UEW Business School Organises Maiden Seminar for Graduate Students

The School of Business, University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has held a maiden seminar for its graduate students at the Amu Theatre, Central Campus, Winneba. 

The seminar was under the theme “Career Development and Mentorship for Graduate Students”. Participants were equipped with strategic learning and researching approaches, academic integrity, and the effective use of library resources to support learning and research.   

The Chairman of the seminar, Prof. Christopher Okpoti, commended faculty members and students for their dedicated services in preserving the good image and dignity of the School of Business and the University in general. He implored faculty members and graduate students to participate and collaborate to make meaningful contributions to achieving the aim of the seminar. 

Some graduate students in attendance at  Amu Theatre, Central Campus

The Dean, School of Business, Prof. Braimah Awaisu Imurana, in his welcome address urged participants to sharpen their wits; enhance academic and professional prowess through the rubrics of research and the use of library resources. 

He asserted that the face of every university and its marketability beyond its jurisdiction is contingent on the quality of postgraduate programmes, students with cutting-edge research skills, and its ability to propel national development, positing that the seminar was aimed at interacting with graduate students to enhance career development, mentorship, and its associated successes. 

Prof. Christopher Okpoti (top left),  Prof. Braimah Awaisu Imurana, Prof. Samuel Kwesi Asiedu-Addo and  Ms. Pearl Joan Korkuvi

Prof. Imurana identified ego as the main barrier and greatest foe in career growth while speaking on the subject of "student career development and mentorship." He argued that ego might keep someone from learning, honing their skills and fundamental knowledge, and adopting the position of infallibility. He pleaded with the participants to speak up but control their egos, be modest and cautious, respect their supervisors and colleagues, and cherish mentorship to advance in life.

The Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Prof. Samuel Kwesi Asiedu-Addo, spoke on learning, researching, and academic integrity. He stated that effective learning typically involves tackling each task at a time and does not necessarily require the student to internalise all of the course material at once.  

Faculty members in a group picture after the seminar

Assistant Librarian, Ms. Pearl Joan Korkuvi, who was the guest speaker, briefed participants on how to use the library resources to support learning and research. She introduced them to WINNOPAC, an online print bibliographic database, and ProQuest Ebook Central, a multidisciplinary ebook database with hundreds of thousands of online full textbooks in all subject areas.

Ms. Pearl Korkuvi also took participants through how to access online journal article databases off campus, open access databases, search ethics, search tips, filters and limits, and Google search tips. She encouraged participants to make the library their friends and use its resources to assist them with all their information needs either in-person or remotely.