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UPSA Consultancy strategically creates value for our clients and brings competitive advantage to their activities. For any specialised assignment, we meet the needs of our clients by combining our capability, network and local market knowledge with our extensive range of available skills and specific expertise.
Our Distinct Features Include The Following: Our Team Our clients value the capacity of UPSA Consultancy to build and project-manage complex, multi- disciplined teams to reach innovative solutions. We are accustomed to building teams that draw on the core competencies of UPSA staff and upon our extensive network of sub-contractors and business associates. This has enabled us to work successfully on assignments at both central and local government levels in diverse sectors such as: Donor funded Projects Human Resource transformation and Training Governance Multi-sector Initiatives Health Research Micro-enterprise Development Our strategic intent is to create value for our clients and bring competitive advantage to their activities.
The collective knowledge and experience of our team is leveraged directly to our client’s benefit to minimise start-up and learning costs. We are well positioned to bring to bear the experiences gained from previous engagements by applying proven concepts to our deliverables. Commitment – The UPSA Consultancy team is absolutely committed to the provision of high quality client services. As such, we invest significant resources towards the development of our team members to ensure continual dedication to the development of our clients’ businesses. Local Knowledge/Capability-Our approach to all client services is founded upon our understanding of the issues within our client’s business. We render services which we believe are beneficial to our clients.
Our familiarity with local business, cultural, political and legal circumstances is combined with our country-wide experience to provide the highest quality service. Our experience – UPSA Consultancy has over the years conducted numerous assignments which are, in diverse ways, relevant to the need of the client. We bring to bear our several years of consultancy experiences which are unrivalled. CORPORATE APPROACH TO WORK Consultancy Services: The methodology for identifying client’s problems and offering solutions has primarily been Hands- on Process Consult approach which is both participatory and interactive. Training Management: UPSA Consultancy’s approach to Training Management covers needs assessment, design, organization and evaluation with a practical mix of participant-centered discussions, case studies, films, role-plays, syndicate work (customized for client’s needs), indoor and outdoor activity-based exercises.
UPSA Consultancy offers customized / tailor-made training on demand to Financial and Corporate Institutions/Organisations. Manuals Development: Our manuals development is centered on relating the subject matter of the manual as a solution to the client’s identified performance problem(s) using appropriate and practical outline and language to enhance learning.
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How you can stay involved
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Welcome to the Faculty of Law, University of Professional Studies, Accra. As you will discover later during this visit, we are currently the youngest Faculty in the University, since our birth took place less than a year ago. Nevertheless, our youthfulness harbours a great deal of youthful exuberances for purposes of providing a top class quality legal education in Ghana.
I also take this opportunity in welcoming our pioneering students and congratulate you on securing your place at the Faculty. I have no doubt that you have worked hard to get a place on our highly competitive programmes and you can take pride in your achievements. We appreciate the fact that you have entrusted your legal education to us and we at the Faculty of Law will work hard to ensure that your studies here are as enriching and fulfilling as possible.
At the Faculty of Law, you will embark on a rigorous and challenging programme of learning that will stretch your talents and abilities, that will ensure that you achieve your considerable potential. There will be a significant workload, often involving much self-motivated effort. You have to show that you have the capacity and ambition to move to the next level and our programmes are designed to unlock the full potential that lies within each of you. The programme of study is developed to equip you with invaluable transferable skills – skills which will serve you well for a lifetime.
However, it is your responsibility to attend lectures, tutorials and extra-curricular activities and your engagement with your modules is critical. The Faculty of Law prides itself on ensuring that students receive the best possible legal education at all stages of their law degree. Our staff are always willing to assist students with any concerns they may have.
Finally, as Head of the Faculty of Law, I am always available should you have any concerns or feedback that you would like to share with me. During your time here at University of Professional Studies, Accra, I hope to get to know each of you a little better and urge you to engage fully not only with your academic work, but also with campus life and all that it has to offer in terms of sports and cultural events. I wish you all a fulfilling and enjoyable time here at the Faculty of Law.
Professor Kwame Frimpong
Dean, Faculty of Law
The National Accreditation Board (NAB) granted accreditation to the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) to set up the Faculty of Law to run Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree Programmes from September 1, 2016. Subsequently, the first batch of students totalling One Hundred and Thirty-four (134) was admitted in the 2016/2017 Academic Year.
