A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build the capacity of teacher trainees across the country has been signed between the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and Reed Elsevier, a multinational information company based in United Kingdom.
The agreement is to provide the 38 Colleges of Education (COE) in the country with advanced e-learning materials to facilitate scientific-based research for the next three years.
It formed part of efforts to strengthen collaboration between the company and tertiary institutions through a 100, 000 dollar annual funding for research and libraries as means to improve access to quality higher education.
Speaking at the ceremony in Accra, on Monday, the Executive Secretary of NCTE, Professor Mohammed Salifu, underscored the need for tertiary education to be well equipped with new technology and materials which would bring them up to speed with international standards.
He explained that the MoU was designed to provide learning materials that would be accessible to staff and students particularly in the various faculties of the colleges for quality teaching and learning.
He said the contract would be reviewed for a much longer period subject to satisfactory appraisal after the three year period.
Prof. Salifu assured of the commitment of the council to ensure that the colleges put the materials to appropriate use and maintenance.
The Charge d’Affairs of the Dutch Embassy, Mr. Thierry van Helden stressed the need for public universities, polytechnics and other training institutions to have access to quality content and be more competitive globally.
That, he said, could be achieved when the country adopt best practices and collaborate with others in the field of higher education to help position tertiary institutions to be more relevant to the development of the country and the continent at large.
“This agreement fits well into the strategies of Netherlands and Ghana. It is part of our effort to stimulate private sector involvement and to work with Ghana in strategic areas such as agriculture, health and education,” he said.
The Chairman of the Reed Elsevier, Dr. Y. S. Chi, said the company was looking forward to exploring new ways of partnering with institutions to support scientific research conducted in the country.
The Deputy Director in Charge of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, Cephas Mensah commended the firm for the support and called on other corporate entities to emulate the kind gesture by Reed Elsevier.
According to him, the ministry has over the past few years strengthened collaboration with organisations and institutions to facilitate quality tertiary education that had the capacity to churn out very productive human resource for the country.
He urged the colleges to make good use of the equipment and ensure their proper maintenance.
By Charles Amankwa and Benedicta Ampadu-Okyere