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The Weekend School of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) was established in August 2009. The establishment of the School was necessitated after the management of UPSA had realized the challenges encountered by most of the regular students at the university. The challenges included late arrival of students to the classroom, physical and mental exhaustion of students after close of work which adversely affected their academic performance.
The main objective is to make the academic programs of the university more accessible to a greater number of students and make optimal use of the facilities of the university.
The mission of the Weekend School is to produce scholars who aspire to become tomorrow’s practitioners and leaders. The school aims to use the advancement in modern technology and enriched curricular to educate its students through the integration of academic excellence and professionalism.
We aim to be one of the top Weekend Schools of Higher Education globally, with a reputation for research and teaching.
The research areas of the School include Business Management/Leadership, Marketing, Accountancy, Company Secretarial Practices, and Corporate Governance.
State-of-the-art facilities including communication networks and computer -aided technologies.
The programmes run by the School include BSc. Marketing, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance, and Post-graduate programmes.
The Office of the Dean
University of Professional Studies
P. O Box LG 149, Legon-Accra
Tel: +233 302-500722/500171/500723
The emergence of Distance learning is changing dynamics of teaching and learning at higher education globally. The demand for tertiary education, nationally and worldwide, in the last few decades has outstretched the limited resources of educational institutions. In short, access has become critical and is available to a few. The solution has been to utilize innovative approaches including Open Distance Learning (ODL). The Ghana Government policy on Tertiary Education and education technology innovations worldwide provides the policy framework for Ghanaian Universities to increase access to tertiary education. In response, UPSA has taken up the challenge to increase access to tertiary education and training through the Distance Learning School (DLS).
The introduction of Distance Learning School at University of Professional Studies, (UPSA) Accra is in line with one of the strategic objectives of the University that states: “Establish a Virtual life-long learning Centre to meet the diverse needs of non-traditional and off-campus learning.” The DLS avails opportunity for cross sections of professionals and students to take advantage to enroll to be part of the university system.
The target learners for the DLS are professional and students who cannot take time off their hectic schedules to join the normal face-to-face or traditional mode of teaching and learning. Some of these students are found within and without the country. In addition, these targets learners are potential future professionals whose courses are located at UPSA.
UPSA’s DLS aspires to be a world-class open distance education provider in both academic and professional disciplines, nationally entrenched, regionally recognized and globally relevant. The UPSA’s DLS vision is to increase access to both asynchronous and synchronous professional tertiary education and training through blended mode of distance education.
UPSA’s DLS strives to provide flexible open distance education to promote higher professional education and training in business and other social science related disciplines by leveraging a structured mix of Scholarship with Professionalism.
UPSA’s DLS provides quality professional and demand driven tertiary and lifelong educational programmes and courses through the use of emerging new technologies.
Mode of Operation
The pilot phase will involve both undergraduate and graduate School programmes. The DLS adopts the blended or hybrid method of teaching and learning. Blended learning method will be deployed by using multiple teaching and learning strategies, a range of technologies in combination with face-to-face interaction and the deployment of both physical and virtual resources.
The DLS has a number of facilities, which will enable it carry out its mandate of teaching and research in the University. UPSA has in place an open source platform known as Moodle. Currently, faculty members have been using the platform in delivering their courses. UPSA DLS will expand the use of Moodle platform and add up other open source software plug-ins to enhance the usage of the platform. There shall be Ultra Modern Distance Learning Centre, where both faculty and students could use to enhance teaching and learning.
Piloted Graduate Programmes
The following Graduate School Programmes are going to be deployed through blended distance learning mode:
The programmes Undergraduate programmes will follow suit in subsequent academic years.
Distance Learning School
University of Professional Studies
P.O Box LG 149, Accra
Tel: +233 244438164
WHO CAN ENROLL? IS IT YOU? – WE HOPE SO . . .
The Evening School Programmes are designed for those thinking about returning to study later in life and those who are so busy and hitherto will not get the opportunity to enroll as a regular student. It is for people who have daytime commitments, or perhaps a health condition, which means that part-time study, is the only viable option. It is a programme for adults who have some recent experience of study or who are working in a demanding professional environment where organizational and/or technical skills have been tested. It is for adults who feel they have missed out on higher education but are confident that they can succeed in degree-level studies. It is for mature learners who feel they would work best in a supportive environment, with dedicated staff, alongside other committed students.
