The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), a leading technology-focus private university, graduated its sixth batch of 13 PhD candidates during the University’s 14th Graduation Congregation held in Accra over the weekend.
This brings the total number of PhD graduates at AIT since 2016 to close to 50 in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration, Education and Information Technology.
A statement released by the university said “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 at the congregation, which also saw the graduation of Bachelor, and Master candidates, Professor Clement Dzidonu,, the President of the University, observed that “this major achievement of a university which is less than 10 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 programme.”
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 post-graduate 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 PhD holders, saw the graduation of a number of Bachelor and Master Degree students in Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Education among others.
The university’s 2019 Matriculation, organised jointly with the graduation ceremony, also saw the matriculation of over 955 students offering various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes 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 indications 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.
AIT, ranked the top private university in Ghana by 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, to offer both campus-based and Open University undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
AIT is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for the campus-based undergraduate programmes in engineering, computer science/IT and business administration and to the Open University of Malaysia for the Open University undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Master and the PhD levels.
The University for the 4th Year running won the 2019 Best Technology University in Ghana Award, instituted and awarded by the Ghana Tertiary Awards. This came at the heels of the Best in Technology-Focused University 2018-Ghana Award by Global Business Insight of the United Kingdom.