A total of 35 students on Thursday graduated from the Laweh Open University College, an affiliate to the Open University College of Tanzania during its 4th graduation ceremony.
Out of the 35 graduates, five were awarded Master of Business Administration (BA) in Procurement and Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management respectively while one was awarded Master of Science in Development Economics.
For the undergraduate category, six graduates were awarded Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and Accounting, eight in International Business Management and ten in Human Resource Management.
Ms Lois Frimpong was adjudged the overall best graduate student with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 3.85.
The 4th graduation ceremony was on the theme “leveraging the gains made by Open, Distance and E-Learning to improve the quality of education in Ghana.”
The ceremony was graced by the Ambassador of Suriname to Ghana, Mrs Fidelia Graand-Galon, representatives from the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and other relevant stakeholders.
Addressing the graduands, the Consulting President of the College, ProfessorGoski Alabi noted the educational institutional had over the period of 2019 to 2021 produced 156 graduates which includes the 35 students who graduated yesterday.
Additionally, she said the institute had also collaborated with some legal brains and regulatory agencies to organise training programmes for various institutions in the area of real estate law and management, cyber security and data protection.
Prof. Alabi further elaborated on the importance of Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) saying “the benefits of ODeL is indeed invaluable. Talk about the huge numbers that are engaged in ODeL, the countless online meetings, wider access to tertiary education, and the money and time and energy saved by the use of ODeL”.
The use of ODeL as a method of teaching and learning, she said, was in consonance with the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA16-25) of the African Union (AU) and therefore called for government and private sector investment into it.
She also urged the graduates to apply the core values of leadership, innovation, flexibility and entrepreneurship imparted into them to address problems and challenges of society.
On his part, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Krowor Constituency, Mrs Agnes Naa Momo Lartey, who was the Guest of Honour, said the method of ODeL would aid in the improvement of lives and education, particularly in women.
Additionally, she opined that the method would also enable the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).
According to Mrs Lartey, in order to sustain the ODeL method, it was important for the state to re-evaluate its role with other stakeholders to remove hindrances against the access to higher education.
The Founder of the College, Professor Joshua Alabi, said making an impact in society did not depend on where one received training.
BY BENJAMIN ARCTON-TETTEY & CHARITY ASUKA