Philosophy of the Evening School
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), in the quest to become a Centre of academic excellence, has introduced new programmes and varied sessions (morning, evening and weekend) to meet contemporary socio-economic and human resource challenges. This posturing was consequential to it receiving the Presidential Charter in September, 2008 to award degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The Evening School was created in January 2010 to address the peculiar challenges associated with working and acquiring tertiary education concurrently. In this regard, the Evening School is an avenue for potential candidates of the University’s programmes who cannot make time for regular hours of lectures to take advantage of this window of opportunity to enhance their skills. This decentralization is also to enhance effective management of the University.
The objectives of the Evening School are to:
Offer the existing academic programmes to prospective applicants (particularly workers) who do not find the lecture hours of the morning session convenient.
Create the needed conducive environment for adult learning.
Make UPSA academic programmes more accessible to a good number of people who normally would not have had the opportunity to enhance their personal skills.
THE EVENING DEGREE AT A GLANCE
Study for a Diploma or Bachelor of Science (General) Degree in 1 – 4 years
Combine a range of modules and build up your degree programme
Credit can be given for recent previous learning
Take classes on evenings
Academic year begins in August
Flexible to changes in your circumstances
Supportive study environment
At the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) we believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit, that education should be available to the widest possible community, and that no student should be denied access to a university education by age, social background or inability to pay. We have enhanced the flexibility of our diploma and undergraduate degree programmes to make participation attractive to everyone in our local communities. Our degree-level classes are run in the evenings to accommodate students with daytime commitments, particularly those who live locally in and around the Greater Accra Region though we have private hostel facilities that accommodate students coming from outside Greater Accra and the country.
We are now able to offer a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Accounting, Banking and Finance degree to students who have taken advantage of the breadth of science modules available to study. Many students who apply acquire credit for earlier qualifications, making it possible to gain a University of Professional Studies degree in a considerably shorter time-frame; our first cohort of Evening Degree students graduated in 2012. We take pride in the University’s reputation as a caring institution where every student matters, and where excellent undergraduate teaching is a top priority. This is a philosophy we carry into the Evening School programme, and I am delighted to extend a warm invitation to you to explore the opportunities available to experience for yourself the academic environment which makes University of Professional Studies, Accra one of the best universities in Ghana and one of the top institutions in the world.
Dean of the Evening School
University of Professional Studies, Accra
EVENING SCHOOL PROGRAMME
The Evening School of the University Professional Studies, Accra covers all the four mainstream Undergraduate Programmes as well as four Diploma Programmes. These are:
Bachelor of Science in Marketing Programme
Bachelor of Science in Accounting Programme
Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance Programme
Bachelor of Business in Administration Programme
Diploma in Accounting
Diploma in Marketing
Diploma in Public Relations Management
Diploma in Management
WHEN – AND WHERE – DO THE CLASSES RUN?
Classes for the Evening School programme take place on Mondays to Fridays from 4:00pm to 9:20pm. Students come to classes according to their time-table schedules. Classes take place either in the teaching rooms in the new Lecture Block Complex (LBC), the AB and the NH buildings, or within the Departments or academic Schools where the lecturers and tutors are based. In this way, students have easy access to all the facilities they need to complete their academic studies successfully. The time-table is there to guide each and everyone.
Information about teaching and assessment
Teaching methods vary from module to module but all include lectures and small discussion groups.
There will be a reading list for each module which will be sent out before the start of teaching; in most cases one or more textbooks will need to be bought.
Assessment for modules is largely based on essays, reports, presentations and other exercises prepared in the student’s own time. There may also be tests to be taken during regular class hours.
What do I need to get in?
The normal requirements for entry to undergraduate degree programmes here at University of Professional Studies, Accra are considerably relaxed for the Evening Degree. Applicants must, however, demonstrate that they are capable of profiting from, and succeeding in, a demanding academic environment. This can probably best be demonstrated by having succeeded in recent certificated courses, but ‘life skills’ and personal experience are also important, in which case we would be looking for evidence of the following:
An awareness of what is involved in following a programme of study at this level – and being committed to following it through.
Experience of the discipline, routine, organization and time management involved in following a formal course of study, or through the demands of a job.
Skills such as; knowing how to engage in formal discussion; being able to produce sustained pieces of written text in response to set questions; word-processing/web competence; the ability to develop and share opinions with others.
Entry qualifications offered by successful applicants’ could include:
Higher National Diplomas (HND) in a related area. Advanced (A)-Levels.
