Accra, October 5, 2017: A joint matriculation ceremony for the fourth cohort of the Executive Masters Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security (EMCPS 4) and the third cohort of the Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD) in International Conflict Management has been held at the Gerhard Schröder Hall AT the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping International Centre (KAIPTC). Thirty-three students enrolled for the year-long Masters programme, whiles four enrolled for the four-year PhD programmme. The students are from diverse sectors/institutions such as the Security and Intelligence Agencies, International and Regional Organizations, Civil/Public Service, Legislature, the Media, private sector and Civil Society/Non-Governmental Organizations.
Prof Osei-Hwedie, the Dean of Academic Affairs, in his opening remarks, noted that the students gained admission meritoriously. He urged the students to attend classes, complete assignments and other necessary requirements in order to end the programmes successfully. He encouraged them to work hard and actively participate in key Centre-held activities to which they will be invited. He advised the students to ensure that the knowledge they will be acquiring will reflect in their interactions and discussions.
The Commandant of KAIPTC, AVM Evans, in his matriculation address, assured the students of the delivery of relevant courses and modules to fully equip them to be problem solvers. He noted that, as students of the Centre, they have become automatic brand ambassadors for the Centre, and are therefore expected to exhibit the excellence the Centre is noted for in all facets of their lives.
“On the successful completion of your course, you will become part of a pool of experts and practitioners on the prevention, resolution and proactive management of conflicts and security in Africa. I therefore urge you to hit the books hard immediately and also avail yourself for opportunities that will come your way, so that you will gain the requisite knowledge that will indeed earn you the reputation as a consummate expert, and not a deficient one without solid grounding, he added.
Mr. Daniel Batidam and Madam Rebecca Akatue, Course Representatives of the EMCPS 4 and the PhD groups respectively, shared their expectations for their course of studies on behalf of their mates. They expressed gratitude to the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) for their admissions and entreated faculty and non-faculty members to support them to make their academic lives engaging, fruitful and investment-worthy.