Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Three Christian university colleges – Methodist University College, Catholic University College, and Presbyterian University College – have received the Presidential Charter to become universities in their own right.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, through Presidential Assent, granted the charters last Tuesday to grant the three universities the authority to award their own degrees and degrees in their name.
The three institutions have now become the Methodist University of Ghana, the Catholic University of Ghana and the Presbyterian University of Ghana.
The Methodist University of Ghana has its main campus in Accra, the Catholic University of Ghana has its main campus in Fiapre, near Sunyani, while the Presbyterian University of Ghana has its main campus in Abetifi, Kwahu.
Their leaders, known as presidents, also became vice-chancellors.
Public universities are created by Acts of Parliament with Presidential assent to award their own degrees and diplomas, while private university colleges must go through periods of academic mentoring and supervision by mentoring public institutions for the awarding of degrees. degrees and diplomas.
President Akufo-Addo explained that until recently, private university colleges, after 10 years of demonstrating sufficient capacity in governance, finance, academic matters and infrastructure development, could then apply to the Council national accreditation a
Presidential charter to enable them to award their own degrees and diplomas.
He however explained that following the establishment of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), it was no longer mandatory for new tertiary institutions to enter into affiliation agreements with institutions. to existing charters to be accredited.
This, he said, meant that the standard of proof would be higher for new institutions joining us, as they would have to demonstrate their ability to get started.
He therefore urged the GTEC to be even more vigilant in applying the new rules so as not to jeopardize the internationally recognized reputation for integrity and quality of the country’s higher education system.
The President said that under the new transitional arrangements for granting a charter, all existing university colleges had been given up to four years to demonstrate their capacity and readiness for charters by meeting the prescribed conditions.
“However, even if an affiliated institution is unable to meet the requirements for a charter within the specified four-year period but demonstrates a formal reason to prepare for a charter, an additional two years will be granted by the commission to the institution to enable it institution to meet the requirements of the charter,” he added.
He said the three colleges had worked towards this end and were now the first to receive their charters when the reforms came into force.
“As a result, they have successfully passed the rigorous accreditation and quality assurance processes under the law and associated regulations, which directed the commission to consider certain methods in the charter assessment process” , noted President Akufo-Addo.
He mentioned the evaluation process to include the governance structure of the institution, the quality of teaching and research, the academic staff and the work of the applicant institution; the sustainability of the financial strength, facilities and teaching resources available or held by the applicant institution and such other factors as the commission has deemed appropriate.
He noted that the tutelage provided by the mentoring institutions – University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – has led to the adoption and incorporation of best practices as required by the GTEC .
A representative of the three universities, Prof. Dan Obeng-Ofori, who is the Chancellor of the Catholic University of Ghana, congratulated President Akufo-Addo for the honor done to the institutions by offering the charter.
He called for supporting private universities, including through the GETFund and other avenues, so that they can also grow and provide places for future students from the free SHS policy.
He also made a request for buses as anniversary gifts for the three universities, a request which the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, after consultation with the President, announced the government would meet.