Prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey Inducted as Vice-Chancellor
29/12/16: Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has been inducted into office as the second Vice-Chancellor and eighth executive head of the University to steer the affairs of the country’s premier professional and Management University.
At a colourful handing over and induction ceremony, the Chancellor of the UPSA, Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, administered the Oath of Office to Prof. Amartey which was witnessed by ministers of state, members of parliament, the clergy, traditional rulers, representatives from sister universities, members of the UPSA Governing Council, Convocation, staff and students of the University as well as family members.
In his inaugural address, Prof Amartey outlined his vision for UPSA for the next four years which would be anchored on four broad strategic goals of the university, namely: Enhancing institutional image and environment; improving institutional effectiveness; promoting research, and competing in global higher education environment.
He said UPSA Management under his leadership would invest in staff training and development, and create a culture of institutional ownership. “Accordingly, expectations are high with respect to completing the process of transforming this university into a world-class institution of higher learning, the good news is: we are ready, God being our helper, he said.”
He stated that “the shared values of UPSA namely integrity, respect and service will continue to be our watch words.”
Prof Amartey expressed his gratitude to the Almighty God for His grace and blessings; and to the Governing Council of UPSA for the trust reposed in him. He also paid glowing tribute to his predecessor, Prof Joshua Alabi, for his “foresight, insight and far sight in bringing this University from its humble beginning to the enviable position it has attained.”
Earlier, Drolor Bosso Adamtey I urged the new Vice-Chancellor to carry on with the good works of Prof Joshua Alabi in moving UPSA forward by building on the foundation and structure which had been laid.
In his remarks, the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Prof Joshua Alabi, acknowledged God’s guidance and the rare opportunity given him to serve his alma mater in the high office of Vice-Chancellor. He commended the UPSA Council, Management, staff and students for their support during his eight-year tenure.
Prof Amartey joined UPSA 10 years ago as a lecturer at the Department of Marketing after working with a number of corporate organisations. He was among the first batch of lecturers employed to augment the staff strength of the faculty when the degree programme was introduced.
Prof Amartey holds a PhD in Business Administration from the SMC University of Switzerland, Master of Philosophy in Marketing, a Master of Business Administration (Marketing option) and Bachelor of Arts (Economics Major) all from the University of Ghana.
He is a product of the Saint Thomas Secondary School, Accra and Prempeh College, Kumasi.
He has won a number of awards, locally and internationally, with the latest being the prestigious Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2016, which was presented to him at the 76th Meeting of Academy of Management (AOM) annual conference held in Anaheim, California.
SRC Honours Vice-Chancellor
The Student Representative Council, (SRC) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has held a ceremony to celebrate and honour the fourth anniversary of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joshua Alabi. The SRC President, Mr. Sydney Quartey in his address mentioned that the students are cognizant of his efforts and hard work and therefore would like to express their gratitude. “We are envied by many because of your hard work. On your fourth anniversary as Vice-Chancellor, we want to honour and celebrate you, and also tell you how much we love you,” he said.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the student body and stated that he really cherishes the recognition and honour because it is from his own students.
He was grateful to the entire student body for their support during his tenure. “We met an environment that was not conducive so we didn’t have respect, we therefore needed support so we asked students to contribute and they did,” he stated.
Prof. Alabi mentioned that one has to exhibit bravery as a leader in order to confront challenges for solutions. He recounted that, during his tenure as Regional Minister of the Northern Region, he had to take certain critical decisions to achieve great feats. “We have managed the University in the same manner -- transforming it from an Institute into a great University.”
Receiving a citation from the SRC, he expressed profound gratitude and admonished the students to be brave, strategic thinkers, and God–fearing.
The Management team comprising the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abednego Okoe Amartey, the Registrar, Dr. Mohammed Seidu Mustapha and the Director of Finance, Rev. Joseph Antwi, applauded the Vice-Chancellor for his excellent leadership qualities, and noted that, it has been a great delight working under him.
UPSA Hosts African Universities Day
11/11/2016: The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) hosted the African University Day celebrations with an exhibition and a High Level Panel Discussion on the theme; “Entrepreneurial Learning & Communities of Practice” as part of activities to climax the week-long celebration. The panel discussion featured Prof. Goski Alabi, Dean, Centre for International Education and Collaboration, Mr. Mike Nyinaku, Chief Executive Officer, BEIGE Capital and Dr. Josephine Larbi-Apau, Head of Graduate School & E-Learning Management System, Presbyterian University College.
The Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with private and public Ghanaian universities, as well as other higher education stakeholders participated in the event to mark the day. In his address, Prof. Etienne Ehile, AAU Secretary-General expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, and the entire university community for hosting the event. He said the Association is playing a key role in promoting and sustaining best practices across Higher Education Institutions on the continent, indicating that, this has been possible through the various development partners of the Association.
