University of Professional Studies holds congregation

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Saturday held its sixth congregation, during which 2,437 students from various disciplines such as Accounting and Finance, Auditing, Marketing, Corporate Governance and Information Technology Management graduated.

Of this number, there were 251 diploma, 1,905 undergraduate and 283 postgraduate students.

A total of 141 representing 5.78 per cent of the graduating class obtained First Class degrees, 441 or 18.08 per cent with Second Class Upper degrees, 1,029 or 42.19 per cent with Second Class Lower degrees, 259 or 10.62 per cent with Third Class degrees and the remaining 35 or 1.44 per cent went home with Pass degrees.

Two or 0.80 per cent of the diplomats attained Distinction while 83 or 1.44 per cent obtained credit and 166 or 66.14 per cent got pass.

Professor Joshua Alabi, UPSA Vice Chancellor in his report to the Congregation said the University in furtherance of its aim to provide service through extension and consultancy activities to the nation and the rest of the world, the Centre for Public Accountability, Drolor Centre for Strategic Leadership and the Otumfuo Traditional Leadership Centre were established during the 2013/2014 academic year.

He said the information and communication technology had seen remarkable improvement, which he attributed to the innovative efforts of the Information Services and Technology Directorate of the University.

He said UPSA’s Management as part of its vision to enhance the institutions international presence joined the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes; a global body that accredits business, accounting and business-related programmes at the bachelor, master and doctorate degrees levels worldwide.

Prof Alabi announced that plans are far advanced to introduce the Distance Learning Programme of the University.

On infrastructural development projects, the Vice Chancellor said internally generated resources were used to construct the UPSA Hostel, an ultra-modern library and reading room complex and an Anaerobic Sanitation System; that generates gas which would be used by various food vendors providing catering services.

To the graduating students, the Vice Chancellor said: “Persevere in your quest for uprightness and excellence as well as recognise your limitations. When problems present themselves, they are opportunities to come out with innovative solutions.”

Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, UPSA Chancellor said the University is leading the way in finding solutions to some identified critical issues in Ghana by the establishment of the three critical centres with different areas of focus.

He presented the best role model awards in leadership to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Prof Domwini Dabire Kuupole and Prof Alabi.

An elated Prof Kuupole on behalf of his colleague lauded the Chancellor for the honour done them.

Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, Chief Executive Officer of Reroy Cables and Charted Institute of Marketing Ghana Marketing Woman of the year for 2013, who was the guest speaker, advised the graduates to go confidently into the business world, keep their focus and be ready to explore the numerous opportunities that come their way.

“With the right attitude, the willingness to work hard, even with minimal remuneration and desire for self-improvement, you will be preparing yourself for the road to success whether as employees, or preferably, employers,” she said.

For the first time in the history of the UPSA, graduating students were made to take the alumni oath, an adoption from the UCC.

One noticeable incident that took place during the congregation was that the First Class graduates did not have the privilege to shake hands with the dignitaries on the stage, which was attributed to the Ebola viral disease scare which has gripped the whole world. GNA

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