The Dean of Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Mrs Rhodalene Amartey, has been adjudged the “Dean of the Year” at the 7th edition of the National Students Awards held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the DVLA Conference Centre in Accra.

The event which brought together stakeholders in  Ghana’s educational space awarded deserving educators and students who have contributed to the growth of education in the country.


Delivering her thank you speech, Mrs. Amartey dedicated the award to the Rector of GIJ, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, the GIJ community and her students.

She expressed her gratitude to God and everybody who supported her in winning the award, especially her GIJ students, both old and current. The Dean also thanked her family for the tremendous support they threw her way. She said, “this award just signals that hard work pays”.

Mrs. Amartey, who has lectured at GIJ for over a decade, was appointed as the Dean of Students at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a constitutional crisis in student leadership. Her timely intervention saw the putting together of an interim committee and later, an election to put in place a substantive student leadership to fill the gap.

The National Students’ Awards is organized under the auspices of the Network of Scholars in Africa (NSA)-Ghana, is an annual celebration that recognizes excellence across corporate institutions, students from various universities, individuals within the educational landscape, entrepreneurship, and other respective fields who are changemakers working relentlessly towards societal good.