Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Precise Financial System, Dr. Akinyele Osuolale Okeremi has received the Most Disciplined Student award at the Doctoral graduation of Nobel International Business School in Accra, Ghana.
11 corporate executives from Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Zimbabwe and Canada who pursued three-year doctoral programmes at the university were graduated and honoured with doctoral degrees.
Among the graduates was Dr Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, Ghanaian Minister of Business Development and former Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.
The Executive Director of DevApps Limited, Dr Mercy Omari-Tenkorang, was honoured with the Most Outstanding Student award, while the Head of Financial Institute/International Organisation RAM AWA, Ecobank, Dr Naomi Wolali Kwetey, took the Most Practical Thesis award.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor urged African universities, especially their business schools, to adopt the international practice of providing opportunities for academically qualified professionals and executives to teach in their institutions.
He said embracing such a practice would boost the capacity of the universities to offer a more practice-oriented approach to train their students with the relevant proficiency, tenacity and skill set needed for them to succeed in their work after their graduation.
“Introducing academically qualified executives into the university classrooms could also help address the skill gap between academia and industry,” he stated.
“The global tertiary educational system is currently in an era when university faculty members are required to be both academically prepared and professionally abreast of ongoing development in their respective fields of teaching endeavours,” he said.
The Programme Director of the NIBS Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) course, Dr Livingstone Caesar, challenged the graduates to use the knowledge and skills they had acquired to make a positive impact in their communities.
“Use your knowledge to proffer workable solutions to the many problems our business and general communities are battling on a daily basis. This is the essence of a doctorate, as anything less than that will be a serious shortcoming on your part,” he told the graduates.
Dr Omari-Tenkorang, on behalf of the graduates, thanked the faculty and staff of the NIBS for “helping to develop a new breed of executives who have gained some mastery and analytical minds to help solve the myriad of challenges facing the African continent”.