GTUC Hosts Technology Seminar
Monday 4th November, 2019 saw GTUC play host to a Technology Seminar organized by the Faculty of Computing and Information systems and spearheaded by Dr. William Brown-Acquaye, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. The seminar which was delivered by a professor from Japan’s Hitotsubashi University, Prof Emiratus Seiichiro Yonekura, proved to be a very impactful and insightful master class in the art of developing a sustainable economy and driving it through innovative business and management techniques.
In attendance at the Seminar were members of management, including the President, Prof. Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa, the Vice-President, Prof. Isaac Abeku Blankson and the Registrar, Dr. Mrs. Juliana Owusu-Ansah. In his welcome address to those in attendance, the President reiterated the University’s commitment to integrating and technology in its daily and strategic functions, and also affirmed his intention to continue to leverage on the building of partnerships with institutions across the globe. He stated that he believed that this visit from Prof. Yonekura and his team would signal the beginning of yet another flourishing international partnership that would go a long way towards expanding the University’s agenda for excellence in Transnational Education.
Prof. Yonekura spoke at length on the current state of the world economy, giving valuable insights into how his home nation in particular have managed to harness technology and create a system of governance that has allowed them to build one of the world’s strongest economies. He referred to the Hiroshima tragedy of 1945, which saw the entire city being flattened to the ground by United States nuclear bombings, and revealed how today, the city stands tall as one of Japan’s epicenters of technology and rapid economic development.
Prof. Yonekura explained that this was achieved through dedicated and focused governance which is underpinned by a staunch level of accountability and citizenry ownership. During his presentation, the Professor also alluded to the fact that Japan has barely any natural resources and even in the absence of this, has managed to become a modern global power. He stated his belief that Ghana, with its abundance of natural resources, had the potential to reach such heights and possibly even exceed them.
He concluded by echoing the President’s vision of future collaborations between GTUC and the Hitotsubashi University, as well as in the long-term, a strengthening of the relationship between Ghana and Japan. Overall, the event was a huge success and the Professor and his team were enthused by the turn-out and interest shown in their visit. We hope that this will represent the beginning of a long-standing association with our colleagues in Japan.