The Ghana Institute of Journalism(GIJ) has held its 4th Congregation for its four unique Master’s programs on Friday March 15 2019, in Accra, with the theme “promoting development through graduate education in media and communication”.
GIJ has taken the lead by developing and offering unique master’s programs in Journalism and communication that are not available in any other institutions in the country.
The four master’s programs, which are accredited by National Accreditation Board and National Council for Tertiary Education, are MA in Journalism, MA in Public Relations, MA in Media management and MA in Development communication.
This year’s event which also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the School saw people from varied backgrounds, not just people in the communication field, and also appeal to university graduates and experience communication professionals at different stages of their career.
The Institut(GIJ) was established on the 16th October 1959 by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to train Patriotic Cadre Corps Journalist who would give voice to the voiceless in the struggle to rescue African nations from colonialism and imperialism and to restore hope and prosperity to the people.
Speaking at the Congregation Ceremony, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Professor Kwasi Ansu Kyeremeh, said there is the need to re-examine the GIJ brand for more relevance to nation building to meet the high expectations of the their status as public university.
According to him, the special class of 2019 which saw 208 students being awarded master’s degree has everything to celebrate, having successfully fulfilled all the requirements for the award for the graduate degree.
“I challenge you to continually scrutinise the assumptions that underline your life and the practice you find both in the field of work and in society.
On his part, the Rector of the Institute, Professor Kwamina Kwansah-Aidoo, stated that , with the rich legacy and vast experience in Journalism and Communication education of GIJ, there is every reason to aim high and aspire to enhance their programmes to match the best communication programmes around the world.
He added that the institute plans to build the Digital Media Hub in order to offer access to ultra modern technology such as digital audio-visual facilities to equip students as well as experienced professionals with outstanding skills.
Professor Kwamina Kwansah-Aidoo urged the graduands to resist the temptation of taking liberties with both the truth and their professional training.” So I implore you to apply the Tares to all your communication, ” he stressed.
He also admonished them to reflect soberly on the task ahead to communicate what is true , valuable and right.
“We want to attract strong talents and produce the best of communication graduates. As such, we will tighten our admission requirements to ensure that only those who want to be counted among the best enroll in our programmes”, he added.
The Rector concluded by assuring the general public of his utmost consideration of expanding their academic programmes to include a sandwich programme, MPhil programme and others because there is no limit to what GIJ can do and do it better.
In other to encourage the students, GIJ awarded the best Four (4) students in various program which include , Best Student in public Relationshs , won by Apolala Priscilla Anutuah, Theorose Elikplim, Best student in Journalism, Odame Eugene Akyea, in Media Management and Senyo Prosper Kofi, In Development communication, both take home a Laptop and a printer.