Prof. Ehile stated that, Ghana is one of the key countries on the continent which continue to strongly promote the advancement of higher education. He also paid tribute to the government of Ghana for generously providing the Association with a new ultra-modern two-storey secretariat building to be inaugurated in June, 2017 as part of activities marking the golden jubilee celebration of the AAU.
“Fifty years of serving the African continent as its voice for matters on higher education and development issues, is indeed, a great feat worth celebrating,” he remarked.
He said the rate of unemployment among graduates in Africa had reached a worrisome level, therefore African universities should expose their students to the possibility of creating their own jobs by deepening their entrepreneurial skills; since quality entrepreneurial education is a vital tool for fighting poverty and unemployment in Africa.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joshua Alabi, said the theme for the African University Day could not have come at a more opportune time given the high number of unemployed youth particularly graduates from higher educational institutions across Africa.
“This situation is indeed, a matter of deep concern and has engaged the attention of policy makers, educators, and managers of higher educational institutions; regarding the urgent need to stimulate job creation for the youth, who graduate from various higher educational institutions in Africa,” he said. It is also heart-warming that AAU is engaging the various stakeholders, especially from industry, to bridge the gap between research and industry and to ensure the relevance of curricula to national development,” he added.
Some of this year’s participating universities were drawn from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA), Wisconsin International University College, Islamic University College, Ashesi University; Kumasi Polytechnic University, University of Health and Allied Sciences among others.
Prof. Joshua Alabi Receives National Award
29/10/2016: The Government of Ghana has conferred on the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Professor Joshua Alabi, The State Honour of Officer of the Order of the Volta (OV).
President John Dramani Mahama honored the Vice-Chancellor and 32 others at the National Honours and Awards ceremony in Accra. The National Awards is the country’s highest honour that recognizes individuals for their distinguished service and contribution to the country’s development. The awardees, spanning from diverse sectors; the Judiciary, academia, public service, medicine, politics, governance and philanthropy were all honored at the ceremony.
In a citation signed by the President, Prof. Joshua Alabi, was recognized for his invaluable Public Service especially in the development of education in Ghana.
UPSA Holds Graduation For First Batch of Peer Counsellors
01/11/2016: The Counseling Unit of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has graduated its first batch of 25 peer counselors in a ceremony held at the University’s campus.
The peer counselors made up 10 females and 15 males were taken through basic counseling concepts, communication skills and ethical issues in counseling for a semester to equip them with skills be able to counsel their peers.
Rev. Stephen Acheampong, head of the UPSA Counseling Unit, explaining the rationale behind the training student counselors indicated that there was an increasing numbers of students who needed counseling services, thus the need to train student counselors who could address some of the needs of their peers.
Moreover, Rev. Acheampong revealed that problems related to the transitional phase of most freshmen from their various second cycle institutions into the University are best addressed by their peers.
The roles to the peer counselors, according to Rev. Acheampong would include organizing outreach programs for their peers, as well as marketing the counseling services of the University to their colleagues. “You are now student advocates of the Counseling Unit, and are therefore expected to market the Counseling Unit to your colleagues as well as help them solve some of their problems.” He said.
Dean of Students, Mr. Mawuli Feglo, chairperson for the graduation ceremony reiterated the need for peer counselors and stated its importance in the university set up. He congratulated the students for undergoing the program and advised them to be ethical in all their dealings.
UPSA Holds 2016 Matriculation
22/10/2016: The University of Professional Studies Accra has organized a Matriculation ceremony to.officially welcome 3,216 newly admitted students for the 2016/2017 academic year.
The figure represents 46.25 percent of the 6,954 applicants received by the University with the breakdown as follows: 592 students were admitted at the Diploma level, while undergraduates were 1,942; postgraduate students were 596, and professional level-79.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Joshua Alabi in an address announced that the University had introduced two new programmes, namely the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme and the Bachelor of Science Actuarial Science programme.
Prof Alabi further stated other programmes such as the PhD Leadership and PhD Marketing were at different levels of the accreditation process and would soon be rolled out when the required processes were completed.
Advising the matriculants, the Vice-Chancellor indicated that more often than not, there is a tendency by students to see the oath swearing segment of the ceremony as a routine, hurriedly done and merely to fulfill an obligation. This, he stated should not be the case.
“The swearing off the oath should be seen as an occasion to make solemn declaration and commitment of oneself to abide by the requirements of the oath,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
He advised the matriculants to develop their creative abilities, aim high and diligently purse their education aspirations.
“You have come here mainly to improve yourselves academically, so you should develop a very serious approach toward your studies.”
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude towards the University Community for the wonderful support he had enjoyed over the years. He was particularly happy about the absence of any incidence of industrial action and student demonstration. He attributed this to the wonderful relationships that exist within the University Community. He pleaded that the same support be granted to his successor, Pof Okoe Feehi Amartey.
