University of Ghana Undergoes Cyclical Institutional Review

As part of periodic Institutional Review of institutions of higher learning, the National Accreditation Board (NAB) is meeting with Management of the University to discuss broad issues on governance, institutional development, internationalization, research, community service, academic matters and the future outlook of the University. The Inception Meeting was chaired by the Chairman of NAB, Professor Kofi Awusabo-Asare.

Prof. Francis Dodoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Development) who acted as Chair on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, welcomed members of the Accreditation Committee and outlined presentations to be delivered by various officials of the University.

Prof. Francis Dodoo making some remarks at the Inception Meeting. Sitting next to him are Provosts of the four Colleges: Prof. Daniel K. Asiedu, Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Prof Michael Tagoe, Rev. Prof. Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi and the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia

The Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia in a brief presentation, gave a general overview of the University, mission and vision, governance structure, affiliate institutions and highlighted some challenges of the University.

Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar giving an overview of the University

Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins, Dean of International Programmes Office, gave a synopsis on the state of the University’s internationalization, including research, partnerships, challenges and strategies the office has adopted to improve upon its performance.

With respect to Research and Grants, the Director of Research, Office of Research, Innovation and Development, Professor George Obeng Adjei spoke on externally funded research, technology transfer, major external research funding agencies, income from research outputs and international research collaborations.

Prof. Perpetua S. Dadzie, the University Librarian, walked the Board through the entire Library System at the University, administration, resources (physical and electronic), achievements chalked, challenges and the future outlook of the University’s library system.

Prof. Perpetua S. Dadzie, University Librarian, making a presentation on the University Library System

During the interactive session, the Accreditation Committee presented assessment reports on the various units of the University, and said they looked forward to the interaction with the various Colleges of the University.   The Committee commended the library system of the University and encouraged the library team to share their success stories with sister institutions to replicate. The Committee commented on a few areas needing immediate attention by the University. 

Professor Francis Dodoo expressed appreciation on behalf of the University Management to the NAB Team for the initial interaction and assured that the University will work on all issues raised to ensure that the University attains its vision of becoming a world-class research intensive institution over the next decade.

The NAB Team are due to hold subsequent meetings with the various Colleges, staff and students to discuss issues concerning the collegiate system of governance, staff development, research and publications, graduate studies and other academic issues.  The visit will end with an exit conference.

Other members of the Accreditation Committee are the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Mr. Kwame Dattey, Executive Secretary, NAB, Mrs. Sheila Naah Boamah, Rev. Prof. J.O.Y. Mante, Prof. Smile Gavua Dzisi and Prof. K. B. Omane-Antwi.

Members of the Accreditation Committee present at the Inception Meeting

Also present at the Inception Meeting were Heads and Directors of various Department and Units of the University.

A cross-section of University Officials