Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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.




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



The sub-sections below provide a standard and basic structure for the “Tertiary Education Series”.

·         The abstract

The abstract is a synopsis of (not an introduction to) the paper. It is generally around 250 words long and should detail the essence of the article (its main argument and findings) in clear and unambiguous terms so that a potential reader knows what to expect. Summarizing an entire article into so few words can be a challenging task. One way to approach it is to imagine being given 30 seconds to answer the following questions: “so what is this paper all about and why should I read it?” 

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The Act establishing the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) enjoins the Council to advise the Minister on the development of institutions of tertiary education in Ghana.  The Council is also required to enquire into the financial needs of institutions of tertiary education, and advise the Minister accordingly.

Currently both the National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) have roles to play in the introduction and accreditation of new programmes in tertiary education institutions.  It has therefore become necessary to develop guidelines to clarify the respective roles of these two supervisory bodies.