He mentioned that the University Council had given approval for the acquisition of 100 plots of land at Oyibi, near Accra, for the construction of staff bungalows.
“This initiative is within the context of management’s desire to motivate staff of the University, who have worked very hard over the past years to improve conditions at the University, and also to continue to give of their best,” he said.
He also mentioned the work was currently ongoing on the construction of a 3,500 sitting capacity auditorium and a student centre. This edifice, when completed will among other things, house; shops, food courts, meeting rooms etc., which will facilitate other campus activities outside the lecture halls.
Chairperson of University council, Mr. Justice Nii Aryeetey, advised the matriculants not to live beyond their means or else it would not auger well for them. He urged them to be studious and come out with flying colours at end of their various programmes.
Prof. Goski Alabi Appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of the African Network for Internationalization of Education
Prof. Mrs. Goski Alabi, Dean of the Centre for International Education and Collaboration of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has been elected the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Africa Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), for a period of four years.
She was elected at the 7th ANIE annual conference held in Ghana from the 5th -7thOctober, 2016 at Mensvic Grand Hotel on the theme “Partnerships for Knowledge Generation & Sustainable Development.” The conference was hosted jointly with the Association of African Universities (AAU).
The African Network for Internationalization of Education is a pan-African network and a think-tank committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building, information sharing and exchange, transnational networking and cooperation, and policy advocacy on internationalization of education. Established in 2008, ANIE has its Secretariat based at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.
The Conference resolved that there is an awakening of internationalization in higher education in Africa due to globalization and contemporary technology. The Forum thus presented opportunities for networking and discussions of best practices among universities on strategies deployed for sustainable international partnerships and collaborations and knowledge sharing. The Conference reiterated the notion that internationalization of higher education goes beyond faculty and students exchanges. African universities were therefore encouraged to aggressively develop regional and global sustainable partnerships and collaborations to take optimal advantage of the opportunities presented by internationalization and globalization.
The Conference elected a new Board with Prof. Tolly Mbwette as its Chair. Prof. Mbwette was the former Vice-Chancellor of Open University of Tanzania and is currently the chair of the Pan African University, as well as a Board member of the Association of Africa Universities (AAU). He takes over from Prof. Chika Trevor Sehoole, the Dean of Faculty of Education of Pretoria University whose tenure has come to an end.
UPSA to get new mosque
06/10/2016: Prof Joshua Alabi, Vice-Chancellor of University of Professional Studies, Accra, (UPSA) has cut sod for the construction of a multi-purpose mosque on the University’s campus.
The new mosque will replace the old one which was demolished to make way for infrastructural development on the UPSA campus.
The project, which is estimated cost of USD200, 000 is being funded and constructed by Direct Aid a non-profit organization from the State of Kuwait. According to Engineer Ahmed, of Direct Aid, the building is a three-story facility with offices, washrooms and a library.
In a brief address, the Vice-Chancellor said, he was confident that Direct Aid would put up an edifice befitting the status of the University, and was impressed that the contractors promised to complete the project within six months.
Speaking on how the Mosque would impact on the lives on Muslims on Campus, the Ghana Muslims Students’ Association (GMSA), UPSA Chapter patron, Mr. Alhassan Bunyaminu said “the new mosque will enhance unity, peace and tranquility among the students.” Mohammed Ali, President of the GMSA-UPSA corroborated with his Patron in his remarks saying, “the mosque will acts like an ant hillto unit all Muslims on campus.
The University Imam, Mohammed Amin was grateful to the state of Kuwait for their prompt response to the school after they made a request for a place of worship.
UPSA Wins HR Focus 2016 Business Challenge
23/09/16: The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has emerged winners of the HR 2016 Business Challenge contest after a grueling and a keenly contested competition.
The 2016 Business Challenge contest, which was part of a Career Development Session aimed at mentoring university students, took place during a Conference for Human Resource practitioners. The Conference was organised by L’AINE Services in collaboration with other international partners at the World Trade Centre.
The Conference equips students, jobseekers and young executives with the necessary tools for their career advancement.
The seven-member UPSA team from the Department of Business Administration demonstrated professionalism and teamwork as they convincingly expressed the feasibility of their business strategy during their competition. The team had the legitimacy from both the participating audience and the three independent judges and could not help but give UPSA thumps up as the winning team.
The winners were awarded with a demonstrative cash price, souvenirs from MTN, Surfline, and the Kharis Group, one year subscription to HR Magazine; supervised specialized internship program at UnileverGhana and Cal Bank with Ghc 400 monthly stipend for each of the presenters. They also received congratulatory message from their cohort competitors.
An independent body settled on three of the best Business Schools in Ghana, namely; University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Ashesi University College and University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), to compete in the competition. The organizers presented the same on-the-spot business case scenario to the participants after which they were required to brainstorm, come up with a solution which they presented to a panel of three judges.