GIJ Board Member Professor Margaret Ivy Amoakohene (left) presents the Global Best Student Award to Mr. Seshie Edem. Image: EDNA SALVO-KOTEY
New bill to merge the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Ghana Language Institute (GIL) and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) into one university has received Presidential Assent .
The government began processes of merging the institutions into a fully-fledged University of Communication Studies in 2019, leading to the formulation of the University of Media Arts and Communication (UMAC) Bill to give support legal to the merger.
He explained that this decision would help to create synergies and improve communication studies in the country.
GIJ Rector Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo announced it yesterday at the Fourth Session of the 14th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the institute’s new campus in North Dzorwulu, Accra .
Prof Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ is excited about the development as it will provide opportunities to build synergies and safeguard the history and identity of each institution.
“As the first-born of the institutions of this merger, and also the only institution in this triumvirate with a presidential charter to award degrees, we would like to assure the president that we are ready to provide the leadership necessary to achieve our goals, “he added.
A total of 197 students graduated from the university. They consisted of seven MA students in journalism and 86 MA students in public relations.
Thirteen others hold Master of Arts in Media Management and 91 Master of Arts in Development Communication.
Among the graduates were Graphic Communications Group Limited (GGCL) Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Douglas Anane-Frimpong, and a staff member of the GCGL Advertising Unit, Mr. Azure Imoro Abdulai.
Mr. Seshie Edem was named the best student in all disciplines.
Professor Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ has received financial approval to recruit more staff in all departments in order to increase its staff.
“As a relatively young and fast growing higher education institution, we are always putting in place the necessary structures and processes which require more staff and infrastructure,” he added.
Stanbic Bank Head of Marketing and Communications Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu, who was the guest speaker, advised graduates to continually improve their skills to meet changing industry demands.
He also encouraged them to find creative solutions to everyday problems to give practical meaning to the training they had received for national development.
“The speed of change in the workplace over the past four years has never been faster. Remember that the course of education never ends. Keep immersing yourself in new knowledge and don’t get caught up in the orthodoxy of the past, ”Afadzinu added.