UPSA Alumnus and Minister for National Security, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah has commended the Management of the University for what he described as “marvellous work done in moving the institution from a place of obscurity to a position of prominence in the past two decades.”
“To be honest, I have been awe-struck by the state-of-the-art academic facilities that have sprung up on this campus,” he said as he shared fond memories of his alma mater.
“And as I entered the auditorium, I was left wondering whether I am at the very same place I had my education years ago or I am elsewhere in one of the Ivy League schools in the United States of America.”
He stressed that the high academic standards set by the university with corresponding graduate performance in the world of work were a testament to the good works by both past and present management of the institution.
The National Security Minister, therefore, encouraged the current management to continue in that direction.
It’s been over 40 years since Mr Kan-Dapaah graduated from the University of Professional Studies, Accra (then Institute of Professional Studies- IPS), and returning to the institution evoked a great deal of nostalgia for him.
The former Member of Parliament for the Afigya-Sekyere West Constituency, speaking at a recent public lecture organised by the Centre for Peace and Security Research at the UPSA said: “Truly, I stand before you today fully aware that beyond the fond memories that moments like this evoke, the story of my life cannot be fully told without referencing my days here as a student of the University of Professional Studies.”
“Indeed, it was on the campus of this great institution, then called the Institute of Professional Studies, that a young boy from Maase-Boaman, a small village in the Ashanti region, began his journey in pursuit of a career in accountancy.
“The solid foundation laid by this institution would later serve as the perfect launchpad that propelled him through the ranks to have a sterling career both in accountancy and politics.
“There are no prouder moments than this and I consider it a great honour to interact with you on this day. And so, for students present in this auditorium, who continue to question what this university has to offer, my story and that of many prominent individuals like the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Joshua Alabi, among others, should be your answer.”