The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) will soon begin a PhD programme in Defence and International Politics.
Preparations are underway to launch the programme as part of the college’s expansion drive.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Commandant of GAFCSC, said given the progress of work done in the Masters programme and the infrastructural expansion that was ongoing, the college was confident that introducing the PhD programme in Defence and International Politics would be another success story.
With regards to facility development, the Commandant said the College had initiated a programme to enable potential Defence Staff (DS) to acquire PhD to facilitate the future expansion of the College.
Rear Admiral Amoama said this during the College’s joint graduation ceremony of Course 37 and Master of Science in Defence and International Politics (MDIP) programme on Friday.
Course 37 was the second in the history of GAFCSC to do an integrated course study, comprising the Passed Staff Course (PSC) and the MDIP.
In all 64 PSC students from 12 African countries; namely Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and Bostwana graduated; of which 37 were from Ghana.
On the other hand, 49 students in the regular and 30 weekend MDIP students graduated at the ceremony.
The MDIP graduands were mainly from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Diplomatic Missions, security services and private institutions.
The College was established with the mandate to train officers of the Ghana Armed Forces and allied officers of Africa in command and staff responsibility.
Rear Admiral Amoama said as a centre of excellence for professional military training and inter-agency and department training, the College nurtures and encourages all its students to be responsible, effective and efficient in their respective roles in their chosen careers, with teamwork as a cardinal principle.
He said as expected, demand for allocation of vacancies from sister African countries was on the increase due to the quality and impact of their products at both national and international levels.
He said with the successful graduation of the first cohort of civilians in the MDIP programe, GAFCSC had positioned itself to fill the critical gap in national policy space by providing civilians a blend of academic excellence, sound leadership and military discipline to drive the nation’s socio-economic development.
The Commandant said the College had also put together a five-year strategic plan from 2016 that provides a road map for the implementation of its future programmes.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who gave the keynote address, commended the college for helping to shape the career of military personnel in Ghana and beyond.
He said the quality of training the college provides to its students has enabled them to excel in their professions around the world.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur expressed delight that some aspects of professional military training have been integrated into the course to enhance the discipline and preparation of students.
He said current global complexities and challenges demand that officers would have to develop a broad outlook to appreciate security issues in all forms
He urged the management of the college to continue to design programmes that would enable it retain its strategic relevance on the continent.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur also charged the pioneer students of the MDIP Weekend programme to maintain high standard in their endeavours and serve as ambassadors for the college.
He said the training that they have received from the college is not an end in itself but should spur them on to do more.
At the function, the GAFCSC also honoured General Joshua Hamidu (rtd), the first Commandant of the college by naming an auditorium after him.