Catholic University wins National Sife Trophy
from Michael Boateng
The Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) branch of the Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE), winners of the National SIFE Championship trophy, has presented the prize to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor James Ephraim Hawkins.
The CUCG branch of SIFE also received the SIFE Spirit Award, the best Faculty Advisor Award, and an amount of GH¢500, as well as the Best Ecobank Fellow Award.
Presenting the trophy to the Vice-Chancellor at a short ceremony at Fiapre on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Mrs. Vida Korang, Faculty Advisor for SIFE, attributed the Enterprise’s success to commitment, team work, determination and dedication, which had seen the university win this prestigious award for the first time.
She said the SIFE programme was meant to prepare students for the real world, by challenging them to address real problems confronting society today, by developing community outreach projects and participating in a series of competitive events, which builds them up to develop team work, leadership and communication skills to set them apart from the average university student.
She enumerated the benefits likely to accrue to the university following the winning of the award, as recognition in the international media, opportunity to interact with administrators of universities from other 39 countries across the world, opportunity to network and sell CUCG to businesses, charity organisations and donors, opportunity to develop exchange programmes, and scholarships and business partnership for students and lecturers to the SIFE World Cup.
Nana Ofori Akoto, President of SIFE CUCG, said the participating students formed teams on their campuses and applied business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.
He said an annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and the winner advances to the prestigious SIFE World Cup.
Nana Akoto said the CUCG SIFE team presented three projects for this year’s competition, namely, Beyond Deliverance, See Fiapre, and Bread for Better Life, and managed to beat 15 other tertiary institutions participating in the competition.
Receiving the trophy, Prof. James Ephraim Hawkins, on behalf of the bishops, students, staff and governing council of the university, congratulated the team for raising high the image of the university.
He pledged the university’s support in material and financial terms towards the team’s activities, adding that, “their effort is an attestation that something good is happening at the private universities.”
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