The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), has graduated 16 PhD students during its 18th graduation ceremony held last week at its Knowledge City Campus at Kokomlemle in Accra.
Thirty-five (35) students also graduated to become PhD candidates after completing the first three chapters of their thesis in the first year.
The PhD candidates will be completing their PhDs in two years .
This is coupled with a number of students who are going through their Post Viva corrections and twenty (20) students are also preparing to submit their thesis for examination.
Two years from now, it is estimated that AIT will graduate not less than forty (40) additional PhD students.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, the AIT President, Professor Clement Dzidonu, said the University aims to produce job creators with the requisite entrepreneurial skills.
“I am delighted to inform you that, at AIT, we are mindful of the need to provide high-standard tertiary education and training not only aimed at producing qualified and highly skilled people to drive the nation’s development in the information age but also to produce job creators, with the requisite entrepreneurial skills and expertise to set up and run their corporations in various fields,” Prof. Dzidonu assured.
He expressed satisfaction with the success chalked by the University, and thus, expressed confidence that they will be graduating more PhDs next year .
“Mr. Chairman, I will need to pause here to comment on the historic nature of the 18th Congregation of this young and dynamic University. Today we are making yet another history in this country’s annals of private university education. Mr. Chairman, it is my great honour and privilege to announce that we are today graduating for the 10th time, PhDs who studied at this university”.
He added, “this major achievement of a university barely ten years old makes AIT the first private university in Ghana to successfully offer and graduate students on 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. Mr. Chairman, we can claim that we have become one of the leading postgraduate research institutions on the continent. I want to take this opportunity to assure you that we are confident that we will again be graduating more PhDs next year.”
On his part, the Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, Professor Edward Ayensu promised that they will not relent in their efforts in ensuring that the next batch of PhDs are graduated.
“So far, we are proud to report that our efforts in all directions are proceeding according to plan. We can assure this Congregation, and all stakeholders, that we shall not relent in our efforts to ensure the full fulfilment of that vision,” Professor Ayensu assured.
AIT offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in Business Administration, Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science, Education and Health and Safety.
Through its partnership with Open University of Malaysia, the Accra Institute of Technology, has produced Eighty-One (81) PhDs since 2016.
The AIT Board of Trustees captained by Professor Clement Dzidonu, is chaired Prof Edward Ayensu, formerly of World Bank Inspection Panel, Vice Chairman, Prof. Ivan Addae Mensah, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana.