Private Universities Heads Attend Confab

A group photograph of the Heads of the UniversitiesThe Council of Independent Universities, (formerly the Conference of Heads of Private Universities, Ghana, (CHPUG), has held its 8th conference, in Accra, on the theme: “Public private partnership in tertiary education – The way forward”.

The Council articulates and promotes issues relating to private higher education delivery in Ghana, within the parameters of world-class for the country’s development.

It also contributes to the formulation of policies on education.

Addressing the conference on Tuesday, the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, called for constant dialogue between the Ministry of Education, the regulatory agencies and the private universities, and disallow politics from taking over the academic system, stressing “dialogue is very important, if we want to enjoy quality education”.

The chairman of the CIU, Prof Kwesi Yankah, lamented that running the private universities has become costly, especially the affiliation with mentor institutions.

According to him, introduction of new programmes has become quite exorbitant, while new levies have had to come on board, without prior discussions on them.

Prof Yankah hinted that the Council would soon submit proposals to the National Accreditation Board on its strengths, and the abolition of affiliation with foreign mentor institutions, and wished mentoring would be a social responsibility, and “not an attempt to stifle initiatives, collapse or frustrate the private universities”.

He again, called for assistance for the Students Union of the Private Universities. By Daniel Amoo

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