PROFESSOR Joshua Alabi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, (UPSA), has been honoured with the Chartered Institute of Bankers’ (Gh) Excellence Award, in recognition of his sterling leadership credentials in the development of the university over the years.
The award presentation took place at an event in Accra yesterday, organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers, in partnership with Banking and Finance Department of the university.
It was on the theme, ‘Developing competent and qualified human resource for a sound financial system; a collaborative effort between educational and financial institutions”.
Professor Alabi thanked both the Governing Council and the students for their various role played in helping him to carry the university to where it is now.
“The Governing Council creates the policy direction and that helps in the day-to-day work of the institute” he said.
The development of the institute, he said, was as a result of students’ contribution and their prudent use of resources.
He debunked the school of thought that development of the university was solely on government support.
“There are times I move out and people do tell me that because I am aligned to the government in power, maybe the resources come from there. I have done everything to tell them that credit must be given to the students, because it is the students’ money,” he said.
Presenting the award, Mr. Clifford Duke Mettle, President, Chartered Institute of Bankers (Gh), said it would be an understatement to refer to the professor as just a guru, because “he is a connoisseur”.
In a related development, the university has launched a BSc course in Actuarial Science.
Dr. Charles Barnor, Head of Department, Banking and Finance, said the course was to prepare students for further professional studies in actuarial careers.
He called on industry to partner academia to help raise efficient graduates.