A Leadership Colloquium has been held for final year MPhil students of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA).The Strategic Leadership Colloquium was intended to foster discussions on what the students found out during their field visits to several companies they chose to research about.
The students made presentations to a panellist on ten companies namely; Grand Pacific Limited, The Accra Compost and Recycling plant, The Ideal Provident farms, Spintex Chemist, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Ghana Football Association, Blueskies Company Limited, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Tina’s Solutions and The Volta Regional Hospital.
Professor Goski Alabi, the Dean of the Centre for International Education and Collaboration and one of the judges said that the 2017 strategic Leadership Colloquium was aimed at merging industry with academia and to create the platform for students to share values learnt.
Addressing the gathering on the difficulty in Strategic Leadership, she said Africa may have to consider good leadership in addition to good governance if she was to succeed. Good leadership and accountability she explained accounts for the needed and necessary constructive changes that create a better life for the people and accelerates the rate of development of the country and continent at large.
Dr. Richard Amponsah, Chief Executive Officer of ACARP stated that the lack of Relationship between curricula and Job market, internships vs. Cooperative Education, and lack of appreciation for research and development at Ghana’s Higher education institutions, are but some of the reasons for the gap between academia and industry.
The colloquium assessed the presentation by the students on three key rubrics; the content of what was represented, organisation and presentation.