GIJ holds second congregation of School of Graduate Studies

Professor Kwasi Yankah (left)presenting a plague to Mr Dery.

Professor Kwasi Yankah (left)presenting a plague to Mr Dery.

The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) last Saturday held its second Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies and Research despite the absence of a substantive governing council, which is yet to be constituted by government.

The ceremony, expected to have been held in February this year was held up due to the expiration of the tenure of the governing council, which has the mandate to confirm the degrees to be conferred.

Professor Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), speaking at the congregation as the stand-in Chairman of the yet to be reconstituted council, said the government was currently in the process of putting together the team, saying that “the GIJ would soon have its own fully-fledged governing council in place.”

In all, a total of about 112 students graduated with Master of Arts degrees in Journalism, Public Relations, Media Management and Development Communication.

 

Professor Salifu commended the Institute for supporting the growth of the communication industry as well as working to expand its frontiers, and urged the academic staff to engage more in research as it was the bedrock of academic excellence for innovating solutions to address developmental challenges.

He called on the Institute to develop more innovative programmes that are relevant to the needs of the industry. He also pledged the NCTE’s support in the deepening and entrenching of the culture of excellence and research at the GIJ.

Speaking on the theme, “The Role of Communication in Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry,” Professor Kwasi Yankah, Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education noted that the absence of synergy between academia and industry was partly responsible for growing unemployment situations in the country, adding that communications experts must lead the way in creating that required linkage to aid national development.

“The main problem is that university graduates are poorly connected to the major concerns of industry. It can be described as when academia speaks, industry cocks its ears, and when industry speaks, academia cocks its ears. The challenge is to how to get these sectors to talk to each other, understand each other, enter each other’s world and act with one accord,” he stated.

As trained communicators, Prof. Yankah urged the graduands to use their skills and knowledge to promote the country’s rich cultural history and heritage to the outside world so as to attract investors.

Dr Wiberforce Dzisah, Rector of GIJ said the postgraduate programmes are geared towards building the linkages between education and small-scale enterprises, empowering graduates to be entrepreneurially-oriented and to reduce the period between discovery and application.

In addition to the currently run programmes, the School he said would soon roll out some new programmes and entreated the graduands to use their knowledge and skills to support nation building.

 

 

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