Following the award of a Presidential Charter in 2009, the phenomenal growth of the Ghana Institute of Journalism’s student population on a year-on-year basis has been resounding, Rector of GIJ Dr. Wilberforce S. Dzisah has observed.
For the 2016/17 academic year, 1260 students were granted admission into the institute compared to the 2017/18 number of 1750 undergraduate students representing a 39% increase.
At the graduate level, for the 2016/17 academic year, 200 students were granted admission compared to this year’s 50% increase of 300 selected applicants.
Due to the high patronage of the Institute’s Graduate programmes, the Rector revealed two of its flagship programmes – Public Relations and Development Communication – is being run in a weekend school alongside the regular four programmes – M.A. Journalism, M.A. Media Management, M.A. Public Relations, and M.A. Development Communication.
Tightening selection process
As an indication of his outfit’s commitment to ensuring the “highest standards” of programmes, Dr. Dzisah lauded the tightening of the Institute’s selection process at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“As a specialized institution, we shall continue to adopt rigorous and best practices in our recruitment and training of students” he stated.
The Rector brought these among other salient subjects to light at the 17th Matriculation Ceremony held on the forecourt of the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
BY: Kumi Obed Afari