Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome to the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the body that oversees the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana. NCTE serves as the supervisory and regulatory body that advises government through the Minister responsible for education on policies relating to tertiary education.

NCTE was established by Act 454 of 1993. Operating with the Vision of “Leading tertiary education to greater heights”, the NCTE strives to promote quality, equitable access, relevance, sustainable funding, good governance and management with excellence in tertiary education that support national development. We also publish information on higher education.

Currently, there are sixty-four (64) public tertiary institutions under the NCTE – Universities (9), Polytechnics (10), Colleges of Education (38), Specialised Institutions (2), Regulatory Bodies (3), and other subvented organisations (3). In addition, there are about (94) accredited private tertiary institutions (as at December 2013).

We have established several links with institutions in Ghana, Africa, Europe, and across the globe. These include: Association of African Universities; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC); The World Bank; and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). We are poised to collaborating with other institutions and bodies locally and internationally.

You are welcome to our website for more information on our activities.







Applications are invited from suitably qualified Ghanaians for consideration for appointment as Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE). The post will be vacant from 1st January, 2015.


The Organisation

The National Council for Tertiary Education was established by Act 454 of 1993. The functions of the Council are stated in the Council’s enabling Act. The mission of the Council is to provide leadership in tertiary education by advising government and all relevant institutions to enhance access, quality and relevance.

The Position

The Executive Secretary:

Shall be the Head of the Secretariat of the Council and shall under the general supervision and direction of Council, be responsible for the day to day management and administration of the affairs of the Council;

  • Is the Secretary to Council;

  • Shall in consultation with the Chairman of Council, arrange the business and cause to be recorded all meetings of the Council;

  • Shall collaborate closely with the Ministry of Education in matters relating to tertiary education;

  • Shall liaise with Government, MDAs, tertiary education institutions, international bodies and development partners on matters relating to tertiary education ;

  • Shall provide advisory services to tertiary education institutions; and ensure that institutions adhere to tertiary education policy directives;

  • Shall vet all budgetary preparations and monitor budgetary allocations to tertiary institutions; and 

  • Shall coordinate training programmes for governing councils and senior managers of tertiary institutions.


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Hon. Deputy Ministers

Chief Director

Directors present

Members of the NCTE Board

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen      


It is my pleasure and honour to perform the inauguration of the Board of the National Council for Tertiary Education. I am particularly happy because I used to be a member of the board and I know the role the board plays in advising the Government on tertiary issues in the Country.

I wish to congratulate all of you on your appointment. I note that most of you were on the previous board.

Your re-nomination by your constituencies and subsequent approval by H.E. the President and Council of State is a demonstration of the confidence we have in you and an endorsement of your past performance. I have personally enjoyed productive relationship with you and we look forward to a greater collaboration.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

As most of you are already aware the major focus of NCTE is to ‘oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana; to provide for the composition of the Council and provide for related matters’. The detail functions of the Council are spelt out in the NCTE Act, 1993 (Act 454). I wish to charge the Council to consider novel strategy approaches to achieve its mandate while I assure you of the Ministry’s support in the realisation of this policy.

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Prof Mahama Duwiejua, Executive Secretary of NCTE

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, a foundation in Senegal is organising a National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education from May 8 – May 9, in Accra.The theme for the conference is: “Repositioning Tertiary Education for National Development.”President John Dramani Mahama is the Special Guest of Honour. Speakers at the programme include Professor C.N.B Tagoe, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana and Chairman of NCTE,  and  notes: “The programme will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, industry, civil society and policy-making to dialogue on the issues confronting quality and relevant tertiary education in Ghana.”“This will help reposition tertiary education in Ghana, making it more responsive to the country’s development needs in the 21st century.”The Invited speakers will deliver 20-minute presentations on sub-themes that will be subject matters of policy documents.In-depth papers will be developed from the conference themes to serve as source for policy briefs to the Education Minister for consideration in formulating government white papers on the selected themes.There will be 125 participants from academic institutions, civil society organisations, associations, think-tanks, ministries, department, agencies, private sector, parliament and the media.The session will be opened to the public on Wednesday, May 8, which begins at 9am. NCTE was established by Act 1993, as a supervisory body of tertiary education in Ghana.Tertiary institutions in the country comprise 10 public universities namely:  University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Mines and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Education Winneba, University for Development Studies, University of Energy &Natural Resources, University of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Professional Studies, and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.Sixty-one private tertiary education institutions including three have their own charter and 51 with degree, tutorial and distance learning private tertiary institutions. Three are private colleges of education and four are private nursing institutions.Additionally, there are 10 polytechnics, two specialised institutions comprising Ghana Institute of Journalism and Ghana Institute of Linguistics and 38 colleges of education. TrustAfrica works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors.

Prof. C.B.N. Tagoe (Council Chairman) Prof Jane Naana Opoku- Agyemang (Minister of Education) Dr Omano Edigheji, Consultant/Advisor, Africa’s Higher Education Dialogues, TrustAfrica






1.   Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE) and West African Senior

School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Candidates


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