Restrict tertiary institutions to their core mandates-Prof Anamuah-Mensah

Eminent educationist, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, is advocating a regulation that will restrict tertiary institutions to their core mandates to stop what he described as “mission creep.”

According to the Council Chair of Zenith University College (ZUC), this was one of the reforms needed to make Ghana’s tertiary education system meet the needs of the country and the global trends.

At the 9th Congregation of the University College in Accra on Saturday, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, suggested that the institutions should be put into four segments.

He listed them as research and postgraduates universities, specialised institutions including science and technology, comprehensive universities, and diploma award institutions.

“Educating Ghanaian youth to thrive in this ever changing complex globalised world will require a drastic transformation of the tertiary education system –its structure and how it operates in order to respond to the needs of the country and the global trends.

“The 204 institutions in the tertiary system need to be differentiated and their mission clearly stated and regulations put in place to avoid mission creep. A clear national vision with clear goals will be required,” he stated.

 

Other reforms in the system, Prof. Anamuah-Mensah said, were the development of entrepreneurial mindset to help create jobs, expansion of learning centres and faculty to include industry players.

He said graduate unemployment was becoming increasingly unmanageable and required tertiary institutions to provide workplace skills in their programmes to prepare the youth to establish their own businesses.

Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, the Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, the mentor institution of ZUC, in a speech read for him, said ZUC was on course in meeting the requirements of autonomy after 10 years of its affiliation with UCC.

Commending Zenith for the positive results over the years, he said “We are hopeful that if appropriate structures are put in place sooner than later, Zenith will be on its own and manage its own affairs,” he said.

He charged Zenith to live up to the responsibility of training students to address developmental challenges in the country and pledged the university’s commitment to play its role as a mentor.

The Rector, Mr Stephen Takyi-Asiedu, said the university had introduced new programmes including Diploma in Business Administration, and has also received approval to start Bachelor of Law programme.

He congratulated and urged the graduates to seek excellence and integrity wherever they found themselves.

A total of 161 students made up of 69 males and 92 females graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration out of which 22 representing 13.7 per cent had first class honours.

BY JONATHAN DONKOR           

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