GIJ holds 18th matriculation

The Ghana Institute of Journalism, on Friday September 28 held its 18th matriculation ceremony to officially welcome freshmen/women into the school for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Delivering his speech, Rector of the University, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo noted that the school couldn’t admit more applicants this year due to its infrastructural deficit.

According to him, of the 3,143 who applied to study at the university, the school could only admit 2,103.

He explained that some well-qualified applicants were refused admission because the school’s infrastructural status couldn’t accommodate them.

“Unfortunately, some very well qualified applicants could not be admitted because of limited infrastructure.” – he said

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo was however quick to add that the university was working to complete its North Dzorwulu project.

“However, the university is working towards relocating the bulk of our operations to our new site at North Dzorwulu and then we can increase the number of intake of students.” he noted

He further explained that plans were under way to “invest into new facilities and technologies to expand the institute’s capacity and enhance the quality of academic experience to accommodate the student population”.

Speaking further at the Matriculation ceremony, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo charged the newly admitted students to be committed to achieving academic excellence as well as live a life of integrity and accountability.

“…we want you to strive to hold on this values which include commitment to excellence and live a life of integrity and accountability and on our part we will strive hard to live theory and practice in your training and continue to improve both the teaching and learning environment and the experience of learning and teaching in GIJ”.

About GIJ

The school was established by the Kwame Nkrumah government to provide training in journalism towards the development of a patriotic cadre of journalists to play an active role in the emancipation of the African continent.

In 2006, the institute was elevated to a degree-awarding tertiary institution to award degrees to students who studied Communication Studies at the university.

GIJ has been operating for the past 59 years, and received a charter to become a fully fledged university in 2009.

It has few lecture halls but no hostel facility.

Its students are thus compelled to go for lectures from home or depend on services of private hostel facilities.

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