The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has been granted accreditation by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to run a one-year Master of Arts programs in Development Communication (MADC) and Public Relations (MAPR).
The new graduate programmes, which will start in October this year, are under the Department of Liberal Arts and Communications in the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SOLASS).
The thrust of the new programmes is part of GIMPA’s agenda to deepen and enhance its contribution to national development.
The programmes have cutting-edge design and execution strategies and are tailored to promote entrepreneurial skills, innovations, and scholarship.
As part of GIMPA’s vision and mission, the programmes would add new perspectives to development efforts with the view to assisting in the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the eradication of poverty, hunger, promotion of quality education, gender equality and decent work, among other goals and targets.
A release issued and signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs and Institutional Advancement, Mr. Rami Baitie, said the Public Relations programme was also designed to enable students/participants to apply and utilize appropriate analytical tools and technologies to manage and provide the required leadership and communication resources in a dynamic public relations industry.
The release said the programmes would leverage concepts and models in an integrated manner to improve skill-sets for consultations, crisis management, decision-making, and evaluation at all levels.
“Its focus is to bridge the intellectual and industrial gap, promote scholarship and professionalism in a more nuanced integrated communication arena. It seeks to prepare students/participants for public relations and other related managerial and administrative careers,” it said.
In the Development Communication programme, the release said, participants would be trained to develop skills for fund-raising, microfinance management, healthcare and environmental support, and how to apply communication strategies in governmental and non-governmental organizations.
It involves the application of communication for development approaches and strategies to sustainable national and international development efforts.
“This develops synergies using information communication technologies to support knowledge transfer, eradication of poverty, and secured livelihoods. The main thrust is to apply behavior change communication, advocacy, entrepreneurial strategies and innovations to development issues in a knowledge-based society” it said.
“What makes these new programmes unique are the in-built mechanisms of social media analytics, innovations, research, and hands-on applications. The programme’s design makes adequate provision for the deployment of information communication technology tools and a strong cast of lecturers drawn from both academia and industry,” the release noted.
The strong faculty is made up of professionals and experts drawn from the fields of communication, development, management, research, health, public relations, marketing, project management, and finance, among others.
The programmes are national and international in scope and content as they develop synergies to support knowledge transfer, multi-tasking, documentary production, development communication strategies, community development, and experiential learning to hone skills in leadership, management, and administration.