The Accra Business School (ABS) says it has repositioned itself for the future with four key developments for quality teaching and learning.
Among them are included: a home-Uni, described as the African Game Changer, offering academic programmes 100% online. Second is strengthening the internationalisation agenda of ABS with two significant collaborative partnerships recently secured. A validation in March by North Wales Business School of Glyndwr, UK, to offer degrees in the Business & Management field; and also a partnership with an Irish Higher Education Institution – Institute of Technology Carlow – to offer a suite of courses in Computer Science, all from September this year.
The School has also established in the last few months an International Advisory Board and a Panel of International Visiting Lecturers, both comprised of stellar global academics to further burnish its international credentials.
Thirdly, the School is enhancing its campus infrastructure – which has seen construction of the ‘Christ Square’, a modern twin-tower facility comprising a library, forty-bed facility, 12 lecture halls, executive learning spaces, restaurants and an outdoor eatery. And finally the 10th MBA graduation, which is an important milestone as the school now belongs to a distinguished group of alumni who through their studies with ABS have gone to make an incredible contribution to the development of Ghana and beyond.
Vice-President of the School, Prof. Elvis Cornerstone, made the statement in his report of the School’s 10th Congregation ceremony which saw about 122 students awarded with various degrees and diplomas. The graduates consisted of 121 MBA’s and a Postgraduate Diploma.
The event was held at the Accra Business School’s ‘Christ Square’ located at Spintex Road, on the theme ‘MBA Education and National Development’. The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament.
Prof. Elvis Cornerstone described the 10th Congregation as a journey of success. “Our total admission on all programmes stands at 1,893. Out of this number, 1,031 students made up of 701 MBAs, 135 Postgraduate Diplomas and 195 Bachelors and Level 7 Extended Diplomas have graduated so far. The total number of students currently enrolled on the various programmes stands at 862. This consists of 415 MBAs, 172 MSc, 152 Bachelors and 123 Professional students”.
Constituting the congregation, Prof. Kwame Omane-Antwi, Chairman of the Governing Council of Accra Business School, commended management and staff of ABS for adopting innovation and working passionately even in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic to make the graduation a reality.
He reflected on the theme, observing that quality education has the power to transform society; provide citizens with the protection they need from poverty, labour exploitation and diseases; and provide them with the knowledge, skills and competencies to reach their full potential to develop their countries. “MBA Education run by ABS has diverse goals geared toward turning out the right calibre of workforce for both genders; and equipping them with business and entrepreneurial abilities and skills for positions in various sectors of the country.”
President of the School, Prof. Cedric Bell, in his address praised the School’s management and students for the continuous academic progress amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it witnesses the 10th Congregation ceremony, which signifies a huge milestone for the school School’s academic prospects. Prof. Bell urged the graduates to embrace the opportunities given them to become conquerors of their chosen Profession for a positive impact on society.
Mr. Bagbin was represented by Dr. Ibraham Ibn Zakaria, Director of Research-Office of the Speaker, who said the theme ‘MBA Education and National Development’ is timely as the two strike a balance between the role of education and its effect on many variables such as productivity, poverty, social responsibilities, trade, technology, health, income distribution and family structure.
He urged the graduates to utilise their knowledge acquired and contribute their quota to the country’s development by being productive; helping to reduce poverty through increased income and revenue generation; being socially responsible by following laid-down principles and values; and developing good family values for the benefit of all.
One of the graduating students, Mrs. Efia Owusuwaa Archer – who obtained a double award as the Best Student (Project Management) and Best Student (Operations Management) in the Master of Business Administration for the year 2021 – in an interview with the media described the education at ABS as a quality and an all-inclusive one that produces real business leaders. “We are very grateful to ABS for such a great opportunity to acquire knowledge to serve Mother Ghana.”