Tertiary education is getting a new boost in Accra and in Africa as a whole with the expansion of the Academic City University. Started in 2009, the university is changing tertiary learning in Africa with activity-based learning. It offers holistic education to create well-rounded minds who can proactively and conscientiously contribute to local and global development.
Focussed on experiential learning, supplemented with the development of social and emotional intelligence and ethical decision-making, the university is putting up a state-of-the-art campus at Haatso in Accra.
The President of the University, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, said that Academic City is committed to creating the next crop of leaders. He said that the youth should be trained to become critical thinkers and groomed into becoming entrepreneurs. Speaking at a round-table event for stakeholders he said that at Academic City, students will be guided to identify SMEs that need support and work with them to find solutions to their problems.
Prof. McBagonluri indicated that hiring a person should be based on skills and experience and not certificates and titles that a person has to his or her name. He decried the practise where an employer will look out for Masters and PhD holders instead of skilled people who had all the experience and know-how and would work to achieve results. He urged the Ministry of Education to take a second look at requirements for employing into the tertiary instituions and consider people who have also worked and acquired a lot of experience over the years with Bachelors degrees as against those who have acquired PhDs and hardly had any experience.
In an address, the Deputy Minister of Education (Non-Tertiary), Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum hinted that the educational sector will soon undergo some reforms. He said that the system should not put people in straight jackets where they are forced to follow a career because of the programmes they do at the secondary school.
The Deputy Minister said that it is not right and fair to students who are inclined towards particular disciplines and careers but are not allowed to follow their passions because secondary schools have cut off points for certain disciplines and force them into other disciplines that ensure that their dreams are never realised. He said that secondary education should be well-rounded to prepare students better for tertiary education.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said that when the reforms have taken place, it would take a much shorter period of time for a university to be awarded a presidential charter. He said that currently, a new university was required to be affiliated to a well established one for 20 years before it is considered for a presidential charter.