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 workshop was chaired by Professor S.N. Woode, former Chairman of the Public Services Commission.  It was facilitated by Professor C.N.B. Tagoe, Chairman of the NCTE; Dr. Paul Effah, Project Director of the SALT programme and former Executive Secretary of the NCTE; Professor H.J.A.N Mensa Bonsu, Legon Centr for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana; Mrs. Elizabeth Obese, Director of Finance, University of Cape Coast; and Mr. G.F. Daniel, Former Registrar, University of Ghana among others.

The participants were taken through topics such as Effective University Governance; Criteria for the Appointment of Council Members; and Financial and Budgetary Responsibilities of Council among others. 

It is expected that by the end of the Senior Academic Leadership Training (SALT), Phase 2 programme on December 31, 2016, about 300 University Council Members and 210 Heads of Department from both public and private universities will be trained and oriented on their roles and responsibilities.  

Among the major long-term outcomes that SALT Phase II plans to achieve are:

•Council members would have acquired the knowledge and skills to enable them to understand and to better prepare them for their roles and responsibilities.

•Heads of Departments would have sharpened their knowledge and skills for the effective and efficient management of their respective departments.

• A pool of Senior Academic Leaders (SALs) would have been created to fill positions within the public and private tertiary education sectors in Ghana and to some extent in Nigeria.

The NCTE was established by NCTE Act 1993, (Act 454) to oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana and to advise the Minister of Education on the development of the institutions. The NCTE is committed to providing leadership in tertiary education by advising government and all relevant institutions to enhance access, quality, equity, relevance and governance.

Issued by Management of the NCTE