3rd October 2019: The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has admitted the sixth cohort for the Executive Master of Arts in Conflict Peace and Security (EMCPS 6) and the second cohort for the Weekend session of the same programme.
Commandant of KAIPTC, Maj General Francis Ofori as well as the Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor Kwasi Osei-Hwedie and Deputy Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Dr Emma Birikorang graced the ceremony.
Addressing the gathering of students with various professional backgrounds, Maj Gen Ofori said, “we are the first and only training Centre in Africa to deliver postgraduate programmes that focus on the issue areas of conflict, peace and security. We are driven by the vision to become the leading and preferred international Centre for education and cutting-edge research in gender, conflict, peace and security on the African continent and beyond.”
“You will be equipped with specialised knowledge and skills to help you play significant roles in areas of peace and security. This programme will further enable you hone your skills and competences in professional leadership in peace support operations, civil society organisations, peace councils and non-governmental organisations,” the Commandant assured the matriculants.
Prof. Kwaku Osei-Hwedie in a brief statement to the students during an earlier orientation encouraged them to take advantage of the quality and rich experience of lecturers in the Centre throughout their course duration. The Dean of Academic Affairs said, “You now have an opportunity to build and expand your capacity in the chosen area of study at a Centre globally recognized.” He also took time to advice and caution the students on engaging in exams malpractices, plagiarism and attempts to manipulate lecturers among other illegalities abhorred in the academic space.
An elected representative of the students, Joseph Kwabena Koomson on behalf of his colleagues expressed their readiness to take the course with high expectations. The elated students say the course will among other benefits help them understand why and how conflicts occur as well as measures put in place to prevent conflicts. Mr Koomson said, “we also expect to use the knowledge acquired in this prestigious institution in our future endeavours, especially in areas of peace and security.”
Thirty-five (35) students have enrolled for the Executive Master of Arts in Conflict Peace and Security (EMCPS 6) course while the remaining sixty-five are on the Weekend Master of Arts in Conflict Peace and Security (WMPCS 2) course.
The Master of Arts in Conflict Peace and Security (MCPS), launched in 2011 is a one-year course that involves subjects like Governance and Leadership, Leadership in Africa, Good Governance and Democratic Practice in Africa, as well as Research Method and Writing Skills. The KAIPTC has since trained over two hundred (200) students from Africa and other parts of the world.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 303030. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook and twitter as: @Kaiptcgh. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognised institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organisation and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.