The philosophy of the LL.B degree programme is to produce law graduates with sound and relevant knowledge in law, problem-solving skills, professional judgment and community consciousness. The programme combines academic training with a practical and professional touch through clinical legal education, concentrating in areas that reflect the history, identity, vision and mission of the University. In this respect, the programme is business-focused, as it seeks to produce graduates who will contribute to Ghana’s socio-economic development through business-oriented legal expertise.
To provide and promote quality legal education that incorporates practical training and quality research in business, commerce, investment and social science related disciplines by leveraging a structured mix scholarship and professionalism in Ghana and beyond.
To be a world-class provider of legal education, nationally entrenched, regionally relevant and globally recognized.
The Faculty of Law of UPSA, adheres to the philosophy that the dignity, integrity, and personal worth of the individual are highly cherished and respected. Each person, regardless of race, colour, creed or economic status, is a resource of a nation; that education is basic to individual and national development and is the backbone of human resource development; and that the role of the Faculty of Law is to offer each individual the opportunities to realize his potentials, to imbibe the concept of “learning to learn”, to make his most effective contribution to the country’s social and economic development, and to systematize and apply his knowledge into the affairs of men and nations
• Treat all members of the faculty as valued members of UPSA family.
• Encourage open/healthy communication/feedback.
The general aim and objective of the UPSA LL.B programme is to produce world class legal scholars with cutting edge competitive advantage on the basis of their exposure to theory and practice through practical oriented legal education. The specific objectives are to:
1. Equip students with sound theoretical foundation that builds their conceptual capacities
2. Build upon the sound theoretical foundation by exposing students to clinical legal education that gives them the opportunity to participate in community and professional programmes through attachments.
3. Equip students with knowledge and skills of multidisciplinary research methodologies and orientation.
4. Give students the opportunity to acquire and upgrade their professional practical skills through course work where they wish to develop the level of skills necessary to become practitioners in these roles.
5. Equip graduates to continue to develop their professional skills through their careers.
6. Enable graduates of the programme to plan, integrate and direct the application of their skills within a strategic legal practice framework.
7. To Equip the students with solid research based orientation to enable interested ones to follow the path of graduate studies.
We achieve this by:
1. Offering innovative programmes at the undergraduate level, which incorporate as key components, both work based learning and extensive subject choice
2. Maintaining a friendly supportive environment in which students can develop their knowledge and skills through close engagement with staff
3. Prioritizing publications in books and high ranking national and international journals and conducting research projects for policymakers and NGOs at home and abroad.
Continuing to strive for improvement in what we do and reviewing all School activities periodically
• Constitutional Development
• Democratic Governance
• Rule of Law
• Politics in Ghana
• The Judicial System
The Faculty offers the following programmes:
1. Four (4) year LL.B for Non-Degree Holders (Full Time)(Day) for which the entry requirement is grade C6 or better in three (3) core subjects and three (3) elective subjects. A pass in selection test and an interview.
2. Three (3) year Post Degree LL. B (Full Time) (Evening) for which the entry requirement is a good first degree from a recognized University and a pass in a selection test and an interview.
The Faculty of Law has the state of the art lecture halls, furnished with air conditioners, fans, comfortable furniture, well-spaced lecture halls, public address systems, projectors and ICT laboratory to facilitate research and learning at AB9 Block.
FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:
Dean - Professor Kwame Frimpong
Head of Department (Private Law) - Professor Edmund Kwaw
Acting Head of Department (Public Law) - Dr. Francisca Kusi-Appiah
Faculty Officer - Mrs. Leticia Akyeampong
Faculty Records Officer - Mr.Thomas Appiah Kubi Asante
Senior Administrative Assistant - Mrs. Joyce Sackey
1. Professor Kwame Frimpong
2. Professor Edmund Kwaw
3. Dr. Francisca Kusi-Appiah
4. Mr. Godwin Adagewine
5. Mr. Kwasi Owusu- Agyemang
6. Mr. Rowland Atta-Kesson*
7. Ms. Mavis Ekua Enyamah Kwainoe
8. Ms. Natasha Odarkai Lamptey
9. Mr. Albert Quashigah
10. Mr. Richard Dua-Ansah
11. Mr. Kofi Oti Adinkrah Jnr
12. Mrs. Akosua Asah-Asante
13. Mr. Eugene Ablade Oninku
14. Mr. Yehoda Nii Kotei Kotey
15. Mr. Theophilus Tawiah
16. Mr. Baffour Yiadom- Boakye
17. Mr. Courage Asabagna
18. Ms. Gertrude Amorkor Amarh
* On study leave
We look forward to welcoming you as a prospective student or collaborator for us to work together in a friendly and a collegial environment on our primary areas of teaching, research, seminars, conferences, and service.
