GIJ appoints new Rector
The Governing Council of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) announces the appointment of Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo as the new Rector of the Institute. Until his appointment, he was professor of Public Relations/Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. A communication scholar with extensive research interests in media and communication studies, he established Monash University’s Public Relations program in the early 2000’s before moving to Swinburne in 2007, where he became Associate Dean, International, in 2011. He has published widely in the areas of PR, media, and communication and authored or co-authored several books.
Professor Kwansah-Aidoo considers himself an African “world citizen”, having studied and worked in different countries and continents. He was a Visiting Scholar at Texas Christian University, an external examiner for a number of universities abroad, and Visiting Professor here at GIMPA.
Professor Ansu-Kyeremeh, Chairman of the GIJ Governing Council, on behalf of Council, welcomed the new Rector and charged him to “Put the Institute on a new pedestal for academic excellence and growth”. He said the Council went through an elaborate recruitment process to arrive at the selection of Professor Kwansah-Aidoo and have high expectations of him. The Chairman of Council thanked the interim management team that has been in charge of the Institute since February.
At a welcome meeting with management of the Institute, and later with the entire staff, Professor Kwansah-Aidoo pledged total commitment to his work and to the founding ideals of the Institute. He expressed his eagerness to work with all staff to advance the enormous potential of GIJ.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism was established in 1959 as a citadel of training and learning for journalists. In 2006, the Institute was granted a charter to award its own degrees and diplomas. The Institute continues to play a pivotal role in the nation’s human resource in critical areas such as communication, media, and journalism.