13 graduate from Accra Institute of Technology with PhDs
13 PhD candidates over the weekend graduated at the 14th Congregation of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) in various fields such as Engineering, Business Administration, Education and Information Technology. The graduates who make up the sixth PhD batch of the leading technology-focus private university bring to 50, the total number of PhD holders produced by the University since 2016. In a statement released by the University, this achievement marks not only an AIT history but also a history in the annals of private university education in this country. In his speech to the congregation, which also saw the graduation of Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree holders, Professor Clement Dzidonu, the President of the University observed that this major achievement of a university which is less than ten years old makes AIT the first private university in Ghana to successfully offer, run and graduate students on an internationally benchmarked Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program. According to him, this is no small achievement if put within the context of the fact that the PhD per capita of Ghana is just 2.72 per million population. He noted that given the fact that over 250 PhD students are now enrolled at AIT, the university has become one of the leading postgraduate research institutions on the continent. ‘AIT will be graduating more PhDs in Business Administration, Engineering, and Information Technology before the close of the year.’ he assured the congregation. The 14th Graduation ceremony in addition to the 13 PhDs saw the graduation of a number of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree holders in Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Education among others. The University’s 2019 Matriculation organized jointly with the graduation ceremony also matriculated over 955 students offering various undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University. Professor Edward Ayensu, the Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees in his address to the congregation, observed that so far all indicators point to the fact that the university is meeting a number of its milestones as a young and growing dynamic institution which is showing all the encouraging signs of becoming a world-class university. It may be recalled that AIT was ranked the top private university in Ghana in 2018 and 2019 and was also awarded the Best Technology University in Ghana award for the fourth year running by Ghana Tertiary Awards. Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) which was ranked the top private university in Ghana at the Ghana Tertiary Awards is an independent technology-focused university committed to academic excellence and cutting-edge scientific and industrial research and R&D work. AIT is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), to offer both campus-based and Open University undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for the campus-based undergraduate programs in engineering, computer science/IT and business administration and to the University of Malaysia for the Open University undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the Masters and the PhD level. The University has for the fourth year running won the 2019 Best Technology University in Ghana Award, instituted and awarded by the Ghana Tertiary Awards. This came on the heels of the Best in Technology-Focused University 2018-Ghana Award by Global Business Insight of the United Kingdom.