Prof. Ebenezer Owusu (left) speaking at the meeting. With him are Prof. Samuel Offei, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic and Students Affairs of the University of Ghana (second left), Dr Kingsley Nyarko (second right) and Mr Maxwell Amoako Kissi, Head, Credential Evaluation of NAB (right).
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has called for the classification of universities in the country spelling out different conditions of service
“We need to stratify the universities. Of
Prof. Ebenezer Owusu said this in Accra when the acting Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board (NAB),
He said everywhere in the world countries had their top-notch or star universities, and that those star universities were the universities that promoted those countries.
In the US for instance, he said there were Ivy League Universities such as Harvard and MIT while the UK had top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
“These are the pride of the countries,” Prof. Ebenezer Owusu said.
“If Ghana is having so many tertiary institutions, 240, we cannot lump all of them to together and say we are going to have unified conditions of service of all the universities.
In addition to that, Prof. Ebenezer Owusu said more top universities were going to collapse since a gradient was going to be set up with people moving from “the University of Ghana, from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Cape Coast to other smaller universities because
“You have a lecturer at a technical university being equated to a lecturer at the University of Ghana. A vice chancellor of a technical university equates him/herself to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana”.
He said the top rank universities were the face of the country and so there was the need to maintain that.
For his part,
He said he assumed office he had
“But I think that together with my team we still have to add to the gains that were chalked up by the immediate-past executive secretary,
“At least if you have the place fully automated, you save cost, bring about effectiveness and efficiency and timeliness regarding the kind of things that we do”.
He said with the collaboration of tertiary institutions in the country, the verification of credentials that faculty possessed.