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
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