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The functions of Council, as provided in Section 2(1) of Act 454, are:

(a)          to advise the Minister on the development of institutions of tertiary education in Ghana;

(b)          to enquire into the financial needs of the institutions of tertiary education and advise the Minister accordingly;

(c)          to recommend to the Minister for the purpose of the preparation of annual national education budget;

(i)            block allocations of funds toward running costs; and

(ii)          grants towards capital expenditure of  each institution of tertiary  education,

              indicating how the allocations are to be disbursed;

(d)  to recommend national standards and norms, including standards and norms on staff, costs, accommodation and time utilization for the approval of the Minister and to monitor the implementation of any approved national standards and norms by the institutions;

(e) to advise governing councils of institutions  of tertiary education on suitable measures for generating  additional funds for their institutions;

(f) to advise the institutions of tertiary education on the applications for and acceptance of external assistance in accordance with government policy;

(g) to advise the Minister generally on rates of remuneration and other conditions of service of staff of the institutions;

(h) to publish information on tertiary education in Ghana; and

(i) to perform any other functions relating to tertiary education as are incidental to the functions specified  in this Act.



Council is assisted by the following Committees of Council:

 i) Finance /Audit Committee.

·         to advise on  recurrent funding,

·         to scrutinise budgets of the institutions,

·         to distribute  approved  budgets for the tertiary sector,

·         to advise on rates of remuneration and other conditions of service for staff, 

·         to advise on  audit reports of the Secretariat of Council,

·         to advise on other financial issues of the tertiary sector and the Secretariat. 

ii)            Academic Committee.

·         to advise on demand for education in line with the socio-economic needs of the country,

·         to advise on  establishment of new institutions and programmes,

·         to  advise on national norms for tertiary education,

·         to maintain contact with other’ state agencies and the private sector with the view, to promoting an appreciation of value of high education and research,

·          to advise on promotion of research and staff development in the institutions,

·         to enquire into general academic needs of the institutions. 

iii)   Infrastructure Committee.

·         to enquire into academic and physical infrastructure  needs of the institutions,

·         to enquire into capital equipment needs of the institutions,

·         to monitor development  projects in the institutions,

 iv) Appointment and Promotions Committee.

  • to  conduct interview and recommend appointment of Executive Secretary, Deputy Executive Secretary and  senior administrative/professional staff,
  • to draw  criteria for and promotion of senior administrative/ professional staff.  


 The Secretariat is organised into four departments

·         Corporate Affairs

·         Finance

·         Planning/Research/Policy Development

·         Publications/Documentation/Public Relations

Key Officers of the Secretariat:

Executive Secretary-PROF. Mohammed SALIFU, PhD, FGhIE, MIRC, MIHT, MIRF, MCTRS 

Head, Corporate Affairs Department-Mr. Nii. A. Abrahams M.A, (Ghana).

Head, Planning/Research/Policy Development Department -Dr. Emmanuel Newman BSc, Planning (KNUST) (KNUST). MSc. (Ghana)

Head, Publications/Documentation/Public Relations-Mrs Hilda Asante B.A, MPA (Ghana)