The maiden edition of the SBL Alumni Mini-Series was held on the 13th of November 2015 at the Multipurpose Hall of the Regent McCarthy Hill Campus. Organised by the University’s Alumni Relations Office, in collaboration with the Regent School of Business and Leadership; the series brought alumni of the University back to campus to share their field experiences and lessons learnt in the world of work among other things.
The theme for the Mini Series was: “The Regent Ghana Brand and its impact on the Job Market”
Alumni speakers included Mary Sackey (Class of 2012), Operations Manager of Nalo Solutions, Sylvester Tetteh (Class of 2010) an entrepreneur and New Patriotic Party Parliamentary Candidate for the Ningo Prampram Constituency, Innocentia Dogbe (Class of 2010), Branch Manager, Standard Chartered Bank, Samuel Eduam (Class of 2011), Compliance Manager, Airtel Ghana, James Baffour Quarshie (Class of 2011), Internal Audit and Control for United Bank of Africa .
In his opening remarks, the Dean of the Regent School of Business and Leadership, Dr. Ebenezer Ashley emphasized the importance of learning best practices and applying them at the workplace. He expressed optimism that the series would help prepare participants to thrive at the workplace.
Innocentia Dogbe, who was the first to speak, advised students to balance their social and academic lives while in University. According to her, taking advantage of opportunities to sharpen ones social skills while in school could contribute positively to one’s professional life. “The networks I built at Regent have been extremely useful in my career”, she said. She further added that some of the lecturers she interacted with while at Regent, continue to serve as mentors and advisors to her.
“The networks I built at Regent have been extremely useful in my career” –Innocentia Dogbe, Branch Manager, Standard Chartered Bank.
Mary Abena Sackey, advised students to remain teachable and eager to add to their knowledge. The Valedictorian and Overall Best Student for the Class of 2012, advised students to read beyond lecture notes and reference material. She also touched on the importance of gaining work experience, before launching into the entrepreneurial world.
James Baffour Quarshie, Internal Audit and Control officer for United Bank of Africa also shared nuggets of wisdom drawn from his years of study at Regent. He urged students to remain focused and remember their primary purpose for being in University. He urged students to treat everyone they meet with politeness.
“Respect one another and give respect to everyone you come in contact with. You’ll never know where you’ll meet again.”
Sylvester Tetteh, the parliamentary candidate for the Ningo Prampram constitutency, recounted how he enrolled at Regent University after being introduced to the University by a friend. After reading an article authored by the President of Regent on the University’s website, and finding out more about the institution, he made his decision and didn’t look back after.
While at Regent, Sylvester was actively involved in student leadership.
“I was a member of the Regent Ghana Students’ Parliament. It taught me a lot of things”, he said.
“I was a member of the Regent Ghana Students’ Parliament. It taught me a lot of things” -Sylevester Tetteh, New Patriotic Party Candidate for Ningo Prampram constituency.
He shared about how in 2009, while still a student at Regent, he contested for the position of Constituency Secretary for his political party and won over 80 percent of the votes.
“I deployed a lot of tactics that we learnt at the Regent Parliament- how to organise and how to use ICT”
He entreated students to make good use of the rich environment created at Regent. He stressed on the importance of networking while in University, and making good use of the human resources available at the institution.
Delivering his closing remarks, Dr. Stanley Moffatt, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, commended the alumni speakers for their excellent delivery. He praised the institution, for its distinctiveness and leadership position in the Ghanaian Higher Education space.
Dr. Moffatt expressed confidence in the ability of Regent graduates to compete successfully with peers from around the world. He also assured participants that the Alumni Mini Series would be a regular feature on the University’s academic calendar.
The SBL Mini-Series was highly interactive, and provided an intimate dialogue between alumni and students of the University.
“It was motivational and educational” said Henrietta Sackey, a second year Management with Computing student at Regent, who participated in the series. Henrietta is a younger sister to Mary Sackey who served as an alumni speaker. She is one of four siblings who have all attended Regent University.
“It was refreshing being reminded about the need to put up a good attitude and learning from others”, she added.
“The Mini-Series was educational, fun and interactive”, said Isiaka Salim Farhad an Economics with Computing student currently in his final year of study at Regent. “I really enjoyed listening to the speakers share their experiences”