Two Nigerians have won the top prize at the ninth graduation congregation of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), a technology-focused private university in Ghana.

In a statement, the university said Mr. Peter Hunnoho Moses, who graduated with a first class in Information Technology, was judged the overall best student of the graduating class with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.99.

The overall best student in the female category went to Ms. Odinaka Abel Favour who made first class in Business Administration with a CGPA of 3.90.

In his speech to the congregation, which saw the graduation of bachelor’s degree holders and PhDs, the President of the university, Professor Clement Dzidonu, observed that this is a major achievement given that the institution has the toughest and the highest grading system within the university system in Ghana.

“To get an A grade in a subject at AIT, you must score above 90 and to get a first class with a CGPA close to the maximum 4.2 means that a student must consistently get A grades across the board.”

The Deputy Minister for Education, responsible for Tertiary Education, Hon. Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, who was the special guest of honour, congratulated the university for offering mainly science, technology and engineering programmes, which he said is in line with the Ghanaian government’s determination to implement and enforce the 60:40 policy guidelines aimed at giving priority to science, mathematics and engineering programmes in tertiary institutions.

He announced that in line with this, the ministry of education through the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) has drawn-up new guidelines that would ensure that the accreditation of new universities and academic programmes meet the guidelines. “To be approved for accreditation, a university must more or less show that it will be like AIT in its academic programme offerings.”

The deputy minister also congratulated the overall best graduating students, saying that Ghana is currently attracting over seven thousand foreign students from close to sixty countries to its private and public universities annually.

He announced that the government is mindful of the internationalisation of higher education and that the ministry of education is empowering its statutory higher education regulatory bodies to ensure that the high academic standards of a number of the Ghanaian universities including AIT are internationally benchmarked to continue to attract more foreign students.

The Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, Professor Francis Allotey, announced the election of two eminent internationally distinguished academics to the board: Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai, who is the Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Mauritius; former Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU); former President of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the former Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The other is Professor Anuwar Ali, the former Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Malaysia; former President and Vice-Chancellor of the Open University of Malaysia and member of the Higher Education Council of Malaysia.

“With these new members, the AIT Board of Trustees now boast of five former vice-chancellors of world-class universities; there is no doubt that AIT has the most high-powered and academically distinguished university board on the African continent.”