As part of the Chamber’s mandate to promote educational and cultural ties between the United States and the Republic Ghana, the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana, on Monday, 13th January 2020 hosted students and faculty from the University of Buffalo (UB) School of Management, New York, as part of the University’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
The meeting provided a platform for engagement between the UB School of Management, members of the Chamber, and teachers from two Senior High Schools in Ghana (Accra Academy; and Presbyterian Senior High School, Osu) to exchange knowledge on educational opportunities, and entrepreneurship and the business environment in Ghana.
Ayesha Bedwai, President of AmCham Ghana, in her opening remarks, highlighted the changes in Ghana’s entrepreneurial landscape, and the growth in the agricultural, information communication technology and the creative arts industries.
Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, Faculty Director, Global Programs at the UB School of Management, gave a brief overview of the activities of the UB School of Management in Ghana, including medical outreaches in different parts of the country and trips to Senior High Schools and tourist sites. Students from the UB School of Management also gave a presentation on the school which covered alumni engagement, global experiences, core curriculum, collaborative degrees, action learning, global community, business trips, career preparation, mentorship, and funding for students.
Questions raised after the presentation were on enrollment in the UB Schools of Management, the number of international students in the school, funding for students, opportunities in UB for Senior High School students in Ghana, career development challenges of students in Ghana, and the quality of mentorship for students.
Ayesha Bedwai, in closing the meeting, commended the UB School of Management for the multi-dimensional nature of their activities and stressed the importance of student engagement and career advisory services.