In his opening address Mr Eric Nii Ashitey, the Ambassador of the Ghana Chapter of the Watt Club welcomed members, and said the time one spends in pursuit of higher education is transformative in the sense that the exposure to new ideas, people and perspectives changes the way one sees him or herself and the world.
“I hope you will remain proud members of the Watt Club and take full advantage of the great number of events that we expect to undertake going forward”, he said. He explained that the programmes offered by the club aim to provide opportunities to connect with fellow Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Business School students and alumni, share memories and maintain connections to the university.
He expressed gratitude to Dr Noah Kofi Karley, the Director of Karley Executive Development Institute, and the Promotional Representative of Edinburgh Business School and Heriot-Watt University in Ghana for his relentless support throughout and by continuously providing their office premises for alumni meetings and events. He also offered special thanks to the chairman Professor Atuahene Gima, and to the Guest speaker Dr. Isaac Ani for his support.
The planning Committee Members of the Watt Club and students were also praised for their support to make the day successful.
In his address Dr. Noah Karley, the Director of Institute (KED Institute), congratulated the club and praised Edinburgh Business School's flexibility of its programmes. He also explained that the KED Institute has now obtained an accreditation from the Ghana National Accreditation Board to operate and run courses, and he hopes that at the right time with arrangement with Edinburgh Business School it will be possible for students to attend seminars at the Institute in preparation for their exams.
Guest speaker and special guest of honour Dr Isaac Ani, an Edinburgh Business School graduate with both an Msc and a DBA from the School, congratulated the members and gave a background of Heriot-Watt University as an institution with high esteem. He spoke about the importance of flexible education.
In attendance was Ms Donna Gall, the International Recruitment Officer of Heriot-Watt University. Ms. Gall congratulated the club and praised the Alumni and students for hard work and maintained that she will ensure that the umbrella body of Watt Club in Edinburgh is informed of the developments in Ghana.
Some members of the club gave testimonies on the benefits they have derived from the Edinburgh Business School programmes, including direct and immediate transferability of knowledge gained from their respective programmes. Others reiterated the flexibility of the programmes whiles remaining rigorous.
In his closing remark the chairman of the occasion Professor Atuahene Gima congratulated the group and encouraged them to do all they can to sustain the club.
The event ended with dinner and merry making among members.