Pentecost University has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), UK, through the Ghana chapter to offer both degree and professional chartered certificates in Procurement and Supply Chain Management. According to CIPS-Ghana, this is the first of such collaboration in the West African sub-region.
The partnership was out-doored on PU campus on Wednesday 22nd July 2021. It was attended by management and staff of Pentecost University as well as CIPS Ghana. This means that students who study Procurement and Supply Chain Management at Pentecost University will be awarded the regular Bachelor of Science degree and full membership as Chartered Procurement and Supply Chain professionals. This arrangement shortens the convention where graduates in the field are required to write multiple exams at the Institute before becoming chartered members. It takes effect from from September this year as the University prepares to admit students for the next academic year.
Giving a brief background of the partnership, Dr. Joseph Lanton Mensah, who is the Manager for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program at Pentecost University said full-fledged negotiations started in June 2020. He said CIPS UK took the University through rigorous assessment metrics. Dr. Mensah cited the evaluation and reconciliation of course structures, quality of faculty members, student internships as some of the metrics. He added that PU’s partnership with Salford University, UK also gave the negotiation process and leapfrog.
Commenting further, Dr. Mensah expressed excitement about the success of the negotiation and said the University looks forward to the international exposure that comes with it. He also looks forward to joint promotions on the side of both the University and CIPS.
The Vice-Chancellor of Pentecost University, Rev. Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, who gave the welcome speech at the ceremony said the collaboration will give students of Pentecost University competitive urge. He said “Pentecost University acknowledges the keen competition among universities all over the world and therefore, working hard to give our students the competitive urge through collaboration with professional bodies such as CIPS.
The Country Director of CIPS Ghana Mrs. Stella Aku Addo in her speech reiterated the fact that this is the first time a University in Sub- Saharan Africa is given the accreditation for its students to receive chartered certificates of CIPS alongside its own degrees at the same time. She said her institute will do its part to protect and enhance this collaboration.