An approved Access to Higher Education Course.
SSSCE / WASSCE certificates
Professional qualifications awarded by, for example, nursing, accountancy, banking or other bodies.
English Language Proficiency
If your first language is not English, you will be required to offer evidence of competence in English, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, Cambridge Advanced.
I have a disability . . .
The University very much welcomes applications from students with physical disability. Within the University, there is a medical unit in place to assist students professionally. They can be contacted at any stage of the application process for information, advice or support. Applicants are encouraged to make known their needs as early on in the application process as possible. This allows the medical unit enough time to work towards having support put in place from day one.
The University today
Founded fifty (50) years ago, the University of Professional Studies, Accra is the first Professional University in Ghana which provides both academic and professional business education. It has gained a reputation as the oldest Professional Accountancy and Management tuition provider in Ghana with many of its products in key leadership positions in Ghana and elsewhere.
The University is now one of Ghana’s most research-intensive seats of learning. It is one of the top-rated universities in Ghana for research, teaching of professional courses such as Banking and Finance, Marketing, Accounting and Administration; and student satisfaction. Its international reputation for delivering high quality teaching and research and student satisfaction make it one of the most sought-after destinations for prospective students from Ghana and overseas. It has a staff of over 200 and maintains one of the strongest records in Ghana for teaching quality, good degrees and student support. The University also provides an invigorating intellectual climate in which staffs have close contacts with each other and with colleagues in other Ghanaian and overseas universities and research establishments.
What makes the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) special?
Consistently high teaching quality within a strong research environment.
Excellent retention rates.
Diverse forms of teaching: web support and small group interaction.
Flexible modular degree structures.
Compact and friendly
A Ghanaian university with a cosmopolitan atmosphere that easily accommodates international students as well.
High reputation for an excellent student experience.
What makes the University of Professional Studies, Accra Evening Degree special?
You can study for either a Diploma or Bachelor degree, with a broad range of modules/subjects on offer each year.
Credit can be given for recent, previous learning.
We promote flexible learning
We offer a supportive environment where students can achieve their academic potential.
The Evening Degree goes from strength to strength; there are over 2015 students on the programme.
As an Evening Degree student …
You can use all University and student facilities, including the University Library, the Sports Centre, and the Students Union and join student societies, vote in and stand for student elections.
You will be allocated a personal university computer account number to access your email and to the University network for online information and learning materials through the moodle learning platform.
You can speak – in confidence- with staff from Student Services and the Evening School Secretariat about any welfare matter: financial hardship, and finance advice, personal relationships, disability and long-term medical support and advice, emotional and spiritual issues.
THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The University of Professional Studies, Accra Library has a central role to play in your academic studies. All new Evening Degree students are taken through an orientation tour of the Library as part of their Study Essentials programme, to meet some of our Library staff, and learn about the library resources. Expert and helpful staffs are around to help you find information to support your learning and to ensure that you make the best use of the wide variety of print and electronic information resources and services on offer. Training is available in Information Finding skills for individuals or group basis throughout your time at the University. The Library is open for over 100 hours per week throughout the semester, including weekends. The Library holds over 100,000 books, a collection of e-book, more than 11,000 print and electronic journals, academic databases and an extensive collection of DVDs. A separate large cluster of networked computers can be used to access the Library web pages and the many online databases and electronic information resources subscribed to by the Library.
STUDENT SERVICES UNIT AND THE CHAPLAINCY BOARD
The University offers a caring and supportive environment for its Evening Degree students through regular personal contact with academic tutors, the office of the Dean of the Evening School, and Student Services Unit. All areas of students’ welfare are covered by the Student Services team of advisers and counselors who can be contacted on issues such as personal relationships, financial hardship, disability and long-term medical conditions, and general welfare issues.
The Chaplaincy Board acts as a patron for all faith base, cultural and environmental groups in the University. The Chaplaincy Board works closely with Student Services Unit and plays an important role in students’ welfare through support and encouragement as well as meeting students to discuss their emotional, spiritual and academic issues. Confidentiality is the hallmark of the Chaplaincy Board.
HOW TO APPLY
Application Forms can be obtained from Ecobank and Access Bank. For further information about the application, please contact:
Helen Arkorful (Mrs.)
