Ghana's leading private technology university, Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) has finalised plans to open its second ultra-modern Seaview Campus for next semester.
This follows the decision taken by the Board of Trustees of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) at it meeting at the Cantonments campus, Accra, on 16th December, 2013.
In attendance at the meeting were Board members including three former Vice Chancellors of Ghana's top public universities, namely Prof. Ivan Addae-Mensah, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Professor, Samuel Adjepong, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast and Professor, Jophus Anamoah-Mensah, former Vice Chancellor University of Education, Winneba.
The meeting presided over by the Chairman of the AIT Board, world renowned Physicist and Mathematician, Prof. Francis Allotey, was also attended by other distinguished members of the AIT Board including, the Vice Chairman Prof. Edward Ayensu, former Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel, Dr Grace Bediako, the past immediate Government Statistician, Mr. K.S Yamoah, Managing Director of Ghana Stock Exchange and Prof. Emmanuel Owusu-Bennoah, former Director General, of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
With the commencement of classes at its new second campus, AIT will be more positioned to cater for its fast growing number of international students majorly from West Africa, particularly Nigeria. About 1000 students matriculated for the new session with a high percentage foreign students including students from Nigeria. The Seaview campus at Weija - a suburb of Accra, about 5km kilometers from central Accra is designed to provide enhanced learning and research environment for AIT's growing number of students. It boasts of ultra-modern lecture facilities and hotel accommodation for its teeming students.
Since its establishment in 2009, AIT has built a formidable reputation for its campus-based and online learning resources to become one of the continent's leading lights in new learning resources. Accredited by the Ghana's National Accreditation Board (NAB) and affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, AIT has built strong partnerships with other world's leading universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Open University of Malaysia to offer its students vast access to learning resources
"The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) is an independent technology-focused research university modelled on internationally recognized institutes of technologies like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), we are continuously occupied with providing not only the best of environment for our ever- increasing number of students but also ensuring that up to date learning resources that would make them compete globally is put at their disposal," said the President of AIT, Professor Clement Dzidonu in his report to the Board.
In his report highlights, Professor Dzidonu noted that "this year's enrollment saw increase in the number of foreign students from the West African sub-region with Nigerian students constituting a high percentage of foreign students studying at AIT." He also noted that during a visit to the Nigeria High Commission by a delegation of the AIT Senate and the subsequent visit to the AIT campus by the Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Ambassador Ademola Oluwaseyi, the High Commissioner impressed with the standards and facilities of AIT, in a statement encouraged all Nigerians seeking university education for their wards in Ghana to make AIT their preferred choice.
"Given that AIT now enroll over 250 PhD students from Ghana and the sub-region including Nigeria, the university is now a leading research-based PhD institution, said Professor Dzidonu. In addition to its campus based programmes, AIT runs one of the best technology-driven and online delivered undergraduate and postgraduate open university programs in the sub-region facilitated through international linkage and accreditation with some foreign institutions and bodies that have helped stood it in good stead for global credibility.