The National – Monday, June 20, 2011
THE Institute of Business Studies (IBS) will set up a new campus in Enga.
This follows its acceptance of an invitation from the provincial government.
This means students from Enga who travel to pursue degree and diploma programmes in accounting and information technology will be able to undertake those studies in the province from next year.
Institute board chairman Mick Nades, director Sadiq Ali and manageress Vani Davis, who travelled to Wabag last week on a fact finding trip, expressed satisfaction at expanding their programmes to the province.
Nades, who is well known in the business community for his involvement in setting up the Institute of Chartered Accountants, said he was particularly happy with the enthusiasm Enga Governor Peter Ipatas had for promoting education.
That, he said, compelled his board to accept a proposal the Enga government had submitted to have the institute in the province.
“We are committed to establishing in Enga starting next year because we have confidence and trust in the provincial government under the leadership of Governor Peter Ipatas, who talks, walks and works education everyday of his life,” he said.
Nades said the programme was accredited to the Southern Cross University in Australia and the graduates would be eligible for employment abroad.
Ipatas said he was happy IBS directors had accepted the proposal ahead of other provinces that had better learning facilities and attractions.
He said as long as he was governor of his province, he would continue to give priority to education as he believed a well-educated population could take the province and the country forward.
A formal partnership agreement between the Enga government and the institute will be signed next month to make way for the school to officially establish and enrol about 100 students next year.
Enga provincial education service director Robert Ganim said the institute campus would be located at the Enga Teachers College.
The newly established Enga Teachers College is located at Irelya village, situated east of Wabag town.
He said the facilities, including IT laboratories, would be ready for use by the end of the year.