Unilever foundation honours 16 students

Sixteen female graduating students selected from the 10 polytechnics and the six public universities have been honoured by the Unilever Ghana Foundation, for their academic excellence.

The award winners were selected by their institutions for coming up tops in their various disciplines in the 2011/2012 academic year, and each of them received a Samsung customised notebook computer and assorted products from Unilever.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Chairman of Unilever foundation, Mr Andrew Evans Quayson, indicated that the initiative of the foundation underscored the crucial role of women in the socio-economic growth and development of every country.

He said the foundation had placed emphasis on the sciences technical and engineering education in line with its objective to continuously find innovative ways of offering value added interventions to further the country’s development.

“We do this having in mind that the country needs more professionals in these fields in order to advance and progress,” Mr Quayson said.

He further stressed that countries such as China and Malaysia had based their economic development on engineering and that had helped in their tremendous advancement.

“Thus, we at Unilever Foundation believe a strategic focus on the best female human resources will go a long way to facilitate a more progressive development in the years to come,” the chairman stressed.

He pledged the foundation’s commitment to provide a conducive environment that would enable the young women to favourably compete with their male counterparts in their academic endeavours.


his is in line with the company’s strategy to empower women at all levels of the socio-economic strata to accelerate national development.

The 16 recipients including seven polytechnics and four university graduates were the best in their respective institutions for the 2011/12 academic year.

The female graduates, considered best among their peers, each received a customized Samsung notebook and assorted Unilever products.

They were also taken on a tour of the factory to acquaint themselves with the operations of their benefactor.

Chairman of the Foundation, Andrew Evans Quayson said that the awards were to “support the empowerment of women who are the engine of societal well-being and growth.”

He noted that the foundation’s interest is in the sciences with emphasis on technical education and engineering because the country needs more professionals in these fields to develop.

The foundation chairman added that women’s empowerment agenda is aligned to Unilever’s social responsibility policy – The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

“The Unilever Ghana Foundation is committed to continuously finding innovative ways of offering value adding interventions to bring our objectives to life”.

Mr. Quayson urged the award winners to excel in their field of endeavours to justify the confidence re-posed in them.


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