Campus of a tertiary education school
A four-day training programme for heads of tertiary institutions, aimed at upgrading university governance, has been held in Accra.
The programme was organized by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and formed part of a three-year project, sponsored by the Carnegie Cooperation in New York.
The Project Manager, Dr Paul Effah, said “the project is intended to identify the skill gap of senior tertiary leaders, to manage both external and internal affairs of their institutions in Ghana and Nigeria”.
He explained that, the structure and process of decision making are difficult to understand and therefore making public and private tertiary institution trapped in their own contradictions.
“Good governance of universities requires that their leaders defend academic freedom, encourage shared governance, promote accountability, ensure meritocracy as well as strive for excellence,” he explained.
He added that, tertiary institution councils do not ‘own’ the university, but rather safeguards academic freedom, define tertiary mission, mustering unified and promoted research, culture and change in their institution.
He advised that Councils in the various institutions should learn to access themselves, have sense of direction, understand the finances and manage recourses of their institutions.
The intermediate passed public service commissioner, Professor S.N Woode explained that the university’s effectiveness lies on the council so as to avoid inconsistency.
“Constant renewal of visions of institutions should be done frequently to aid in the realisation of its missions,” he added.
Prof. Woode in an address said, some institutions fail along the way due to lack of good governance by the councils therefore, it is necessary and crucial for everybody not only the tertiary institutions to implement good leadership skills.