Dean of the Evening School
University of Professional Studies, Accra
The Academic Director
University of Professional Studies, Accra
P. O. Box LG149, Legon
Tel: +233 (0302) 500722, 500723
Evening School Contacts:
We strive to provide quality graduate education and research in business and related disciplines to produce creative learning people in pursuit of development. In doing this, we leverage a structured mix of scholarship with Professionalism.
Scholarship to us means the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge and Professionalism means Application of knowledge for development in an ethical way. These two are the key driving forces of School of Graduate Studies (SOGS) existence.
We believe our first responsibility is to the students, staff, alumni and all other stakeholders. In meeting their needs, everything we do exemplify continual learning and development.
The foundation of Graduate School is based on the need to provide higher level business education that is responsive to societal needs and prepares graduates to creatively and critically apply knowledge and skills for economic and social improvement. From our foundation as a place of useful and applied learning, we consider as critical, our responsibility to research, teach and be of benefit to society.
To be a world-class graduate school of Business and related disciplines inspired by values of Learning, Integrity and Development.
Functions of the Graduate School
In achieving its mission and objectives, Graduate School relies on three functional areas which include:
Teaching and Learning
Industry Support and engagement with society
Master of Business Administration in Petroleum Accounting & Finance
Master of Business Administration in Internal Auditing
Master of Business Administration in Corporate Governance
Master of Business Administration in Marketing
Master of Business Administration in Total Quality Management
Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance
Master of Business Administration in Auditing
Master of Philosophy in Leadership
Master of Science in Leadership
Enhancing the Management of Natural Resources for Sustainable Community Development by Traditional Leaders in the Oil and Gas Regions of Ghana – Project completed
Forces Promoting or Constraining the Development of Quality Assurance as a Governance Tool for Accountability in Higher Educational Institutions: The Case of Ghana – on going
Computer Laboratory/ICT Facilities Available
The School has a well-equipped computer laboratory which is opened to both students and staff. In addition, the School has developed a data processing centre that uses a student database Software. The Software performs four functions:
Registration of Students
Processing of Examination Results
The School has a Postgraduate Library that has a wide range of books for teaching, learning and research activities.
There are a number of lecture halls with whiteboards and felt pen facilities for teaching. The halls are well furnished with air-conditioners and public address systems with overhead projectors to facilitate teaching and learning.
The School recognizes the need to provide hygienic food for its staff and students. It is for this reason that a refectory has been opened to regulate food provision at the School under hygienic conditions and at affordable prices. The Senior Members’ Club House and a Snack Bar for Junior Members also serve drinks and snacks.
Supply of Utilities
Water: Water supply to the School is currently above average and reliable. This will be complimented by underground water reservoir and borehole facility with reverse osmosis for purifying.
Power: Power supply is adequate. Besides, the University has in place two heavy duty stand-by generators for use.
Internet Connectivity: The entire Graduate School has internet connectivity.
The University has a clinic equipped with modern health facilities (including ambulance) for emergencies under the care of a Principal Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer to address the health needs of both staff and students.
Equipments including fire extinguishers have been provided at vantage points of the School for safety purposes. The School also has enough security personnel who are at post both Day and Night.
The Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) is a Directorate of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA). The Institute is mandated to carry out such continuing Professional education, consultancies, and other income generating activities relating or relevant to education and training. The Institute of Professional Studies is headed by a Director.
To be the leading tuition provider in Professional Programmes in Africa and beyond.
We strive to provide and promote quality Professional education and training in Accounting, Financial Management and Marketing. The interest of our student is our priority.
Research areas include Accounting, Financial Management and Marketing.
The Institute of Professional Studies is the only public tertiary institution in Ghana currently mandated and accredited to provide both Degree and Professional programmes in the academic disciplines of accountancy and management. Since its establishment in 1965, the Institute has been collaborating with the following Professional Bodies:
It has since been training students for the aforementioned professional examinations.
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Welcome to the Faculty of Management Studies. The Faculty of Management Studies is committed to developing world-class human resources and capabilities to meet national development needs and global challenges, through quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge dissemination. At the Faculty of Management Studies we set high expectations for our students and establish engaging curricula and learning environments. We also provide students with skills and experiences needed to succeed in a complex, technology-driven, global society. We endeavor to provide the skills needed by students to solve complex business issues in a range of environments with a challenging, rigorous education, and with support, coaching, and personalized attention.
