Accra, October: The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), through its post-graduate academic programmes, has been contributing to increasing the pool of practitioners with the requisite knowledge, skills and theoretical grounding to effectively manage and resolve the complexities in the field of peace and security.
Given the inadequacy of consummate peace and security practitioners in Africa and the urgent need to educate and groom same to meet the challenges on the continent and beyond, KAIPTC has introduced an additional Weekend/Non-Executive Master of Arts in Conflict Peace and Security (WMCPS 1) programme to help fill this gap.
The first cohort of 33 individuals were jointly matriculated with the fifth batch of the Executive Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security (EMCPS) on 4th October 2018.
In his matriculation address, the Commandant of KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshall Griffiths Evans, pointed out that, in introducing the regular weekend session, KAIPTC was marking a significant milestone in the expansion of its post-graduate programmes. This, he added, was in line with its mission to provide globally recognized capacity through education to foster peace and stability in Africa.
He mentioned that KAIPTC’s unique characteristic of creating and managing the nexus between its research and training courses to enrich the academic curricula set the Centre apart in Africa.
He further assured the students that given the highly competent and internationally recognized internal and external faculty KAIPTC has, they will be fully equipped to respond and effectively manage the intricacies of current security challenges and to play meaningful roles in conflict prevention, resolution and management, peace brokering and security management.
He urged them to imbibe and be guided by KAIPTC’s core values of respect for self and others, and respect for diversity, equality and fairness. He besought them to be professional, to collaborate, to be excellent, honest, and to have a high level of integrity and be accountable, wherever they found themselves.
Professor Kwaku Osei-Hwedie, Dean of Academic Affairs at KAIPTC, entreated the students to make the best of the opportunity given them at the Centre.
Brigadier General Constance Edjeani – Afenu was appointed by both groups of students to share their collective expectations for the course. She mentioned that as daunting as it seemed, they were delighted at the opportunity to become students of KAIPTC. They expressed their gratitude for the admission, and promised to work hard and abide by the rules and regulations of their respective programmes and of the Centre.
In all, 66 individuals from Ghana, Canada, Cameroon, Benin and South Sudan were successfully matriculated and have been admitted to pursue the EMCPS and the WMCPS programmes for one year.
Dr. Kwesi Aning, the Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) at KAIPTC, Mrs. Horname Noagbesenu, Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department at KAIPTC and other teaching and non-teaching staff of the Faculty were present at the ceremony.
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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 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-recognized institution and has till date trained and tutored over 15,000 participants and students since its inception.