The Concept of Public Accountability demands that politicians and public servants who are entrusted with public resources must be answerable for their fiscal and social responsibilities to the people who provided the resources and who assigned the responsibilities to them.
In a democratic society, Public Accountability is a key aspect of Good Governance. It promotes good behaviour on the part of public servants and enhances effective public service delivery. Unfortunately, Accountability and Transparency in the public sector have been evasive and cited as the primary causes of corruption in Africa.
The Mo Ibrahim Index of 2013 pointed out that “Accountability is one of the weakest elements of governance in Africa with an average score of 39.6% which reflects high levels of corruption in the public sector and government and low levels of prosecution for abuses.”
According to a GIZ paper prepared for a recent Accountability Conference in Rwanda, “unaccountable and corruptive behaviour of political and bureaucratic elites, a weak judiciary, as well as lack of independence from the government, have been identified as the main reasons for weak accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
This growing challenge requires an in-depth understanding of the complexities of accountability and transparency in public sector management. It is a process which calls for close collaboration between academia, public sector practitioners, civil society organisations and the media.
It is this understanding and the need to promote accountability in the country that constitutes the primary objective of the Public Accountability Centre of the University of Professional Studies, Accra.
The primary objective of the Centre is to study, research and develop recommendations and advocate for reforms to promote Accountability and Transparency in Public Sector Management so as to improve the quality of public service outcomes.
The Vision of the Centre is to establish itself as the leading tertiary-based Institution and think-tank in the provision of quality and relevant Training, Research and Consultancy support to enhance and promote Public Accountability in Africa.
To promote and enhance sound Public Sector Accountability Institutions and Mechanisms in Africa by providing practitioners with the opportunity for continual learning and development, research and knowledge sharing as well as consultancy support.
Guided by our vision and mission, the Centre operates as a non-partisan think-tank committed to the development and practice of sound public sector accountability institutions and advantage of the multi-disciplinary team of experts at UPSA, we provide a varied range of learning opportunities to public sector practitioners in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.
Broad Areas of Operation:
We promote the research profile of the Centre by taking advantage of the multi-disciplinary team of experts in the School of Graduate Studies at UPSA to conduct and disseminate research in various fields relevant to Public Accountability Mechanisms. We continue to explore opportunities for collaboration with other universities to deliver research services. Research results will be disseminated through the Centre’s newsletters, website as well as scholarly papers presented at conferences.
Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building
We provide quality and relevant training as core and regular function of the Centre.
The two main forms of training are:
We provide training and consultancy services to players in the public sector accountability system such as Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, Parliaments, development partners and non-governmental organisations. We seek to maintain a credible and accurate database of public financial activities such as public debts. We track and monitor government revenues and expenditures and disseminate our findings in our monthly newsletters.
This has often created a perspective of traditional institutions being old fashioned and has placed them under constant pressure to change. Historically traditional leaders have played and continue to play significant and diverse roles in African societies. Traditional leaders had combined the roles of the executive, legislature, judiciary and the military. More importantly, chiefs in the past led their people to war to defend, protect and extend territories. In contemporary times, however, the nature of warfare for the chiefs has changed. Wars are no longer fought against external aggressors but against poverty and hunger, diseases, squalor, illiteracy, crime, injustice, environmental degradation, depletion of resources, greed, ignorance and disputes over lands, property, and kingship.
With this kind of paradigm shift in the functions of traditional leaders and chiefs, it has become absolutely necessary to provide the traditional leaders with training for good governance. This is particularly relevant in situations, where the functions and duties of elected representatives and traditional leaders are not harmonized. Conflicts and overlap of their activities and initiatives have become extremely detrimental to the development of national and local communities. Courtrooms are filled with cases of chieftaincy disputes and conflicts in relation to land and property issues in the country. The use of land guards and other unacceptable individual means are now employed as measures to safeguard lands. All these issues stem from poor collaboration among traditional leaders, political activists, and land sector agencies.
