Regional News of Monday, 25 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

KNUST distance learning students graduate

Authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) last Friday organised a second congregation ceremony for the Institute of Distance Learning’s E- Learning Center of the university with an assurance of expanding the requisite infrastructure that would meaningfully promote E-Learning in the country.

“The university intends to work towards expanding the infrastructure of the center by focusing on the learning space, and also enhancing the equipment base in the coming months” The Vice Chancellor of the KNUST, Professor William Otoo Ellis gave this assurance when he was addressing the graduates and a cross section of the public last Friday.

In all, 80 students from the Institute of Distance Learning (IDL) - E Learning graduated in programmes comprising BSc Finance and Investment Analysis; Diploma in Information Technology; MSc Finance and Control (Financial Management) and MBA in International Business.

The E-Learning Center at the KNUST runs six different progrmmes at the Diploma, Bachelor, Post graduate and Masters levels which include ; Bachelor in Finance and Investment Analysis, Diploma in Information Technology, Post graduate Diploma in Information Technology, MBA in International Business, MSc. Information Technology and Master of Finance and Control.

The institute established in September 2010 held its first graduation ceremony comprising only five students in Postgraduate Diploma in information technology on December 16, 2010.

In an address Prof Otoo Ellis said the institute had experienced tremendous development since it was established a few years ago.

He noted that E-Learning had now made tertiary education easily accessible to many, especially workers and students who because of time constraints could not visit the lecture halls.

He noted that such students only have to sit behind their computers and at their own pace, follow programmes and build their capacities in their areas of interest.

He said since the public was now appreciating the essence of E –Learning as alternative form of education, the university authorities would not only increase the number of programmes offered, but would also increase the number of students admitted.

He noted that the E-Learning Center of the IDL did not only collaborate with three India Universities ; the IGNOU University, Amity University and the University of Madras for exchange of programmes, but also collaborate with other Universities in the continent such as Malawi, Uganda, Botswana, Liberia, Cote D’ Ivoire, Kenya and Egypt.

Prof. Otoo Ellis said his doors were always opened to the graduates and therefore urged them to contact him anytime they were facing challenges.