The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), a leading technology-focused private university held its 17th Graduation Ceremony on the 18th of December 2021 at the Knowledge City Campus (KCC), Kokomlemle, Accra.
This event was witnessed by the deployment of current technology in facilitating a blended graduation experience wherein a majority of the undergraduate students joined in virtually via the Google Meet platform.
This batch’s graduation class comprised of 5 PhDs, 17 PhD Candidates, 13 Masters, and 116 Bachelor’s.
The total number of PhDs graduated at AIT continues to grow exponentially. To date, AIT has graduated nine batches of PhDs since 2016 bringing the total number to Fifty-four (54) in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration, Education, and Information Technology.
In a statement released by the University, this achievement spotlights a tremendous success not only in the history of the University but also in the annals of private university education in Ghana.
Professor Edward Ayensu, the Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees in his address to the congregation, reported that efforts in all the directions towards the mission to deliver quality university education and facilitate cutting-edge research work at this University are proceeding according to plan.
He thus assured the Congregation, and all stakeholders, that AIT shall not relent in its efforts to ensure the full fulfillment of that vision.
The initial remarks by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees was followed by the Address of the President of AIT to the Board of Trustees and this Congregation. In a comprehensive account of his stewardship for the past year to the Board of Trustees and to the Congregation, Professor Clement Dzidonu, the President of AIT outlined among other things, great strides by the university in improving its academic program offerings as well as its enrollment on these programs considerably.
He highlighted that AIT is currently doing Ph.D. research work in Engineering, Information Technology, Education, and Business Administration with an enrollment of a number of the academic and senior administrative staff of almost all the public and private universities in Ghana.
He underscored how achieving such a feat within the span of ten years is nothing short of an academic marvel given the fact that AIT has successfully offered, run, and graduated students on an internationally benchmarked Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program within a context where the Ph.D. per capita of Ghana is extremely low.
He concluded his speech by encouraging the graduating class to avail themselves and make the best of all opportunities that may come their way after their graduation.
He assured those planning to pursue graduate studies at either the Master’s or the Ph.D. level of an enriched academic life and experience at AIT, should they choose to enroll with their Alma Mater.
About the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT)
AIT is ranked the top private university in Ghana by the Ghana Tertiary Awards, is an independent technology-focused university committed to academic excellence and cutting-edge scientific and industrial research and R&D work.
The University for the 4th Year running won the 2-18 Best Technology University in Ghana Award, instituted and awarded by the Ghana Tertiary Awards.
This came at the heels of the Best in Technology-Focused University 2018-Ghana Award by Global Business Insight of the United Kingdom.
AIT is accredited by the Ghana Higher Education Commission (GTEC), to offer both campus-based and Open University undergraduate and postgraduate programs. AIT is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for the campus-based undergraduate programs in engineering, computer science/IT, and business administration and the Open University, Malaysia (OUM) for the Open University undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the Masters and the Ph.D. level.
LASG Orders Reopening Of Chrisland Schools
The Lagos State Ministry of Education has directed that all Chrisland Schools shut as a result of sexual misconduct of some students while on a trip to Dubai should be reopened from Monday April 25th, 2022.
The reopening of the school follows a review of the ongoing administrative investigation into the sexual misconduct saga. The role of the school is being assessed viz-a-viz its operational guidelines during the unfortunate incidence.
While all agencies of the State Government continue facets of investigation, the Ministry seeks to ensure students of the school are not denied access to learning when the new term resumes fully on Monday 25th April.
The State Government earlier shut down order was initiated to ensure safety of the students and all category of staff of the schools and to ensure unhindered investigation.
“The Ministry of Education, other relevant agencies of the State in conjunction with the school Parent Teachers Association will be working on a scheduled psycho social support for the students.
“An extensive assessment of the school’s procedure especially on external trips and excursions is being looked into to identify safety gaps and avert occurrence of the incidence.
“However, the Ministry has set up plans to launch the reviewed guidelines/protocols governing private and public schools across the State within the next one month.”
BREAKING: Lagos Shut down Chrisland Schools Over Sexual Abuse
The Lagos State government has announced the immediate shut down of all branches of Chrisland Schools in various parts of the state indefinitely over an alleged sexual abuse of one of its pupils.
This followed the circulation of a controversial video on social media platforms where the pupils of the school were engaged in an immoral act during a trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This was made known in a statement issued by the state government on Monday amid controversy over the issue, in which it said the matter was being investigated.
The government in its statement said that in the meantime all Chrisland Schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.
The statement from the Lagos State Government reads, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland Schools which occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.
“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and pscyho social support is provided.
“This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection, especially in ensuring that all child-centered institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AA08 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography.
“In the meantime, all Chrisland Schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.”
Strike Continues After FG Meeting With ASUU Stalls
There will be no resumption in public universities until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed, implemented and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution deployed, the Academic Staff Union of Universities said.
The ASUU zonal coordinator, Dr Salawu Lawal, made this known during a press conference at the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada.
“You would recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a four-week rolling strike at the University of Lagos National Executive Council meeting held on Feb. 14.
“Owing to the failure of the Federal Government to act within that period, the national action was rolled over for another eight weeks following the resolution taken at an emergency NEC meeting at the Festus Iyayi National Secretariat on March 14.
“The action as you are probably aware is to among other things, compel the Federal Government to sign and implement the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement submitted to it by the Prof. Munzali Committee since May 2021.
“As usual, the Federal Government has ignored ASUU’s call for full implementation of that famous agreement and other memoranda signed with the union.
“No meeting has been held between the two parties since the commencement of the ongoing strike. The only exception is our union’s re-submission of UTAS for a retest.
“The summary is that unless and until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed and implemented and UTAS deployed, there will be no work in public universities,” Lawal said.