University of Ghana Partners with Stanbic Investment Management Services

The University of Ghana, in view of its One Student, One Laptop Project, instituted by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, has partnered with the Stanbic Investment Management Services (SIMS) to execute the project.

The Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the University of Ghana, received thirty-five computers from SIMS as a kick start to implementing the project which aims at providing affordable computers for students and staff and free laptops for needy students to help them fully adapt to the changes in education delivery, while having access to the required resources to facilitate effective teaching, learning and research.  

The Vice-Chancellor, in receiving the laptops, thanked SIMS for partnering with the University of Ghana and honoring their pledge to support the University to execute the policy. Prof. Amfo expressed the challenges some students faced during the online learning which was necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic and noted her desire to see all students in the University enhance their digital skills for the digital market. “We want the students we train to be digital literates. It doesn’t matter what discipline they are in, whether it is history, political science, chemistry or dentistry. Graduates of today have to be digitally literate in order for them to maximise their potentials in the world of work”, she stated. Prof. Amfo noted that the University aims at carrying everyone along the digital path.  She was grateful to SIMS for contributing to making the University’s dream a reality. She was hopeful that the partnership with SIMS has paved way for partnership with established companies to realise the dream of the one student, one laptop policy.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, receiving the laptops

Prof. Peter Quartey, Chair, One Student, One Laptop (1S1L) Committee, in brief remarks expressed gratitude to SIMS for supporting a worthy cause. Throwing light on the initiative, he added that the idea behind the policy is to provide affordable laptops to students and faculty by getting them discounted laptops at discounted prices, where taxes on the laptops could be waived for a cheaper price and free laptops donated to needy students. Prof. Quartey noted that the University is in discussions with companies to establish plants for the University to also assemble computers on campus. “Our aim is to target six thousand students within the next three years to provide them with affordable laptops”, he added.

Mr. Kwabena Boamah, Managing Director, SIMS, noted SIMS’ excitement about the partnership that has been created with the University. Mr. Boamah emphasised the importance of enhancing students experience in the University of Ghana. He noted that the project is aligned with what SIMS believes in, with respect to the United Nations fourth Sustainable Goal which is quality education. “This initiative will go a long way to ensure that students that are gifted with the capacity to learn but are challenged in terms of resources are not left out in this road map to enhancing their students”, he added. Mr. Boamah was confident that students who benefit from this project will transform, not only their lives but their community and the entire nation.

Madam Cassandra Dapaah, University of Ghana Stanbic Branch Manager, thanked the leadership of the University and the Managing Director of SIMS for buying into the idea of the project. She noted that Stanbic Bank is committed to the cause and will continue to support and partner the University. She was confident in building stronger partnerships with the University and urged the University to be expectant in that regard.

Earlier, Prof. Gordon Awandare, Pro. Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, expressed hope in the beginning of other partnerships. 

Present at the meeting were Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah, Registrar; Prof. Eric Osei- Assibey, Dean of International Programmes; Prof. Kwasi Dartey-Baah, Acting Director, Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA); Ms. Adjoa Owusu Abrokwa, Assistant Registrar, OIA; Mrs. Elizier T. Ameyaw-Buronyah, Director, Public Affairs Directorate; Ms. Victoria Anim, Assistant Registrar, Office of Pro-VC (ASA); Mr. Bredu Desmond, Head Of Client Services at Stanbic, SIMS; Mrs. Tina Sackeyfio, HR Business Partner, SIMS; Mariam Maku Amissah, Head of Sales, SIMS; Madam Portia Oduro- Morrisson, Marketing and Communications Officer, SIMS and Madam Ama Amissah Wujangi, Brand & Marketing Manager, SIMS.