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President assents to University of Media Arts and Communication Bill

A new Bill which seeks to merge the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL) and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) into a single university has received Presidential Assent.

The government commenced processes to merge the institutions into a fully-fledged university of communication studies in 2019, leading to the formulation of the University of Media Arts and Communication (UMAC) Bill to give legal backing to the merger.

It explained that the move would help create synergies and improve communication studies in the country.

The Rector of the GIJ, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, announced this at the fourth session of the 14th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the institute’s new campus at North Dzorwulu, Accra, Friday.

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ was excited about the development because it would provide opportunities to build on synergies and also safeguard the history and identity of each institution.

“As the firstborn of the institutions in this merger, and also the only institution in this triumvirate with a Presidential Charter to award degrees, we would like to assure the President that we are ready to provide the necessary leadership for the realisation of our objectives,” he added.

Source: Graphic

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