The ineffectiveness of the leadership at the helm of affairs in the traditional areas coupled with poor record keeping and documentation management has resulted in several negative repercussions that have bedeviled the development of communities. Pressures of political leaders and societal demands reflect the need for establishment of structures and systems for good governance in traditional areas. However, for seamless governance to materialize, traditional leaders must betrained in effectiveness for their roles as leaders in this country.
For instance in August 2010, the research project by the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), in collaboration with KNUST and UNICAL on “Enhancing the Management of Natural Resources through the Empowerment of Traditional Leaders in the Oil and Gas Regions of Ghana towards Poverty Reduction” drew attention to the fact that most of the traditional leaders charged with the responsibility of managing land had little or no knowledge about land administration and records and documentation keeping in particular.
The provision of training in traditional leadership issues, land administration, conflict management, negotiation skills, and records and documentation management is therefore imperative and will prepare these leaders to handle the plethora of millennium challenges facing their communities. For such training to be effective, it must be regular and continuous in order to better equip and address these varied issues.
The establishment of a traditional leadership centre at UPSA is therefore timely. This provides the platform for an institutionalized training programme for traditional leaders that will enhance their capacity to lead and manage their resources effectively and sustainably. In this regard, the Otumfuo Centre for Traditional Leadership in UPSA is themed, “traditional leadership and seamless governance”.
Among the objectives of the Centre is empowering the traditional leaders to bring about constructive change necessary for development in their various communities. The modules to be discussed during the training include the following thematic areas of concern:
The expected output and objectives associated with the proposed training would include the following:
It is intended that after the training, the University would publish the proceedings in a form of magazines as a contribution towards the enhancement of traditional leadership in Ghana.
The Drolor Centre provides a facility that brings leaders together to explore leadership in a global context with the aim of providing leadership development, leadership research, and case sharing to participants. In addition to providing a platform for leaders to engage in creative and focused big picture thinking, it also explores how leaders can develop cooperative global leadership and partnerships in a political and economic context. It examines what strategic and global leadership models may deliver better and sustainable value. Central to this, the Centre provides leaders with skills to enhance their communication in order to stir passion and ignite the ore for change in others for greater societal impact.
The Drolor for Centre Strategic Leadership is therefore to:
These symbols have over the years become the norms and acceptable standards for Africa south of the Sahara. African leadership – traditional, religious and political leadership – has played a significant role in the development of this symbolic culture. Often poorer countries have blamed their plight on imperialism or colonialism without considering how culture, leadership, and management practices could have contributed to the situation. These conditions have often been blamed on corruption, greed, dictatorship, military coups, incompetent leadership, and mismanagement. These ineffective leadership practices are believed to undermine Africa’s governance systems, development, and culture. Africa needs to change these trends, and it is only the African people who can truly help themselves.
This is why strategic leadership is crucial. The question is why has African leadership practices not yielded the expected results for Africa even up til now? It is believed that the lack of strategic thinking and the inability to use what a country already has to get what it needs has contributed largely to Africa’s developmental slowness. It is time for African leaders to build the condence of their people to take their destiny into their hands without missing the opportunity to leverage global capital through prudent partnerships and networks rather than dependency on aids and support. It is against this background that the need to set up a centre to develop leaders with a requisite social capital, leadership skills and competencies for partnerships, networks, economic development, and social skills to make a difference on the continent was conceived.
To be a Centre of Excellence for high level and executive leadership development in Africa for Africa’s accelerated development.
The Centre exists to nurture a global community of leaders who are willing to make a difference with their presence by creating and delivering value that goes beyond their time and/or geographical boundaries. Leaders who understand the consequences of their actions and inactions on current and future generations and can act ethically in such a context.
The aim is to create a distinctive world-class leadership development platform and experience based on global trends, events, research, and community engagement that can provide political, traditional, spiritual, corporate and business leaders with requisite entrepreneurial, creative and ethical thinking skills that can create and deliver value sustainably. Our approach will benet from the rigorous research conducted on the Master of Philosophy and Master of Science.