The Ghana Institute of Journalism has signed an agreement with Hollard Ghana with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance to commence the Hollard X Academia initiative with the Institute to empower students for the future.

GIJ is the second public university to be enlisted onto the Hollard X Academia initiative after the University of Energy and Natural Resources. The comprehensive programme provides a platform to enable a better future for students through Hollard’s Streetwise Finance initiative, mentoring, engagement, corporate experience, and resource sharing programmes for three years subject to renewal.

Commenting at the brief signing ceremony at the GIJ’s Dzorwulu campus, Group Chief Executive Officer of Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu, described the partnership as the group’s contribution to nation-building and economic development.

“It brings me joy to see this partnership with the Ghana Institute of Journalism come to fruition. As we embark on our partnership journey, we are certain this initiative will bridge the gap between academia and the world of work. Being an unconventional insurer working with a socially-minded purpose, our partnerships form an integral part of our business – in this regard, we’re fostering a triple win for the university, the students and Hollard”.

“With our business purpose to enable more people to create and secure better futures, we have carefully created five modules that will provide students with a competitive advantage for the job market. The first module seeks to honour a valedictorian with a cash amount, a citation, and a laptop. The second module will also award one third year and one final year student with tuition grants. The third module includes the Streetwise Finance leadership and entrepreneurship mentoring seminar. Modules four and five cover corporate experience and thought-leadership events. All these power-packed modules form part of our social impact efforts to give back to the communities within which we operate,” she added.

The Rector, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, commended the Insurance group for their thoughtfulness.

He said “We at GIJ are happy about this partnership with Hollard Ghana. Apart from resource sharing between our two institutions, our students will benefit substantially through mentoring programmes which will come in handy in the world of work. Management is grateful for this gesture, and we assure Hollard Ghana of our utmost commitment”.