By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Matriculation Ceremony for the Senior Command and Staff Course 42, for the Master of Science in Defence and International Politics (MDIP) of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), has been held.
The formal opening of the paid-for course for selected Senior Officers of Armed Forces and allied institutions, was held at the HAMIDU HALL of the now paperless-environment military college, on Thursday, 1st October, 2020, although the 82 participants, who are Senior Officers from ten African Armed Forces, arrived earlier at the College on Friday, 11th September, 2020.
Twenty-two of the 82 participants are allied students from Benin, Burkina Faso, La Cote D’ Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia and Togo, whiles the rest are from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Addressing Matriculants, the Commandant of GAFCSC – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Moses Beick-Baffour, outlined the intricacies of the 48-week Master of Science “MSc” and Past Staff Course “psc” study, which involves syndicate room discussions, central auditorium lectures, field work, regional tours and visits and would stretch to August 2021.
Admiral Beick-Baffour indicated that the aim of the Course is to develop participants’ professional knowledge and understanding, as well as broaden their academic outlook, in preparation for their assumption of increased responsibility, as senior management personnel, staff officers and commanders.
The Commandant affirmed that, in addition to the traditional subjects, special programmes, such as International Humanitarian Law Package, Maritime Sector Governance Course – formally the Exclusive Economic Zone Management Course, Defence Management Module, Conflict and Crisis Management Module and International Peace Support Operations, have been added to enrich the curriculum.
Others include a Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX) in conjunction with Armed Forces of sister African Countries and the Counter Terrorism and Counter Improvised Explosive Devices package.
The “psc” course package requires all students to write 3 Service Papers, including one christened ‘Commandant’s Research Paper’, which doubles as students’ dissertation towards the award of the MDIP degree.
In addition to military subjects and the academic programmes (the MDIP), students will be exposed to geo-politics, as well as the study of the vibrant Ghanaian and African environments, considering the entire role the senior manager is expected to play in their profession and society, within the global context.
GAFCSC is mentored by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Dignitaries present included the Deputy Rector of GIMPA – Professor Martin Morgan Tuli, Deputy Commandant – Brigadier General Adu and the Director of Academic Affairs – Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso