Tertiary education graduates must fit into industrial sector – Minister

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa,

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa,

Tertiary education must train graduates with the right calibre of manpower to be innovative and respond to the needs of the industrial sector, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister forTertiary Education has said.

He said education goes beyond acquiring knowledge in class; rather its builds students with the right attitudes to fit into the society and make meaningful impact in their fields of endeavour.

Mr Ablakwa said this at a forum in Accra christened: “Global Citizenship World Café,” organised by Webster University Ghana to encourage the spirit of global citizenship in the country and in the sub region.

The forum brought together accomplished Ghanaians from all sectors of the economy and provided a rich blend of world views and insights to informed discussions on global citizenship and how it applies to the present generation in shaping their outlook.

He noted that quality education remains the government priority, adding that Ghana is among countries identified as preferred destination for higher education in Africa and, no doubt, the country has a good number of international students learning in the universities.

He said government has tasked the National Accreditation Board to give priority to private universities who want to offer science based institutions since there is room for more private sector education in that field.

Mr Ablakwa, according to the Ghana News Agency, said government has had 13 educational reforms since independence, hence the need to identify strategic areas that should be improved upon through dialogue and constructive criticism.

He said the country spends six per cent of its Gross Domestic Product on education and the forum was to provide opportunities to learn experiences from other countries to enhance education.

Ms Christa Sanders, Director of Webster University said the University is an American tertiary institution founded in 1915 and started operation in Ghana Campus in 2013 to deliver high-quality American style education.

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