The Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour, has charged UPSA graduates to be innovative, courageous, and equip themselves with the right skillset to stir up the desired transformation and development for the country.
He noted that, due to the ever-increasing competitive nature of the job market, degrees and certificates no longer serve as trump cards for young graduates.
Mr. Fordjour added that it is imperative for graduates to be innovative, adventurous, and willing to offer solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting societies.
“As you leave the shores and four walls of this institution, I would want to challenge you to add on to professionalism, integrity, courage, and innovation,” the deputy minister said at the Fourth Session of the 14th Congregation of UPSA, where he was the congregation speaker.
He told the graduate: “Recognise that many are those who hold similar certificates and degrees that today would be conferred on you. But the most rewarding opportunities await those who stand out in the crowd, those who embrace innovation, those who will dare to venture where others are running from, and those who will offer solutions to some of the complex challenges we are facing today.”
Mr Fordjour commended the management of UPSA for their outstanding leadership and commitment to creating an enabling academic environment for students to develop their careers.
“I must at the outset commend the dynamic and transformative leadership of the Chancellor, the Chairman of Council and the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof. Amartey, for the vision of transforming this university, not only in infrastructure but in positioning this university to become a centre of excellence in academics,” he said.
“This is one of the most thriving universities we have, not only in West Africa but in Africa. The university that is making us proud, even beyond the shores of this nation.”