MSc Management Information System programme launch
15 October 2014
New MSc Management Information Systems programme from Henley Business School in collaboration with University of Ghana Business School welcomes its first students in Accra, Ghana.
On 10 October 2014, a ground-breaking MSc programme in information systems and management opened its doors to welcome its first cohort of 15 students from Ghana and Nigeria. The MSc Management Information Systems programme is offered in a brand new building at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Accra, and is the result of collaboration with Henley Business School, University of Reading.
The event was marked by a morning seminar by Professor Kecheng Liu, the first to be given in the new building. Dean Professor Joshua Yindenaba Abor chaired the seminar, which was entitled ‘Knowledge Management in a Semiotic Perspective’ and had over 200 faculty members and PhD students in attendance.
In the evening, the new MSc students were joined by UGBS academics for the opening ceremony. The event opened with a speech from Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost at the College of Humanities, that emphasised the strategic importance of the collaboration between the schools. He expressed his vision for the bright future of the new programme and for potential collaborations to come. Professor Roger Gibbard represented Henley Business School’s Dean, Professor John Board; he introduced the world-class institution and offered a warm welcome to the students.
The ceremony was chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Gyapong, who reflected on the major events and milestones in the course of setting up the collaborative programme. Attendees enjoyed the story of his first inspirational meeting with Dr Yinshan Tang in London and Dr Tang’s subsequent visits to Ghana in the last two years.
Professor Gyapong drew attention to the critical support his staff had given in meeting the challenges of establishing the new programme and affirmed the commitment of the University of Ghana to its success. Financial support from the University of Reading’s International Fund and the continued efforts of Henley and UGBS colleagues all contributed to the programme’s inception. He gave his thanks to both the current and former Deans of UGBS (Professors Kwame Domfeh and Joshua Yindenaba Abor, respectively), to the programme coordinator and Head of Department for Operations and Management Information Systems, Dr John Effah, and to the Dean of International Programmes, Professor Naa Ayikailey Adamafio.
Professor Kecheng Liu welcomed the new students, who join a family of informatics programmes that includes sister programmes in Reading, Beijing and elsewhere. A student representative, Ms. Melissa Baba, extended the students’ thanks to both institutions and expressed her delight at having been admitted onto the programme. Dr Effah congratulated the students for being the first to benefit from the high-quality programme and wished them an enjoyable learning experience. Dean Professor Abor echoed these sentiments and urged the students to study hard to receive excellent degrees.
The ceremony was rounded off with a reception, allowing students and academics from both business schools to meet one another and strengthen relationships for the future.