The world of business is constantly evolving and we are committed to offering a high quality education in a way that prepares students for their real-world experiences. We pay attention to industry trends and the needs of our students. We also prepare students for a flexible future so they are equipped to go out and make a difference in the world. We are committed to connecting students with the passion they have for a successful, meaningful career.
Our academic, technical and auxiliary staff support undergraduate and post -graduate courses which provide students a rich immersion in academic study, personal growth, skills expertise and work flexibility. We encourage life, work and business competency.
Today’s competitive business world demands a different kind of preparation of students. Get your degree from a school that offers scholarship with professionalism.
The Faculty of Management Studies of University of Professional Studies, Accra is the Premier Centre for Professional Education and continues to lead the way in preparing students for the management of Business. The Faculty has two departments, namely the Departments of Business Administration and Marketing. The Faculty gained its status as Academic Faculty in 2005/2006 Academic year.
The Faculty of Management Studies is distinguished by an enviable pedigree which has reflected in its outstanding products of students and alumni who have always exhibited scholarship with professionalism both nationally and internationally. From its beginning, the Faculty has been a place of intellectual excellence; it is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through education and research— all with an eye on building a knowledge society.
We infuse rigorous scholarship into our teaching to deliver an education dedicated to training new generations of leaders equipped with strategic decision-making skills in Public Policy, Business Management, and International Relations to address the challenges of our country and the globe.
The UPSA Faculty of Management Studies is dedicated to delivering bold new ideas in the classroom where students receive unmatched access through small class sizes and their far-reaching networks with leaders in government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.
The faculty is large, distinguished, and diverse. It includes noted scholars, authors, sought-after consultants, and master teachers who hold advanced degrees from prestigious institutions and other world-class universities.
The Faculty of Management Studies of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) was established to provide both academic and professional education to the country. Quality is important to our Faculty because we value our students. We strive to provide our students with courses which meet and even exceed their expectations. We are committed to continuous improvement and have established Quality Management Systems, which provide a framework for measuring and improving our performance. Our internal procedures are reviewed regularly and held in a Quality Manual which is made available to employees.
• Redefine the Business Graduate
We start by taking a stand on the cultural principles that are ours. We then change the core, elective, and experiential curriculum to deliver our archetype innovative leader.
• Realize Our Intellectual Future
We are distinguished by deep grounding in the academic disciplines, which attracts the world’s top faculty, and by pulling together this disciplinary strength to create leaders of uncommon character and innovative capability.
• Transform Our UPSA Campus
We will make investment in new facilities that address the past game-changing developments. The first shift is from course instruction to learning beyond the classroom. The second is from simply earning degrees early in one’s career to learning that is whole-career.
We envision an educational culture grounded actively in service to the university community and our stakeholders: embodying honesty, cooperation, and delight in diversity and self-responsibility. The vision recognizes the interdependence of all beings and support for all in the provision and acquisition of knowledge.
The mission of the Management Faculty is to create an environment where the values of the University community reinforce self-acceptance in education and acceptance of diversity globally, and promote an environment founded in collaboration, support for educational gathering, workshops, seminars and lectures.
Our Shared Values
We all strive towards a unique state worthy of:
• Embracing group diversity
• Supporting personal growth
• Fostering a sense of responsible community living
• We are respectful and supportive of each member’s dignity.
• We are dedicated in creating an atmosphere of togetherness in the spirit of honesty, love and service.
• Master of Business Administration in Corporate Governance
• Master of Business Administration in Marketing
• Master of Philosophy in Leadership
• Master of Science in Leadership
• Master of Business Administration in Total Quality Management
• BSc Marketing degree programme
• Bachelor of Business Administration undergraduate programme
• Tertiary Diploma in Marketing
• Tertiary Diploma in Management
FACULTY AND STAFF
Prof. Albert Puni
Mrs. Fidelis Quansah
Heads of Departments
Dr. Emmanuel S. Asamoah – Department of Business Administration
Dr. Andrew Akolaa - Department of Marketing
• Mrs Beatrice Akosua Adjapong - Faculty Officer
• Mrs. Harriet Adzowu - Departmental Officer
• Mrs. Leticia Ayarna-Gagakuma –Departmental Officer
• Mrs. Berlinda Adzomani-Diapim - Administrative Officer
In terms of the faculty strength, there are 47 Lecturers at the Department of Business Administration and 32 Lecturers at the Department of Marketing. There are 4 administrative staff at the Faculty.
Faculty of Management Studies
LBC, Room 508
P.O. Box LG 149
Accra – Ghana