The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) at Legon has held an induction ceremony for the 25th batch of students who will be offering the Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) Programme this academic year.
In all, 244 students, made up of 122 females and 122 males, will pursue various courses in administration, at the school.
Speaking at the induction ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, said the only way Ghana could progress was for students to be committed to making a difference in the society.
“Corporate Ghana would be progressing in great leaps if each of you is committed to making a difference,” he stated.
Prof Aryeetey said students would need determination and commitment to chalk up great success in their academic performance.
“You are embarking on a journey of four semesters. You will need determination and commitment. It will be a rough road. There will be conflicts of time balance between work, school and perhaps family. To survive you will have to be disciplined, committed and dedicated to your studies,” he reminded them.
Prof Aryeetey urged the students to double their efforts and desist from being complacent.
He observed that students took a longer time to move the boundaries and explore further opportunities and therefore urged them to work hard for successs.
Prof Aryeetey noted that the significance of the ceremony reaffirmed the university’s recognition of the reality that busy executives who needed higher management education should have the opportunity to further their education, as it is done in other parts of the world.
“In your special circumstance of being very mature and well groomed in the world of work, the induction ceremony also includes an honour code affirmation ,” he noted.
He reminded them that the year marked the 50th anniversary of the UGBS, saying, 50 years of training the business and administrative manpower needs of the country was no mean an achievement.
The Vice Chancellor said the newly inducted students constituted the unique combination of practicing managers and executives who had real life challenges at work and for whom the programme should offer direct and indirect pointers to solutions for various corporate issues.
“You should therefore challenge your lecturers and push the boundaries of theory through active debate over the concepts your lecturers introduce you to” he stated.
He said an essential difference between graduate and undergraduate work was the level of analytical engagement the student engaged in.
Prof Aryeetey announced the faculty’s intention of introducing a Doctor of Business Administration this year.
The Group Manager of Service Quality Bank, a subsidiary of Ecobank, said it was imperative for students to reciprocate unconditional service from the time of birth to the time of death.
A representative of the class, Ashie Bennet, gave the assurance that the newly inducted students would be the ones to propel economic development in the country.
“We hope to enhance environmental skills to build a formidable force in society,’’ he stated, adding that in the short term we would gain vital promotions for self actualisation.