Almond Institute, a Graduate School of Governance and Leadership has received approval from the National Accreditation Board to start a 12 month Master of Business Administration in January 2015 awarded by the Australian Institute of Business.
Bishop Gideon Titi-Ofei, President of Almond Institute, said this at the matriculation of undergraduate students and 2nd graduation ceremony for post graduate and short-term executive programmes in Accra.
The 40 students went through rigorous graduation criteria and presented with degrees by its affiliate Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in project management, human resource management, general management, marketing, international business and entrepreneurship.
Bishop Titi-Ofei said a school’s greatness is not only determined by the programmes it runs, but also by the caliber of people it attracts, stressing that the institute’s alumni include leading political figures such as cabinet Ministers, parliamentarians among others.
He said the allegations of corruption against people in leadership and the lack of political will to investigate and prosecute those found guilty must be a concern to all especially Christians.
The Bishop said the country need to re-examine how leaders are chosen since leadership is too serious to be a job for the boys or job for family members or for old school mates.
He said the Book of Exodus gives a clear role of a leader that ‘ but select capable men from all the people who fear God, trustworthy who hate dishonest gain and appoint them as officials over thousands”.
Professor Kwame Boaiako Omane-Antwi, Chairman of Court of Governors of the Institute, said the institute develops leaders who live out their daily life with a deep commitment to leadership with integrity, service with humility and scholarship with ethics.
He said the country needed visionary and self-motivated leaders who could take the initiative to be creative and innovative to enhance competitive capacity.
Professor William Ellis, Vice Chancellor of KNUST, said their outfits were happy to be associated with the institute to structure a course in addressing developmental challenges in the country.
He urged the students to play their role effectively by transforming society as well as remain relevant in their field of study. GNA