Mahama urges universities to embrace technology for teaching, learning
Ex-President John Dramani Mahama has encouraged colleges in the country to adjust to smart and computerized advancements in order to improve teaching and learning and contend well with peers across the world.
He said that the world, over the course of the past ten years, had gone into a computerized time, one which directed pretty much every part of human existence.
Universities must, in this manner, adjust these advances to establish the necessary learning climate to upgrade conveyance.
The former President Mahama expressed this in a recorded discourse at the launch of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Communication Studies (DCS), University of Ghana, in Accra, of which he is an Alumnus.
The commemoration, in addition to other things, celebrates victories chalked throughout time by the Department as well as rebuilds to convey quality correspondence training to meet current trends.
It was on the topic: “50 Years of Excellence in Communication Scholarship and Training: Reimagining the Field in a Digital Era.”
Mr. Mahama noticed that computerized correspondence had upgraded education conveyance with the internet at a far-reaching populace past the limits of an actual classroom while empowering inter and intra-institutional trade of library materials, working with simple educating, learning, and exploration.
“In this respect, I look forward to seeing a future where all our traditional universities can fully embrace smart, digital technology and adapt an immersive learning technology to stimulate the required learning environment scenario to facilitate teaching and learning,” he said.
“ In our time here in this school, video, voice and data stood independently of each other with a minimal interface.”
“From a previously analog world in which we existed and we were taught, we have over the last few decades entered a digital era, one that dictates almost every aspect of our way of life.”
He applauded the Management, staff, and students of the DCS, as well as the whole University, for their commitments to trimming the school into a top-notch organization.
Mr. Mahama asked the Department to expand on the increases made for the present and for people in the future to jump to higher levels and swore to help the ICT program of the University with PCs.
Lady Fatimatu Abubakar, the Deputy Minister of Information, hailed the Department of Communication Studies for its gigantic commitment to the information sector.
She guaranteed the Ministry’s support to improve its research work.
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, charged the Department to use its standing as a focal point of greatness in media and communication grant and training to spread its effect.
“As you continue to maintain your niche in post-graduate studies, it is time that due consideration is given to undergraduate programs such as a BA in Communication Studies as a critical component of the liberal arts education that the University of Ghana is well known for,” she said.
“This will be in line with current global trends and satisfy a yawning market need.”
Dr. Abena Animwaa Yeboah-Banin, the Head of the Department, said for an establishment that valued greatness, it was very much aware of the changing media and communication scene moored on the force of innovation and advancement.
The always-changing advanced innovations, she said, had changed communication practice as well as required fresher, more vigorous hypothesizing and testing devices to get a handle on the developments.
To guarantee the DCS’ continual significance while making communication studies open to additional individuals, as well as training experts well-fitted to current necessities, it was rebuilding its contributions by presenting four new projects, Dr. Yeboah-Banin said.
These projects (two ordinaries and two adaptable) are in Strategic Communications and Multimedia Journalism.
“We are also working towards introducing short courses that tackle emergent needs in industry, including, for instance, local language broadcasting,” she disclosed.
Dr. Yeboah-Banin begged for monetary help to empower the Department to build a bigger office complex fitted with sufficient training and learning offices to advance the reason for the school.
She recognized the Anniversary Planning Committee, led by Dr Kweku Mensah Bonsu, an Advertising and Marketing Consultant, for the yeoman’s work.
Exercises for the extended program incorporate the launch of the State of the Media Report, month to month address series on Communication, and a Homecoming occasion.
Laid out in 1972 as the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, and later changed to the School of Communication Studies, the DCS tried to further develop the practice and comprehension of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as additional information through research.