UG Vice-Chancellor Advocates Training Of Journalists, and Communicators On Emerging Technology

Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana (UG), has requested training for journalists and correspondence staff to keep them at pace with arising innovation in the new media.

This as per her would make brave experts, and design tailor-made answers for difficulties of unconventional climate.

Prof. Amfo settled made this request at the launch of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Communication Studies of UG, on the theme: “5O years of Excellence in Communication Scholarship and Training: Reimagining the Field in a Digital Era,” in Accra, yesterday

She said, “As Ghana’s youth, who are more open-minded and digitally savvy continue to shift attention to new media, and as the power of control of what we think and discuss moves to foreign-based platforms, sometimes with little attention to our unique circumstances, we need new tools for measuring the evolving impact of media in our lives”.

Prof.Amfo noticed that low media education, lack of proper guidelines, and individual wildness elevated day to day danger of false information.

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She said there was an immediate requirement for a grant that would enable arrangement and the direction of media viewers and listeners and clients in the new media scene without seriously endangering themselves or others.

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In a pre-recorded video, previous President John Dramani Mahama gave out the simplicity that technology has brought to people, establishments, and the globe, particularly during the flare-up of Covid.

In the space of training, he said innovation had helped increase educating and learning extended schooling past the classroom, and accredited organizations access “knowledge bank of other institutions in different parts of the world.”

Touching on the endeavors his administration made towards digitalizing schooling, His Excellency President Mahama said there was an initiation of a USD 37 million distance training ICT office in every one of the ten provincial distance education centers, which were fitted with a video conferencing office and smart talk theaters.

This, he said gave establishments like the University of Ghana the potential chance to send Wifi zones over a wide range and given high-velocity web to more than 120 networks from Ho to Bawku with a connection from Yendi to Tamale.

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The former President however said that with the appearance of fifth-generation innovation (5G), more should be possible to develop what has proactively been finished.

“I look forward to seeing a future where all our traditional universities have fully embraced smart digital technology and adapt immersive learning technology to simulate the required learning environment scenarios and context to facilitate teaching and learning,” he said.

Dr. Abena Animwaa Yeboah-Banin, the Head of Department, said her administration would before long present four new projects (two normal and two adaptable) in Strategic Communications and Multimedia Journalism.

“We are also working towards introducing short courses that tackle emergent needs in the industry including local language broadcasting,” she said

Dr. Yeboah-Banin said the office was confronted with a ‘small faculty size’, restricting the capacity to extend admission fundamentally without forfeiting quality.

“Our efforts at recruitment are hampered by uncompetitive remuneration and conditions of service. This is made worse by the fact that not many practitioners hold doctoral degrees, the entry-level criterion for recruitment, making the pool we can recruit from even narrower,” she said.

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