The present Advanced Business College (ABC) was formally launched in September 2005 as a Ghana educational institution to admit students to courses leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. However, ABC was given birth to by an earlier Information Technology (IT) educational institution from which it derives its spiritual strength and inspirational impetus. Both the mother institution, Soft warehouse International Limited, and the present ABC were founded by the same person, Mr Ebenezer K. Ampiah, an entrepreneur and a leading Computer Analyst. The objective of the Soft warehouse International Limited was two-fold; namely, software development and manpower training. Mr Ampiah’s long-term vision was to produce highly qualified middle-level manpower for business and industry in Ghana and the African region as a whole.
After running this institution for a while, he realised that although it was adequate for present needs, his objectives were too narrow to help him achieve the more comprehensive educational goals that would benefit his country and its neighbours. His intuition told him that his new, somewhat limited, creation could open up whole new vistas if he moved one step further to widen the scope of the objectives of Soft warehouse International Limited by evolving a connecting superstructure for human resource development. The hallmark of this would be relevance.
Relevant human-resource development, in his conception, meant the creation of potentially unlimited but accessible opportunities for training in human development for sectors of the economy. Such a programme required that ICT and other disciplines should be brought together to create a unified educational programme whose output of trained professionals and business students would be relevant to economic development. After a period of careful planning and feasibility studies whose results assured him of the viability of his proposed course, he took the vital step of registering the Advanced Business College as a tertiary educational institution under the Companies Code 1963, Act 179 as a body corporate limited by shares with perpetual succession and a common seal.
At this point in the evolution of the institution educational consultants and other planners were requested to prepare the necessary documents for the launch of teaching programmes. After a number of checks and trials, ABC was registered by the Ghana Education Service to run the Advanced Business Certificate Examination (ABCE) in 2006 with registration number GES/GAR/PT/BS/01B/2006.