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.

PLENARY SESSION 1 – DAY 1 (2ND NOVEMBER, 2016)

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 

·       Research in Higher Education: The Agenda for Tertiary Education in Ghana – by Professor John Owusu Gyapong, Vice Chancellor, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho 

·       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) 

·       Collaboration between Industry and Academia: The Future of Tertiary Education in Ghana. Professor S.I.K. Ampadu, College of Engineering (KNUST)

 

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

 

PRESENTATIONS 

The presentations were: 

·       Building Quality Assurance to deliver 21st Century Tertiary Education in Ghana - by Professor  Goski Alabi, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) 

·       Private Sector Participation in Tertiary Education in Ghana: Policy
& Strategic Options for the Future - by Professor Clement K. Dzidonu, President, Accra Institute of Technology (AIT)
 

·       Expanding Access to Quality Tertiary Education through Open and Distance Learning - by Professor Isaac Dontwi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) 

·       Differentiation and Diversification in Tertiary Education in Ghana – by Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana 

PROCEEDINGS OF DAY 3 

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  

The presentations were: 

  • Funding of Tertiary Education in Ghana: A Vision for the Future and Policy Options for Sustainability – by Dr. Emmanuel Newman, NCTE 
  • Effective Governance of 21st Century Tertiary Education in Ghana – by Mr. Paul Effah, President, Radford University College and Former Executive Secretary, NCTE 
  • Internationalisation and the Future of Tertiary Education in Ghana – by Professor Chris Gordon, Institute For Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Legon 
  • Guidelines on Cross-Border Education and Siting of New Universities – by Dr. Emmanuel Newman, NCTE

 

PRESS RELEASE

National Council for Tertiary Education to Hold National Summit

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, Senegal will be holding a National Summit on Tertiary Education in Ghana on the theme: “Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century” from November 2 to 4, 2016, at the Mensvic Hotel in Accra. The Summit is a follow-up on the National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education held in 2013.

 

The goal of the National Summit is to offer an opportunity for stakeholders to make recommendations to inform a draft National Vision and Plan for Tertiary Education; to propose an implementation framework; and to provide input into the current efforts at developing a long-term national development plan for the nation.

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Hon. Minister of Education is the Special Guest of Honour.

Speakers at the programme include Prof. C.N.B Tagoe, Chairman of the National Council for Tertiary Education and Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba, Prof. I. Addae-Mensah, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, and Dr. Omano Edigheji, Consultant/Advisor, Africa’s Higher Education Dialogues, TrustAfrica, Senegal.

Commenting on the rationale for the Summit, Prof. Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education said: “the Summit will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, policy-making, industry, and civil society to deliberate on the sub-thematic areas of the draft National Vision and Plan document which are postgraduate training, research and development, funding, private sector participation, diversification and differentiation among others”.

He also noted that, “This will help in the supervision, management and governance of tertiary education in Ghana and make it more responsive to the country’s development needs in the 21st century”.

It is expected that about 150 participants selected from academic institutions,civil society organisations/associations, think-tanks, ministries/departments/agencies,private sector,Parliament and the media. The public is invited to participate in the Wednesday, November 2 opening session which begins at 8.30am.

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.

 

TrustAfrica works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. As a catalyst and convener, TrustAfrica is committed to generating and testing new ideas. It also strives to practice good governance and promote it among its grantees.

 

For more information contact

Hilda Asante, NCTE Head of Publications/Public Relations

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Tel: 0209989448

or

Dr. Emmanuel Newman, NCTE Head of Research/Planning/Policy Development

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 Tel: 0209989438

8TH Africa 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.