For the second time in three years, the University of Professional Studies, Accra has emerged winners at the MTN Pulse- HR Focus Business Challenge held in Accra last Friday.
UPSA beat eight other universities to annex the coveted trophy.
The win at this year’s edition has entrenched the university’s dominance over the competition owing to its outstanding performances at the last two editions.
The UPSA team came top of their group which had Wisconsin International University College and Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), before going on to defeat University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at the Grande finale to clinch the ultimate.
The Head of Department of Business Administration at UPSA, Dr. Emmanuel Selase Asamoah, who spoke immediately after the contest revealed that, the team after winning the maiden edition in 2016, and losing out narrowly at the finals last year, decided to double their efforts this time around.
The result according to him is what has been evident for all to see. He, therefore, commended the contestants for showing such resilience when the going got tough.
“The team have a done good job and should be proud of themselves. They have managed to silence our noisy neighbours, and this goes a long way to prove that UPSA is the best among the best,” he said.
Presenting the glittering trophy to the Vice-Chancellor of the university amidst a tumultuous welcome on campus last Friday, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, Dr. Fidelis Quansah said, the feat chalked by the students was a clear attestation of the professional values imbibed into the students.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey in his response, congratulated the contestants saying “you have made UPSA proud, you have made your families proud, and above all, you have made yourselves proud.”
He added that he was personally overjoyed and proud because the accomplishment by the students shows the kind of impact the institution has made on them over their four-year of study and urged them not to relax on their laurels.
“I know this is just the beginning and this should spur you on for greater things to come. The way to the top can sometimes be muddy and it takes hard work, perseverance and God to get to the top,” he advised.
Prof Amartey also expressed his appreciations to the team coach, Babara Tetteh, the Dean of Students, Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, Association of Business Administration Students (ABAS) for their diverse support and contributions toward the achievement of this feat.
The gallant contestants who represented the school were Victor Sefadzie Kemeh, Bismark Kudoafor Amefianu, Kelvin Quartey, Peggy Amene Yaboah and Clara Asempapa.
The rest includes Emmanuel Entwi Frimpong, Thomas Nii Hammond and Kevin Kobby Wilson.
The MTN Pulse – HR Focus Business Challenge is a career development and open-knowledge competition organized yearly by MTN, L’aine Services Limited and Focus Digital for tertiary institutions to prove their academic and pragmatic skills in solving a given series of task.
The competition which began three years ago has seen UPSA picking both the 2016 and 2018 laurels and placing second in the 2017 edition.