Education: Ghana’s Gimpa sets eyes on 90% local cases for MBA by 2016 – Samuel Adams
The Africa Report: What positions do graduates take up after completing your course?
Samuel Adams: Most of our [MBA] students are full-time workers and come to school in the evening. We have some entrepreneurs and many people working in the financial industry and for oil companies. So many of them are already in the jobs they want, but they want to sharpen their skills or look for a promotion or move on to a better organisation. For many of the students on the MBA programme, it is just to have a higher degree as the market has become more competitive.
By 2016 we hope to have 80-90 percent local cases
Do you use a case-study-based approach in your MBA programme?
For the last 4-5 years we have been using that method. As an institution every year some faculties do some case-study workshops, one in South Africa and the other in Spain. The challenge for us is to learn not just the case method but to develop our own cases here in Ghana. Our vision going forward is that we need to write our own cases. By 2016 we hope to have 80-90% local cases.
What is the biggest obstacle you face as a Ghanaian business school?
Getting funding. We are a public institution, but we don’t get any funding from the government. Most of our funding comes from tuition [fees], and that is the problem moving forward. We have a big problem funding research. Now we are trying to reduce our dependance on tuition [fees] by looking for grants, more international collaborations and consultancy services for local industries. It is difficult to attract students from abroad without the funding. Once we do get grants and other things to generate income, if possible we will be able to offer scholarships.
This academic year we are planning to expand to other parts of Ghana. We will also establish campuses in other parts of West Africa. We are thinking of going to Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia.
What does GIMPA do to keep up with international competition?
The first thing is to show that we are global. For GIMPA, the idea of collaboration, by linking with international organisations, is a key issue. GIMPA has to play an active role by looking for collaborations and networks wherever we can find them to expose the brand. ●