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9th March, 2019

Speakers at this year’s Graduate-Practitioners Forum have called on the University authorities to emphasize character development in their quest to building the intellectual capacity of its graduates.

 

According to the renowned practitioners, a combination of the two qualities produces integrity and professionalism on the part of the individual which are essential to climbing up the corporate ladder and making meaningful contribution to national development.

 

The speakers which included General Overseer of the Powerhouse Ministries and author, Rev Bernard Arde-Acquah and the President of UT Holdings, Prince Kofi Amoabeng made similar calls when they met final year students of the School of Graduates Studies (SGS) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra last Friday.

 

“The key to national development is an approach to education that incorporates values, ethics, emotional maturity and a sense of civic… Purely intellectual development without commiserate internal character development is very dangerous. [It’s] like putting a high-speed sports car in the hands of a teenager who is high on drugs. Yet all too often in the academic world that is exactly what we do,” Rev Arde-Acquah lamented.

 

He further stated that “there is a need for a new yet traditional approach to education. The one that emphasizes character as well as intellectual development.”

 

The life coach also charged participants to stride towards becoming an ‘uncommon worker’ within every environment they might find themselves. An uncommon worker, he explained, is a practitioner who is productive, truthful, disciplined and has respect for order. He or she must also possess a good sense of responsibility. 

 

He noted that when we are being productive, we are pleasing God. Creating wealth from what He’s given us is what He (God) intended for mankind, Rev. Bernard Arde-Acquah said.

 

Mr Prince Kofi Amoabeng on his part summed it up by saying “character is everything.” Speaking on the theme ‘Contemporary issues in the SME sector; the difference of the graduate practitioner,’ the former CEO of UT Bank said one needs to be selfless and diligent in order to impact on society.

Graduate Amoabeng

Sharing his personal success story, he hinted that there is no smooth journey to the top, adding that it takes a lot of resilience and focus to ‘arrive.’   

 

The Dean of School of Graduate Studies, Dr John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor remarked that the experiences shared by the two distinguished speakers would go a long way to fashion the lives of participants if they heed to them.

 

He added that networking at social gatherings was also an important tool for securing one’s next job and encouraged the graduates to exploit it to their advantage. 

 

“Professional etiquette at social functions is another area I would urge you to take very seriously as you leave academia into the corporate world. Be an uncommon worker. Be an instrument of change wherever you find yourselves and lift the flag of UPSA high,” he advised.

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