The University of Professional Studies (UPSA) has opened its Enterprise and Innovation Centre (UEIC) to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship and build successful businesses by the UPSA student and alumni community.
The UEIC is in line with the commitment of UPSA for excellence. It also seeks to build successful and impactful businesses. This major step will help inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people especially at the university level and create employment opportunities in the private sector.
Former Railways Development Minister, Joe Ghartey, has been appointed as Board Chairman of the UPSA Enterprise and Innovation Center.
Speaking at an event to launch the UEIC, Mr. Ghartey urged the student who would take advantage of the opportunity to become economic game-changers.
“To the students who are participating in this Initiative and to the youth at large, I say free your mind. Move from the mentality of appointment to a mentality of creation. Don’t look for a job, create a job. Some of the richest people in the world today dreamt when they were your age and today have impacted the whole world.
I am sure you know I am talking about Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and the likes. They are no better than you. You are all creations of God, created wonderfully in his own image. Imagine how many tasks a computer can do and your mind is more powerful than the computer,” he said
He added that: “We in Ghana have produced a Secretary-General of the United Nations, we have people working all over the world including NASA. Professor Allotey, a mathematical genius, comes to mind and many more have come out of Ghana and impacted the world.
When our forefathers thought about independence, they had to free their minds first. The youth of today, free your mind, the world is your canvas, use it and paint a masterpiece that we will all applaud.
It should be said that if our fathers gave us political independence, this generation has given us economic independence. Let me remind you that, nothing is impossible in the sight of God.”
Joe Ghartey as Chair will be assisted by other members of the advisory board which include Richard Osei Owusu who is chairman and Managing Director of NASS HOLDINGS, a conglomerate with an interest in mining, hospitality and education.
Other members of the center’s advisory board are Mrs Kate Quartey Papafio, Chairperson of Reroy Cables limited, Nelson Amo, Executive Director of Ghana Technology Lab, Professor Raymond Dziwornu, Dr. Gerald Nyanyofio, Ms Leticia Browne, and Dr. Mrs Fidelis Quansah.
Joe Ghartey (left) former Minister for Railways Development with board member, Richard Osei Owusu