The University of Cape Coast School of Business has held the prestigious Dean’s award ceremony which was chaired by the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies.
Speaking at the brief ceremony, Dean of the UCC School of Business, Prof. John Gatsi said the Dean’s award is an important event on the calendar of Business Schools globally which recognizes motivated and high performing students who obtain first class at the end of each academic year.
The Dean noted that there was about 40 percent drop in the number of awardees as compared to the 2019 number, saying, even though deeper analysis about the cause of the drastic fall in the number of awardees has not been done, last year was challenging to both students and lecturers in adjusting to new modes of teaching and learning which might have affected performance.
Prof. Gatsi explained that in extracting the best for the Dean’s list, students’ who obtained disturbing CGPAs were referred to the heads of department for counseling, encouragement and support.
The provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Francis Eric Amanquandoh, encouraged students to study hard to sustain and outperform the current performance.
“Learning is a difficult task and the Dean’s award is appropriate to motivate students for the hard work. I urge administrative and teaching staff to continue to give off their best to support the students,” he said.
Guest speaker for the ceremony, Alhassan Yusif Trawule, who is the Research Director at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana recounted his personal experiences while in University of Cape Coast and outlined important principles for success.
Mr. Trawule further encouraged students to ensure choose good friends, mentors who can influence their lives positively, rather than those who will introduce them to trouble and other social vices.
The ceremony was streamed live on social media platforms for the rest of the students, parents, alumni and the public.
Professional bodies showed support for the award with sponsorship packages. CIMA provided cash awards to students who were not in first class last year but are now awardees due to hard work while Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply awarded two past students for their outstanding performance at the Master of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain.
Chartered Institute of Accountants Ghana launched the new syllabus and donated a number of study manuals to the School of Business Library. It was announced that Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) is working hard to hand over a new resource centre to the School in April.