A good beginning must have a good ending, to the dedicated, resilient, and committed learner. Such was the tale when the University of Lagos Business School (ULBS) held a glamorous reception for its latest thirty seven (37) graduates.
The reception provided a platform for the celebration of Ososanya, Kehinde Olufemi, a Medical Doctor, who emerged as the best-graduating participant of the Executive Masters Programme (EMP) with a CGPA of 4.96. He was among the six (6) participants who finished with distinction.
Similarly, awards of recognition were presented to deserving participants who distinguished themselves in terms of character and leadership prowess. Among whom is Mrs. Elizabeth Makinde, who earned an award for her outstanding role as the Deputy Class Governor.
The event which held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, was well attended by dignitaries and members of the university Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, FAS.
In her remarks, the Vice-Chancellor recalled that the ULBS was set up as an autonomous school to advance the culture of excellence in business research and training. She posited that the school with its array of seasoned facilitators and professionals has continued to witness the training and development of global managers and leaders.
While congratulating the successful graduating participants on their latest feat, Prof, Ogunsola underscored the need for them to key into the UNILAG vision by giving back to their Alma mater and by being good ambassadors. She also implored them to utilize the knowledge gained at the School to impart their immediate community, and the society, at large.
The astute Professor commended the ULBS leadership for putting in the works as well as consolidating on the gains recorded under the leadership of the erstwhile Executive Director, Prof. Abraham Osinubi. In her words, “we cannot afford to slow down; as such we shall continue to be a world-class place recognized globally for excellence and knowledge, capable of realizing business potentials”.
In his address, the Executive Director of the school, Professor Mike Adebamowo described the occasion as special in the nascent history of the Business school. He commended the graduating class of 2022 for their sheer diligence and hard work describing them as the ‘audacious set’ that worked with the ULBS despite the disruptions caused by industrial actions and the Covid pandemic with its financial and socioeconomic impact.
Prof. Adebamowo highlighted some of the milestones achieved by the school since its establishment in 2019. This includes the admission of the ULBS into the membership of BGA (Business Graduates Association, London) in August 2020. Thus, becoming the first Business School in Nigeria to be admitted into the BGA membership. Similarly, the ULBS became the 4th Business School in Nigeria to be recognized by the Association of African Business Schools, Sandton, South Africa (AABS), following its admission into the Association on 12th May 2021.
In his words “The school is poised to attract international recognitions and full accreditations of the foreign accreditation bodies of Business Schools such as Association of MBAs (AMBAs (UK), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB, USA), etc”.
The highlight of the event was the Alumni oath-taking by the graduating participants led by the President of the UNILAG Alumni Association, Engr. Ife Oyedele, FNSE.
The newly elected ALUMNI President emphasized the Vice-Chancellor’s earlier charge to make valuable contributions to the noble cause of the University of Lagos.
Earlier, in her address, the Coordinator of the Executive Masters Programme (EMP), Dr. Folake Olowokudejo congratulated the graduating participants. She described the class as special, particularly for its rich cultural diversity which cut across Nigerians and non-Nigerians. According to her, this has promoted trans-disciplinary, cross-national, and cross-cultural understanding which are all indispensable in the globalizing world.
Other speakers at the event included the Chairman of the ULBS Advisory Board, Chief Osunkeye; as well as the immediate past Executive Director, Prof. Osinubi amongst others.
The University of Lagos Business School (ULBS) started operation in 2019, with the enrolment of its first set of participants in September 2019. This set graduated in record time in 2021 and had their convocation ceremony in January 2022.