The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) will soon run a system for students to graduate with both an academic degree and a professional qualification. Prof. Abednego Okoe Feehi Amartey, Vice-Chancellor of UPSA revealed this during a meeting with a 16-member UPSA alumni delegation which called on him and his Management team on Wednesday.
According to Prof. Amartey, while students who come to pursue degree courses will be made to study to obtain professional certification, students with various levels of professional qualifications will have their grades harmonised so that they are rightly placed to pursue degree programmes. Nicknamed, “Professional qualification or Perish,” Prof. Amartey explained that the system, “will set UPSA apart from other business schools in Ghana and make our graduates the most-sought-after on the job market,” he said.
During the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor brought the alumni up to speed on the several developments taking place at the University. “We now have a Law Faculty and an Actuarial Science Department; we also hope to run a course in Real Estate Development in the near future. With all these and many more, in the pipe line, I would like to see how you can contribute to your alma mater,” said the Prof. Amartey.
In line with this, the Vice-Chancellor mooted two initiatives for the alumni to consider, namely a mentorship programme and an endowment fund, and asked that a three-member alumni committee, led by Mr. Francis Dadzie, Executive Director of Advertising Association of Ghana to set the ball rolling.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was grateful for the enthusiasm shown by alumni called for a united front regardless of whether one graduated when the University was then the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) or UPSA, as “everyone has something to contribute to the alma mater.”