The sixth Congregation for the graduating class of 2014-2015 of Data Link Institute, which also saw the first graduation of 26 Post-graduate students (14 males and 12 females), has taken place in Tema.


In all, a total of 277 received degrees, while six of them — Ms Jennifer Aidoo (Overall Best/Best Female Student), Castro Godwin Bangyi (Best Male Student/Human Resource Management), Grace Tornyo (Banking & Finance), Eunice Ajkuokor Charway (Marketing), Justice Odoom (Computer Science & Information Systems) and Christopher Chukwunyelum Ighoroje (Best International Student)—received Awards of Excellence.


In an address, the President of the Institute, Prof. Jacob Jonas Nortey, urged parents to channel their resources into educational ventures while admonishing the graduating class not to compromise on excellence.


Prof. Nortey also underscored the importance of transparency in national development and called on the graduating class to resist corruption in all its manifestations.


The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) and Guest Speaker for the occasion, Dr Okoe Vanderpuije, exhorted the graduating class to be prepared for the responsibilities ahead of them.


Dr Vanderpuije also urged the graduating class to strive for excellence and not settle for the ordinary or mediocrity in order to make meaningful contributions to their families, communities and society as a whole.


In his remarks the Chief Executive of the Tema Metropolitan Authority (TMA), Mr Isaac Odamten, pledged the fullest support of the TMA to the Institute in its efforts to transform society and make a mark on the African continent.


Mr Ernest Ansah, Founder and Chancellor of the University, in an address to dissolve the Congregation, said the Institute was investing heavily in human capital development by offering scholarships to Faculty members to pursue their doctoral degrees.


Mr Ansah disclosed that in an effort to lessen the burden of raising tuition fees, the Institute had developed a new way of assisting students to earn income while studying.


He pledged to maintain and consolidate relations between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi as well as its foreign partners.


Data Link Institute, an affiliate of KNUST, is a tertiary institution that offers programmes leading to the award of degrees and certificates in various disciplines.


It also provides tuition for students interested in acquiring Ordinary and Advanced Diploma from external examination bodies and institutions.


The Institute, which takes its origin from Data Link Limited (DLL) which operated as a charitable educational enterprise, was founded in 1993 by Mr Ansah and Mrs Ingrid Ansah.


The Institute received authorization from the National Accreditation Board in 2006 to operate as a university college, with the right to provide tertiary education in Ghana.


With a total staff position of 86, comprising 60 faculty and 26 administration staff, the Institute offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in computer Science and Information Systems as well as Business Administration with specializations in Accounting, Banking and Finance.


Currently, the Institute has Prof. Jacob Jonas Nortey (President), Mrs Ingrid Ansah (Vice President), Rev. B.I. Adu-Okoree (Registrar), Mr Patrick Gbagona (University Librarian) and Stephen A. Otumfuor (Accountant), as its principal officers while Dr Kenneth Kwaku presides over the 12-member Council of the Institute.


The Institute has acquired a seven square mile piece of land near Doryumu along the Akosombo-Tema trunk road for the construction of a permanent campus, but in the interim, it operates on three campuses with the Tema campus as main while the Ho and Takoradi campuses serve as pre-universities only.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)


Created: 21 January 2016
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