed at encouraging computer science students to develop innovative technology solutions which addresses real life business and societal issues.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson further urged 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.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, the Okyenhene, called on the graduands to be innovative and create realistic ideas to change the course of the country’s history.
He said knowledge was pivotal in every dispensation and it was critical for graduands to apply the skills acquired to transform the country and thereby make it great.
He urged the graduands, who were trained in governance, technology and business administration, to integrate their skills to become change ambassadors and ensure that the knowledge gained would benefit the entire society.
‘You need to set your goals as graduates, be persistent in the pursuit of your vision and strive hard for success because we live in a world that is knowledge-driven and need to take advantage to grow’, he said.
He, however, expressed worry about the spate of unemployment in the country saying that about 40,000 students would graduate this year and this would add to the existing numbers.
Osagyefo Amoatia therefore called for the decentralisation of our various institutions to help create opportunities for others to take charge of responsibilities to spur development in the local communities.
Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Former Vice Chancellor of Winneba University of Education, said tertiary education is critical for economic and political development and this provided an avenue for the needed human resource development.
‘We need bold and aspirational visions to transform the tertiary educational system to respond to the direction for change in the society through the production of highly skilled work force,’ he said.