Independent Universities to celebrate 8th anniversary

The Council of Independent Universities (CIU) will celebrate its eighth Anniversary to highlight the importance of private tertiary education in national development.

The event on the theme: “Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Tertiary Education – the way forward,” would offer member institutions the opportunity to appraise the council’s activities and make projections on future projects and programmes towards quality human resource training.

A statement issued by the CIU in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday said the anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 14 at the Ghana Technology University College Main Campus, Tesano.

It said the anniversary would afford the council, the opportunity to assess itself, examine its membership and look at innovative ways of pushing forward the interest of its members towards the delivery of quality tertiary education.

The vision of the Council is to articulate and promote issues relating to private tertiary education delivery in Ghana in order to foster world-class standards within the tertiary sector; and to meet the demands of our country’s development.

The CIU aims to play an essential role in shaping public policies that affect member institutions.

The CIU is governed by a four- member executive committee chaired by Professor Kwesi Yankah, President, Central University College supported by executive members; Prof Kofi Oduro-Afriyie, Vice Chairman and Vice Chancellor of Wisconsin International University College, Mr Martin Doku, Treasurer and Mrs Anne Marie Amoah-Ahinful, Executive Secretary. The membership of the Council currently stands at 30.

The CIU’s core mandate is to embark on advocacy for quality tertiary education, fashion out policies and handle regulatory issues that affect member institutions”.

The statement quoted Chairman of CIU, Prof Yankah as saying with the increase in enrollment in senior high schools, it is critical for all stakeholders to reconsider the issue of PPP in the delivery of quality tertiary education.

He said, for example, about 180,000 students from 652 schools who sat for the 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination would have posed enormous difficulties to parents and guardians, if private universities had not been available to absorb the excess.

“Ghana needs strong public private partnership when it comes to tertiary education,” he added.

He said CIU is committed to advocating the delivery of quality tertiary education in Ghana.

“I take this opportunity to invite all members to attend this important event and also encourage non members to register with the Council as we forge ahead to promote our common goals and interest for the ultimate improvement in the education sector of our country.”

The Conference was formed at a meeting held on November 25, 2004 at Central University College, Mataheko campus, Accra, where the secretariat is located, to recognise immense contribution of private universities to human resource development in the nation. GNA

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