African University College of Communications (AUCC)
The African University College of Communications is a private tertiary institution at Adabraka, Accra, Ghana, for the study and teaching of journalism, communication studies, information technology convergence, business, African Studies, providing opportunities for advanced learning, and practical and professional training for the rapid growth and development of Africa.
The Institute admitted the first batch of Diploma students for its Communication Studies programme in 2002, and was formally accredited as a tertiary institution by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of Ghana in 2004.
AUCC is a private tertiary institution dedicated mainly to the study, research and teaching of the media and communication. The AUCC was initially established in 2002 as the Africa Institute of Journalism and Communications (AIJC) by Hon. Kojo Yankah, a former editor of Ghana’s widest circulation newspaper, the Daily Graphic, former director of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, a former minister of state, and a former member of parliament of the Republic of Ghana. The founder says he established AUCC to “bring to the front row the enormous importance of communication in today’s world.”
The diploma-awarding institute admitted its first batch of 60 students in October 2002, and was formally accredited as a tertiary institution by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) in March 2004.
In November 2007, with a population of 300 students, AUCC was accredited to offer a four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programme in communication studies, under its new name, African University College of Communications; making it the first university in Africa to offer journalism and communication studies as its flagship programmes.
AUCC Business School was added in 2010 to provide opportunities for students to “think business” as they go out as professionals.
The main campus of AUCC is located in the heart of the City of Accra, Ghana. Even when the 100-acre campus at Winneba Junction is developed, AUCC will maintain its campus in Accra.
AUCC has maintained a multi-national faculty to give exposure to different experiences throughout the world, and provides students with further opportunities to “discover themselves”.
In its short history, AUCC has been recognized by UNESCO as Centre of Reference, and has signed exchange programmes with a number of universities throughout the world. The University College is a member of the Association of African Universities (AAU).
Mission and Vision
The mission of AUCC as a higher educational institution is to prepare lifelong learners to become innovative problem-solvers and ethical leaders in the fields of communication, business and related areas through excellence in inter-disciplinary teaching, research, and collaboration at the local, regional and global levels using a Pan-African framework.
Our vision is to become a centre of excellence in communication, business and related areas by providing opportunities for student learning, research, professional and economic development for the progress of the continent of Africa and the global community.
Our core values are:
- Critical and independent thinking
- Creativity and innovation
- Embrace the African cultural values
- Service to the community
- Ethics and integrity
- Our symbol is the baobab tree, which is the source of our energy, vitality, confidence and strength. Our orange colour signifies achievement (harvest), while the Black colour is the soul of our Africanness.
Learning and research centres
The university has established several centres and institutions in order to offer opportunities for continuous learning to its students as well as interested members of the general public. These include:
- The Centre for African Studies,
- The AUCC Pensions Academy
- The Centre for Innovation and Creativity
- The AUCC Development and Information Centre
- The AUCC/UNESCO Gender and Minorities Mainstreaming Centre
- The Mo Ibrahim Media Monitoring Centre
- The ICT Centre
- The Business Centre.
Discovery House,No.2 Jones Nelson Link, Off Kojo Thompson Road. Adabraka, Accra, Ghana
- + 233 302 258 586
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