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The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) has held its 10th congregation to graduate some 366 students in the various fields of technology programs.
The AIT is a teaching and research university with solid plans to become an entrepreneurial university soon.
The school currently offers accredited campus-based programs in affiliation with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the fields of Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering and Business Administration. It also runs Open University programs in collaboration with the Open University, Malaysia (OUM) at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
Of the total graduating number two graduated with Doctor of Philosophy (PhDs), four as PhD Candidates, 35 with Master’s Degrees and 325 with Bachelor’s Degrees.
President of the school, Professor Clement Dzidonu, in his address expressed excitement at the collaborative efforts they have had with the various affiliated universities as well as the hard working faculty members which has pushed the school to its current status of being ranked 9th out of the over 100 public and private tertiary institutions in Ghana.
“Today we are making yet another history in the annals of private university education in this country. Mr Chairman, it is my great honor and privilege to announce that we are today graduating for the fourth time, PhDs who studied at this university. This major achievement of a university which is barely eight years old makes AIT the first private university in Ghana to successfully offer graduate students on an international benchmarked PhD program. This is no small achievement if put within the context of the fact that the PhD per capita of Ghana is extremely low. Mr Chairman, given the fact that over 250 PhD students are now enrolled at AIT, we can claim that we have one of the leading postgraduate research institutions on the continent. I want to take this opportunity to assure you that we are 100%confident that we will again be graduating more PhDs before the close of the year,” he stated.
Prof. Dzidonu said AIT is mindful of the need to provide high standard tertiary education and training not only for producing qualified and highly skilled people to drive Ghana’s development in the information age, but also to produce job creators, with the requisite entrepreneurial skills and expertise to set up and run their own corporations in various fields.
“…as research university, our focus of cutting-edge research work through our postgraduate programs and research initiatives are geared towards supporting the nation’s science, technology and innovation (STI) drive towards developing a modern knowledge-based and wealth generating economy in the information and technological age,” he added.
He announced that the AIT will in July collaborate with a number of international and local partners, including the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana Institution of Engineers, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for the 2018 edition of the International Research Initiatives Conference (IRIC).
Vice-Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, Prof. Edward Ayensu, who chaired the occasion pointed out indications to the fact that “we as a university are meeting a number of our envisaged milestones as a young and growing dynamic institution which is showing all the encouraging signs of becoming a world-class university”.
Special Guest of honor at the function was the President and Vice Chancellor of Open University, Malaysia, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mansor Fadzil.
Mr. Listowel Lord Apenteng, a BEng. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Student was adjudged the Overall Best Graduating Student with a total aggregate of 4.06.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh