The Director General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof. Alexander Nii Oto Dodoo, has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof. Abednego F. O. Amartey.
In a closed-door meeting, the two leaders discussed collaborations between the Ghana Standards Authority and UPSA that will yield benefits for both institutions.
Key amongst proposals made is a collaboration between GSA and UPSA in UPSA’s Masters programme in Total Quality Management (TQM).
According to Prof. Dodoo, such a collaboration would further enhance standards for products, services and management practices across industries.
He expressed the need for Total Quality Management professionals with appropriate, accredited qualifications in all organisations to enhance the quality of output, thereby making them more competitive for trade especially at a time when the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) is broadening economic integration to boost trade for national, business and individual prosperity.
He said UPSA is a very important success factor in the quest to produce highly-skilled professionals with solid academic foundations and insights in TQM to populate Ghana’s workforce because “no standards, no trade; no trade, no economy and no economy, no jobs.”
The UPSA MBA in Total Quality Managemnet is designed to meet the high-level academic and professional needs of managers in both public and private sectors of the economy who seek to change the management culture of business and bring management practices to the standards of international best practices.
Ghana Standards Authority, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring and promoting standards for the manufacturing of high-quality goods and services in Ghana, improving the levels of standards in industry and commerce, promoting productivity and efficiency in workplaces and promoting standards in public health, safety and welfare for consumers.
Prof Dodoo, who doubles as the President of the African Organisation for Standardization acknowledged the overwhelming achievements the UPSA has chalked since its inception.
He also commended the Vice-Chancellor and the Management team of UPSA for their immense contribution to positioning the University as a centre of academic excellence.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Okoe Amartey expressed his gratitude for the visit and welcomed the prospects of partnership between GSA and UPSA.
He indicated that he is looking forward to the cultivation of a strong, symbiotic partnerships that will provide student opportunities and employment.
The Vice-Chancellor also thanked the GSA Director-General for his support in UPSA’s quest to have its facilities and faculty certified by GSA in order to build trust amongst stakeholders and the global education ecosystem.