Education  Ghana Project #26507

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After waiting for so long, we are ecstatic to have our freshmen on campus! The moment has finally come!

On February 1st, 2021, we welcomed our first group of degree students on campus for a three-day orientation. Dr. Peter Carlos Okantey, founder and the president of Palm Institute, commenced the program with a welcome address.  He also shared with the students some of what they can expect at Palm Institute detailing Academic Services which includes the Palm Honor System and Examination Code, Career Services and a community service component of the degree program.  Mr. Ebenezer Pobi, who is a librarian, discussed the usefulness of the library and some of the policies students are expected to follow.  Dr. Okantey shared further about the BSC. Business Information Technology program and it’s relevance, the Sexual Harassment Policy and the process for online course registration.  The last day of orientation included Dr. Okantey discussing International Affairs and the potential for international student exchanges with OSU as well as international internships in the US and UK with various organizations.  Mrs. Benedicta Ashiagbor and Mrs. Beth Okantey shared about the importance and availability of counseling and support at Palm Institute. 

 

ACADEMIC SERVICES VIRTUAL TRAINING

On February 4th, the staff, faculty and leadership of Palm Institute attended a training presented by Mr. Emmanuel Ntow from Ashesi University on Academic Services.  The training was designed to equip staff and faculty with providing students exceptional academic advising to guarantee their success throughout the four years at Palm Institute.  He encouraged the staff and faculty to engage and build relationships with the students to get to know them and their individual needs, strengths and goals; be accessible and support and empower them through any concerns or challenges.  Mr. Ntow shared various advisory approaches as well depending on the individual student.  

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Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Palm Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

The MoU was signed on behalf of OSU by Dr. Stephan Wilson, Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, Dr. Randolph Kluver, Associate Provost and Dean School of Global Studies and Partnerships. Dr. Peter Carlos Okantey, President, Palm Institute and Mrs. Beth Okantey, Provost, Palm Institute signed on behalf of Palm Institute.

There were two (2) virtual meetings (first on 14th July, 2020 then 21st July 2020) held between Staff and faculty of Palm Institute and Oklahoma State University with regards to a partnership between the two institutions.

A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) of the Oklahoma State University and Palm Institute. Officials of the CEHS are taking steps to introduce Palm Institute to other Schools and Colleges of the Oklahoma State University to strengthen the partnership between the two institutions.

The MOU will cover areas such as faculty and student exchanges, research and outreach, instruction, pedagogical training for Palm faculty and staff, curriculum and program development, collaborative project implementation and other academic-related activities.

We are thankful to all our donors and supporter.

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In June 2015, Palm Institute commenced the journey of formally applying for Institutional Accreditation and Program Accreditation with the National Accreditation Board (NAB). The above credentials were necessary prerequisites to commencing operations as a recognized degree-awarding tertiary institution in Ghana. The program accreditation process required affiliation with a chartered university for mentoring; hence Palm Institute took steps to affiliate with the University of Cape Coast (UCC). A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Palm Institute and UCC to that effect in October 2019.

In May 2020, the National Accreditation Board granted Palm Institute the mandate to operate as an accredited degree-awarding tertiary institution in Ghana to award a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology.

The university-college sits on 57-acres of land with its initial campus building that houses well-furnished lecture halls, administrative offices, a cafeteria, a library and a multi-purpose hall.

The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has granted Institutional and Program Accreditation to Palm Institute to run a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology (BSc. BIT). The BSc. Business Information Technology program places emphasis on hands-on learning and problem-solving skills. The program would equip students with skills to create long-term solutions to Africa’s Information Technology challenges and deploy better-designed infrastructure for local and international needs.

Palm Institute is located in Manya Jorpanya, Shai Hills in the Shai Osudoku District in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

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Since we moved our campus from Accra to Manya Jorpanya in Shai Hills in the Greater Accra Region in September 2018, Palm Institute has relied on a diesel-powered generator as its main source for generating electricity. While classes were in session, over $1,000 a month was being spent to power the generator to facilitate teaching, learning and all administrative work.  

In January 2020, Palm Institute installed 22 solar panels, eight batteries and three inverters to generate enough electricity to power Palm Institute. The system will generate over 5,475 kWh of electricity a year giving Palm Institute a clean, efficient, reliable and sustainable source of electricity.

The solar installation brings significant financial relief and is contributing greatly towards efficient day-to-day operations. This marks the beginning of Palm Institute’s desire to create and model sustainable and renewable energy in Ghana and decrease the negative impact of diesel emissions on our environment. 

We are grateful to our donors for their continued support. Thank you!

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On the 11th of October, 2019 at about 11am at the University of Cape Coast Council Chambers, Palm Institute signed an Affiliation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Agreement with the University of Cape Coast. The MoU and Agreement formalizes and commences a mentoring relationship between Palm Institute and the University of Cape Coast. This is a great step towards the accreditation of our forst four (4) programmes. Palm Institute is at the very tail end of its accreditation process for its first four (4) year programme, a BSc. in Business Information Technology.

We grateful to all our donors for their continued support.  We wish all our donor a very Happy Holiday Season. 

Thank you! 

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Peter Okantey
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