On 27th June 2013, British Council Ghana IHE team working on the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) held a welcome reception and networking event for the 2011/2013 alumni of the scholarship scheme. In attendance were Tullow Oil Plc Ghana representatives and beneficiaries of the scheme. The event was held at the Moevenpick Ambassadors Hotel, Accra from 7pm to 9pm.
The purpose of the event was a reception for TGSS Alumni with great networking opportunity with fellow scholars and key stakeholders but also an opportunity for Tullow Oil and British Council to engage with scholars to capture their experiences. The feedback from the alumni will go into improving the scheme for future beneficiaries. One of the main aims of this event was to build and maintain the TGSS Alumni network as a foundation for incoming Alumni; which this year will number 99.
The event began with an opening speech from Diana Sey who is the Program Manager of the Tullow Group Scholarship scheme, followed by presentations from Tullow Oil Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs Ms Bernice Natue and Ms Nana Denkye Appiah-Nuameh, a TGSS Alumni. Both presentations were well received by guests, particularly with Ms Appiah-Nuameh documenting her experience of UK studies and life in general. These were followed on by an ice breaker activity in which the alumni were asked to share their scholarship experiences with the rest of the guests. The following are quotes from some alumni:
“It was great to hear that I am not the only one who could not handle the cold, I am pleased to be back in my country, melting the ice that has built up in my bones and ready to make Ghana a better place with the skills I have gained”-Richard Gyambiby
“Having been back, I have been given bigger responsibilities in my job which I will attribute to having attained a higher education and experience abroad. The scholarship has really helped set me apart from my colleagues” – Kwame Gyesaw
“I believe it would have taken me a few years to get to where I am now had I not been awarded the tullow scholarship. I feel very privileged to have been given such a great opportunity”- Lesline Nyankson
I believe the Tullow scholarship scheme goes a long way in filling some of the skills gap Ghana lacks in moving forward especially with the young oil industry and I hope Tullow will continue to offer scholarships to young Ghanaians for many years to come” – Peter Ackon.
Overall, the event was a success with those in attendance commending the event and its organisation. The current alumni have expressed great interest in continued engagements with British Council and Tullow Oil Plc on similar platforms. Suffice to say they are happy to assist in the scheme whenever they are called on. Not forgetting that food and drinks were free-flowing, the shrimp was particularly good and not surprised how magically it all disappeared. Click here to see some of the pictures from the event.