The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), has signed an academic and collaborative agreement with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in the United Kingdom, for the implementation of what it calls a 3+1 Academic Transfer Scheme.
The Scheme will enable some undergraduate students of the AIT who complete the first three years of their programs at the University, to proceed to SHU for their final year for the award of an equivalent SHU degree.
By the terms of the collaboration, students who avail themselves to the opportunity are free to come back to AIT to complete their AIT final year after obtaining their degrees at the SHU. This means a student can acquire two degrees within five years from two separate universities.
Also, as part of its achievements on the academic front, the College of Engineering Technology (CET) of the AIT, will from January 2019 begin full operations.
Based at Tesano in Accra, the CET will serve as a constituent college of AIT targeted offering modern technology infused with higher technical and vocational education programs for the much needed skills and expertise that meets the requirements of the labor market.
President of the Accra Institute of Technology, Professor Clement Dzidonu, announced this on Saturday December 8, 2019, when the AIT held its 13th Graduation Ceremony in Accra.
“We have secured accreditation from the relevant national academic regulatory agencies to offer programs in Automobile Engineering Technology, Electronic engineering technology, Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology, among others. All programs being offered at CET will have entrepreneurship component, in line with its goal of becoming an entrepreneurial university, that shifts emphasis from producing to seekers, to that of producing job creators” stated Professor Dzidonu.
He said the moves are part of the process towards the operationalization of the multiple degree concepts of the school which it is pioneering within the sub-region to offer students competitive advantage in the labour markert.
“I am pleased to announce that AIT in collaboration with a number of international and local partners including the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana Institution of Engineers, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) among others, will be hosting the 2019 edition of the International Research Initiatives conference (IRIC) in August” he stated.
In all, a total of 286 students graduated on Saturday. The number consists of Seven Doctor of Philosophy degrees[PhDs], three PhD Candidates, 22 Master’s Degrees, and 254 undergraduates.
“…we are today graduating for the 5th time, PhDs who studied at this University. This major achievement of a university which is barely eight years old makes AIT the first private university in Ghana to successfully offer and graduate students in an internationally benchmarked PhD program. This is no small achievement if put within the context of the fact that the PhD per capita of Ghana is extremely low,” Prof Dzidonu stated.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of AIT, Professor Edward A. Ayensu, assured the public that the University is on course to fulfilling its vision and objectives.