Fifteen Doctoral Students Graduate at NiBS with a Masters in Applied Business Research
Fifteen students graduate at NIBS with a Masters in Applied Business Research
Last Saturday, 18th February, 2017, the Nobel International Business School (NiBS) held a colorful graduation ceremony for 15 students who graduated with a Masters in Applied Business Research (MABR) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Management. The event which was held at Tomreik Hotel in East Legon, Accra had an attendance of close to 50 participants. The 15 graduands who are currently enrolled for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) attended this event – a precursor to the award of ultimate DBA degree in December, 2017.
Apart from the 15 graduands who are part of the Cohort 1 DBA students at NIBS, the 4-hour graduation event was also attended by DBA Cohort 2, 3 and 4 students with their respective family members and friends. The program started in the well decorated Yaa Asantewa Conference Auditorium of the hotel around 10:30 a.m. The proceedings commenced with the procession of Faculty members which saw the convocation standing up to welcome them. Speaking at the ceremony, Director of the DBA program at NIBS, Dr. Livingstone Caesar reminded students of the enormity of the responsibilities they owe society with regards to their training and the knowledge acquired at NiBS. He also admonished students to be the change agents needed in our society and positively contribute to the advancement of the world with the skills they have acquired.
In his message to the graduands, Prof. Kwaku Atuahene-Gima, President and Executive Dean at NiBS explained that fallibility of management is a common issue among business executives as many of them make mistakes in decision making due to the lack of evidence. Consequently, he explained that the DBA program was designed to enable managers become innovative in their approach to addressing business problems and to inculcate the culture of Evidence Based Management (EBM) in top executives. Professor Atuahene-Gima expressed admiration for the students as their graduation is an indication that the model being used at NIBS for the doctoral training is working. He further entreated the graduands to work hard towards completion of their research work to graduate with the DBA degree in December, 2017 and become members of the Academy of Executive Doctors in Africa (AEDA) – a policy think tank that will become a powerful voice in public discourse using research results and evidence-based data.
Sharing her rich doctoral study experience with the graduands, the Guest Speaker Dr. Georgina Ahorbo also challenged them to understand that the doctoral journey is one that is roller coaster in nature but quite rewarding at the end. She encouraged students to be ready to make sacrifices and little changes for the completion of their thesis to eventually join the league of Doctors.
The ceremony proceeded with the reading of the profiles of the graduands and the award of certificates. Dr. Hod Anyigba awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Management whilst Prof. Atuahene-Gima awarded the Masters in Applied Business Research degrees. The program ended with closing remarks from the Director of Business Development and Students Services, Mr. Richard Arthur who admonished students on key qualities needed to groom them into responsible leaders in the business world. The celebrations continued over the lunch which was organized for the graduating students and their families at the Tomreik Hotel’s restaurant. This gave students the opportunity to interact with the faculty members and other invited guests.