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New player with bold strategies for tertiary education in Ghana

The story of Golden Sunbeam began about 27 years ago with less than 20 students.

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Education’s role as one of the keys to success is still undisputed. It is acknowledged as one of the most important tools that allows for progress among societies.

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As such, it is held in high esteem by both governments and private organisations around the world; and Ghana is no different.

One of the institutions spearheading  the course of effective and innovative education in Ghana is Golden Sunbeam.

The story of Golden Sunbeam began about 27 years ago with less than 20 students. As one of the country’s leading educational institutions, Golden Sunbeam, has been at the forefront of delivering quality basic and secondary education in the country for many years. It runs on the principles of “Scholarship, Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.”

In line with this mandate, it has taken a bold step to venture into higher studies. In November 2015, the National Accreditation Board gave the green light for the operation of the Golden Sunbeam International College of Science and Technology. The college is affiliated to the University of Development Studies (UDS).

According to Emmanuel Opare Jr, president of the college, it hopes  to “empower, transform and make self-reliant” the students they serve.

Located in the town of Ayikuma between the Shai and Akwuapem hills, the campus presents a serene environment for teaching and learning; away from the distractions and pollution of the urban centres.

The college runs degree, diploma and short courses in agribusiness, nursing, procurement, customer relationship management and project management. It also plans to roll out a program in midwifery soon.

“We want to build the capacity of young Ghanaians and human capital of this country. That is because access to skills and information is key to solving Ghana’s problem. And so we are designing programs to address them.”

According to Opare, the way the school will achieve this is by using the tried and tested model of more practice than theory which it utilises in the basic and secondary levels.

“Our success over the years, have been because of the manner in which knowledge is transferred. What builds confidence is in the doing and the practice. There is a heavy dose of application in our coursework. The results become the student’s testimonial.”

As such, the school has numerous facilities for practical work. It boasts of a 30 acre school farm, a rabbitry, an aquaponics system, laboratories, an ICT resource centre and an agri-processing centre.

According to the president, prospective students should expect “lecture rooms that are fully engaged and present a holistic learning experience so as to acquire new skills and knowledge.”

"Students should also anticipate the active promotion of the spirit of enterprise which is woven into the fabric of courses so that graduates of the college become employers rather than employees.

"Prospective employers of graduates should also expect “committed people who are equipped to solve problems and not to simply identify them. Our graduates will add value to your business,” Opare opined.

The Golden Sunbeam International College of Science and Technology has joined the tertiary education space in the country and with all indications, will be a force to reckon with in the country’s quest towards development.

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