NATIONAL SUMMIT ON TERTIARY EDUCATION HELD FROM 2ND TO 4TH NOVEMBER, 2016
The National Council for Tertiary Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, Senegal, held a National Summit on Tertiary Education from 2nd – 4th November, 2016 at the Mensvic Hotel in Accra under the theme: Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century.
The aims of the Summit were to:
(i)Offer an opportunity for stakeholders to make recommendations to inform a draft National Vision and Plan for Tertiary Education;
(ii)Propose an implementation framework; and
(iii)Provide input into the current efforts
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Hon Minister of Education was the Special Guest of Honour for the occasion.
The Summit was attended by about 150 participants, with representatives of the business community, think-tanks, civil society organisations; members of the tertiary education sector including Vice-Chancellors of Universities, Chairpersons of University Councils; Rectors of Polytechnic and Principals of Colleges of Education; representatives of lecturers and students; Executive Secretaries/Representatives of other regulatory bodies (Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, National Accreditation Board, and National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations); and development partners.
To achieve the objectives of the Summit, there was a mixed approach of plenary sessions in which expert presentations were made by consultants on draft policy proposals in thematic areas followed by discussions, and syndicate group discussions. Outputs from the syndicate group discussions were presented at a plenary for discussion by all participants.
The programme of activities for Day 1 was chaired by Dr. Grace Bediako, a Member of the National Development Planning Commission and Former Government Statistician.
The sub-theme for the session was: Postgraduate Education, Research, Innovation and Development.
The presentations were:
· The Future of Postgraduate Education and Training in Ghana – Professor Robert Clement Abaidoo, Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi
· Positioning Science, Technology and Innovation as a Primary Focus for Tertiary Education in Ghana – by Dr. George Owusu Essegbey, Director of Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
PLENARY SESSION 2 – DAY 2 (3RD NOVEMBER, 2016)
The programme of activities for Day 2 was chaired by Professor J.S.K. Ayim, Former Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The sub-theme for the day’s presentations was Access and Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education
The presentations were:
The programme of activities was chaired by Dr. Esther Offei Aboagye, Former Director, Institute of Local Government Studies.
The sub-theme for the day’s presentations was Governance and Funding of Tertiary Education