AWARDEES' SYMPOSIUM 2022/2023 ACADEMIC YEAR
On the 22nd August, 2022 the Students’ Financial Support Office in collaboration with the Design Thinking and Innovative Hub (D-HUB) organized an Awardees’ Symposium for its beneficiaries. The purpose of the symposium was to provide students with the requisite soft skills for life. The programme also made a call on them to be innovative and venture into entrepreneurship and create more employment opportunities after school. Topics treated were developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset, Spotting Opportunities in the University Ecosystem, Goal Setting and Milestones in Life, Time and Financial Management. These topics were facilitated by experts from the University.
Dr. Keren Naa Abeka Arthur, the Director of D-HUB encouraged students to have an open mind to spot opportunities in the University Ecosystem and also not give up on their dreams. Rather they should make use of the available opportunities. She strongly emphasized on the availability of numerous opportunities and urged the Awardees present to visit the D-HUB in order to help them nurture, plan, innovate, grow and develop those ideas, skills and passion thereby transforming them into reality.
Dr. Keren Naa Abeka Arthur
The Director shared that young graduates or students who take the brave step of managing their future and its affairs by arming themselves with some entrepreneurial abilities will make this century, better than the previous one. She assured them the availability of D-HUB resources to help them with the use of Design Thinking and the continuous seeking of information through research to help them shape their innovation ideas. She ended her speech by saying “there is nothing impossible and that individuals with the desirous goals of solving societal problems and global issues and with a mindset of entrepreneur should be positive at all cost and see failure as part of the process of attaining higher height.”
Miss Irene Naa Armah
Miss Irene Naa Armah, an Entrepreneurial Coach, encouraged start up entrepreneurs to face their fears since it serves as a challenge that when dealt with, will rather encourage them in their quest to succeed. Further to her speech on the theme: “Developing an Entrepreneurial mindset. She made mention of having a vision and focus and be ready to explore new innovations. She urged them to be bold and see themselves as future leaders ready to live their dreams.
Mrs. Baaba Nzimah-Mensah, counsellor –University Health Service advised the Awardees on how to balance their entrepreneurial pursuit with their academics. She urged them to first discover who they are, evaluate and try as much as possible to balance the two by being intentional about it. She also encourage them to set goals which should be (SMART) that is the goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Individuals must be persistent and avoid procrastination which in the later comes with its own stress, anxiety and disappointment
Dr. Alexander T.K. Nuer