Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

The Summit would also propose an implementation framework, and to also provide input into the current efforts at developing a long-term national development plan for the nation.

It is on the theme: “Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century”.

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) is jointly organising the summit with the Ministry of Education, and the Trust Africa of Senegal, which has brought together about 150 participants from academic institutions, civil society organisations and associations, think-thanks, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the private sector, Parliament and the media.

It is a follow-up on the National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education that was held in 2013.

Addressing the Summit, Prof Opoku-Agyemang said the country had invested tremendous resources in tertiary education over the years and it was expected that the interventions would turn into new knowledge generation, innovation and skill acquisition.

She said crafting a national vision and Plan would require massive effort and investment by all stakeholders, and, therefore, commended the organisers of the programme.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang explained that the collective expertise and wisdom gathered at the summit would lead to the effective resolution of the challenges facing the country’s higher education.

He expressed the hope that he outcomes and input into the draft Plan would also bring about the required transformation to enable the Universities to remain relevant and lead in knowledge promotion for national development, comparatively to what pertained in the global arena.

She pledged her support towards the adoption and full implementation of the final policy document that would ensue so far as it addresses the major objectives as outlined in the rationale for the Summit.

Prof Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, the Chairman of the National Council for Tertiary Education, said the Summit would provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, policy-making, industry and civil society to deliberate on the sub-thematic areas of the draft document.

These covered postgraduate training, research and development, funding, private sector participation, diversification and differentiation, he said.

He gave the background of the Council, which was established by the NCTE Act of 1993, (ACT 454) to oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana and to advise the Minister of Education on the development of the institutions.

He said the NCTE was committed to providing leadership in tertiary education by advising government and all relevant institutions to enhance access, quality, equity, relevance and governance, and promised to ensure that the outcome of the summit was incorporated into the 40 years Plan of the National Development Planning Commission.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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