8THAfrica Centers of Excellence Phase I

Project Steering Committee Meeting and 5thWorkshop


Accra, Ghana, 16thto 19thMay 2016.


The Africa Higher Education Centre of Excellence (ACE) Project, is a World Bank sponsored initiative aimed at promoting regional specialization in disciplinary fields (such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, and Agriculture) that address regional development challenges, as well as facilitating the delivery of high quality training and applied research, and meet the skills demand of the regional labour market.  Phase I of the ACE Project focuses on countries in West and Central Africa, while Phase II focuses on countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. The ACE Project has two main components. Component 1 seeks to strengthen the capacity of 22 competitively selected institutions as centres of excellence to deliver regional and quality training and applied research, in partnership with regional and international academic institutions and industry related organizations. Under Component 2, the objective is to support regional capacity building activities, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and develop regional policies. In addition, to boost regional collaboration and strengthen higher education institutions, support will be provided to The Gambia so that its institutions can purchase education services from the centres of excellence established under Component 1.

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified Ghanaians for consideration for appointment as Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE). The post will be vacant from 1st August, 2016

The Organisation

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) was established by an Act of Parliament (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 tertiary education institutions on policies and regulation of tertiary education in Ghana.

The Position:

The Deputy Executive Secretary shall assist the Executive Secretary of Council:

·         In the day to day management and administration of the affairs of the Council;

·         In the implementation of policies and decisions of the Council;

·         In the preparation of reports of Council;

·         In the supervision of staff of the Secretariat of Council;

·         By liaising between Council and tertiary education institutions on one hand and Council and the Ministry of Education on the other;

·         By performing any other functions that may be assigned by the Executive Secretary.

The Deputy Executive Secretary shall also act in the absence of the Executive Secretary.

The Person

The candidate must:

·         hold a minimum of a Master’s degree, or preferably, a PhD, in any field. 

·         have a minimum of 10 years post qualification working experience in a senior management position in a Tertiary Education Institution/Sector, Civil Service or Public Service

·         normally not be more than 55years

·         have wide experience and knowledge in tertiary education administration and management

·         have extensive knowledge of the tertiary education landscape in Ghana

·         be aware of global trends and challenges in higher education

·         be able to provide leadership and inspire confidence, as well as direct and motivate staff of the secretariat

·         possess excellent written, interpersonal and communication skills

·         be a team player, enthusiastic, self-motivated and confident

·         possess strong organizational skills

·         enjoy working to tight schedules and deadlines.

Terms of Appointment

·         To be determined by the Council

·         Salary and fringe benefits are attractive.

Mode of Application

Qualified candidates should submit applications with the following:

·         Curriculum Vitae with names and addresses of three referees; 

·         Present Salary;

·         A short vision statement not exceeding three (3) A4 pages outlining the applicant’s vision for developing higher education in Ghana.

Applications should be sent to:

The Executive Secretary

National Council for Tertiary Education

P. O. Box MB.28


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(Location: Tertiary Education Complex, Off the Trinity College Road, Bawaleshie, East Legon, Accra)

The closing date for submission of applications is May 31, 2016.




The Ghana Journal of Higher Education is a peer-reviewed Journal published by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE). The Journal seeks to provide a forum for informed discussion on challenges confronting higher education in Ghana, Africa and beyond. The Editorial Committee of NCTE welcomes original high-quality research and review papers on funding, governance, leadership, quality, and all aspects of higher education. Case studies and papers on new trends transforming the character of higher education like internationalisation of higher education are particularly welcome.


All articles should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, May 13, 2016. 

Articles must be submitted as MSWord documents; each should contain the name, professional title/institution (if any), and complete contact information for each author. Articles should not exceed 5000 words in length and should be double spaced (including endnotes, references and appendix) on A4 paper, one sided only. Pages should be numbered.




The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), with funding from the Carnegie Corporation in New York is organising Phase 2 of the Senior Academic Leadership Training (SALT) programme for Council Members of Universities. The latest workshop which is the second in the series of the SALT Phase 2 training sessions was held at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Executive Conference Centre, Greenhill, Accra on February 18 – 20, 2016. It was attended by about 30 delegates comprising Council Members from GIMPA and Wisconsin International University College.

The key objectives of the workshop were to equip the Council Members with the tools and skills to enable them better understand and interpret institutional accounts and audits; train Council Members in terms of their legal, administrative, oversight, fiduciary, strategic and generative roles and responsibilities; and to take Council Members through a self-review exercise to enable them to evaluate their performance.



The attention of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) has been drawn to misleading statements by some sections of the general public in respect of the process for conversion of Polytechnics to Technical Universities.

Considering that the NCTE has supervised the entire process so far as is constitutionally expected of us, we wish to put the records straight for the information of the general public as follows: