Prof. Yankah calls for tertiary education partnerships
The increased enrollment at senior high schools in the country should make all stakeholders appreciate the importance of public-private partnerships in the delivery of quality tertiary education,
according to chairman of the Council of Independent Universities (CIU) Prof. Kwesi Yankah.
Citing the 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, which saw almost 180,000 students graduating from 652 schools in Ghana, Prof. Yankah said it would have brought enormous difficulties to parents and students if private universities had not been available to augment the small number of public universities in the country.
“Ghana needs strong public-private partnerships when it comes to tertiary education,” he said ahead of the council’s eighth anniversary celebrations on Wednesday, May 14 at the Ghana Technology University College in Tesano, Accra.
The event, which will be under the theme “Public Private Partnership in Tertiary Education -- The Way Forward”, will offer member institutions the opportunity to appraise the council and make projections regarding future projects and programmes.
It will also afford the council an opportunity to look at innovative ways of pushing forward the interests of its members toward the delivery of quality tertiary education.
Prof. Yankah stated that the vision of the council is to articulate and promote issues relating to private tertiary education delivery in Ghana, in order to foster world-class standards and meet the country’s development demands.
"CIU’s core mandate is to embark on advocacy for quality tertiary education, fashion-out policies, and handle regulatory issues that affect member institutions," he said.
He further stated that CIU is committed to advocating for the delivery of quality tertiary education in Ghana, and invites all stakeholders who are passionate about the education sector to see this event as an opportunity to come on board and dilate on the issue of public-private partnership in tertiary education and its benefits.
"I take this opportunity to invite all members to attend this important event and also encourage non-members to register with the council as we forge ahead to promote our common goals and interests for the ultimate improvement of our country’s education sector," he added.
Heads of private universities in Ghana, having recognised the role that private universities were playing in the area of human resources development in the country, constituted themselves into a conference named Conference of Heads of Private Universities Ghana (CHPUG), now known as Council of Independent Universities (CIU).
Structurally, CIU is governed by a four-member executive committee chaired by Prof. Kwesi Yankah, President of Central University College. Other executive members are Prof. Kofi Oduro-Afriyie as Vice Chairman and Vice Chancellor, Wisconsin International University College; Mr. Martin Doku, Treasurer; and
Mrs. Anne Marie Amoah-Ahinful as the Executive Secretary. The membership of the council currently stands at 30.