AUCC Embarks On Expansion Drive

kojoThe African University College of Communication (AUCC), has embarked on an expansion drive aimed providing quality knowledge in communication and business education to more people across the country and the continent.

As part of the drive, the college is to launch its distance learning programme to provide online access to its courses. In addition, the college is to open a campus in Tamale next year to serve the northern sector of the country.

Also in 2015, the College is expected to introduce its Masters degree courses in Journalism, Health Communication and Strategic Communication.

Mr. Kojo Yankah, Founder and President of AUCC, who announced these at the college’s 11th graduation in Accra on Saturday, said they were in the process of securing approval from the National Accreditation Board to start the distance learning programme that would be run under the college’s Centre for ICT, Information Studies and Distance Learning.

He said the centre, which is likely to be opened in the first quarter of 2015, would offer diploma, bachelors and masters degree courses in ICT and communication studies.

In addition, he said the Tamale campus would initially offer diploma courses in Journalism, Communications and Business, after which bachelors and masters degree courses would be introduced.

“We are always happy to state that we are growing steadily at our own pace, with a clear vision to provide unique and quality education to meet Africa’s market demands in journalism, communication, ICT and Business,” he said.

In March 2015, he said the university would launch the Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies at AUCC, named after Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, 93.

Emeritus Prof. Kwabena Nketia is a  Ghanaian ethnomusicolo-gist and composer. Considered Africa’s premier musicologist, he has been called a “living legend” and easily the most published and best known authority on African music and aesthetics in the world.

“With the launch of the centre, AUCC will become an important centre for research, training and international academic discourse on African studies,” Mr. Yankah said.

A total of 508 students who offered courses in Communication Studies and Business Administration graduated at the ceremony, which had the theme, “Preparing professionals to serve in a knowledge-based society.”

Dr Joseph H. Silver, a former President of Alabama State University, and the guest speaker, ccongratulated the graduands for the achievement, and urged them to fully equip themselves to be part of the fast evolving knowledge based society.

“I urge you to bring professional ethics and integrity into your personal and professional lives. Your personal self should be tied to your professional self. Therefore, integrity should be the foundation and the anchor of your personal life and your professional life,” he advised them.

Dr. Silver, who is also Managing Partner of Silver and Associates, urged them to be innovative and use the knowledge they have gained to improve situations in society.

He called for an improved education system, access to information and innovation to support the growth of a knowledge-based society in Ghana, indicating that knowledge based societies create the platform for active participation of citizens in governance and national development.

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