Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo has stated that the inability of the university to admit more students for the 2018/2019 academic year is as a result of the school’s limited infrastructure.
Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, who made this known, said some 1,040 applicants, who were equally competent to be admitted, were turned down.
Prof Kwansah-Aidoo said this on Friday at the 18th Matriculation ceremony of GIJ to officially admit 2,103 fresh students into its Master’s Degree and Diploma programmes.
He said to solve the challenge the Institute was working towards moving the bulk of its operations to the new site at North Dzorwulu in Accra to upturn the intake of students.
The Rector noted that plans were also underway to capitalize on new facilities and technologies to expand the Institute’s capacity and enhance the quality of academic experience for their growing student population.
In all 3,143 applications were received out of which 1,835 are undergraduates and 268 are postgraduate students including foreign nationals.
Professor Kwansah-Aidoo said to drive the vision of the Institute, the authorities adhered strictly to the qualification requirements during the admission process, saying: “I can attest that all of you matriculants have met the stringent requirements”.
He entreated the students to study diligently, be prepared to undertake all tasks and be encouraged to overcome the hurdles that might come their way throughout their study at the Institute.
The Rector advised the students to remain focused and stick to their objectives for enrolling in their respective programmes to be able to complete successfully.
He said the Institute was committed to ensuring that they became fully baked graduates, armed with useful communication skills and capabilities to effectively participate in their fields of endeavor.
Mrs. Patience Sowah, the Registrar of GIJ, led the students to take the Matriculation Oath.