The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that Government is taking steps to accelerate the grant of Presidential Charters to private universities, because of their contribution to education and learning in the country.
Addresses the gathering at the 2018 graduation ceremony at Ashesi University, Brekusu, On Saturday, 23rd June 2018, the President stated Cabinet has recently approved the imminent establishment of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, which will, henceforth, be the regulator of all tertiary institutions in the country.
“The Commission is to provide regulations which will enable all universities, public and private alike, to be treated fairly and equally, and, thereby, expedite the treatment of deserving applications for Presidential Charters by private universities, which should take not more than four (4) years to acquire. The 6-year wait of Ashesi would be a thing of the past.”
Presenting the school with a Charter from the President of the Republic, that qualifies Ashesi University to be a fully independent university, President Akufo-Addo said “I am happy it has fallen on me to have the honour to present to the President of Ashesi University, this exemplary Ghanaian, Patrick Awuah, a Charter from the President of the Republic, that qualifies Ashesi University to be a fully independent university that can now award its own degrees. You are graduating today, as well, at a special moment in the life of this University, when it officially comes of age, and receives its own Presidential Charter. Henceforth, Ashesi would award its own certificates and degrees.”
He urged that graduates should triff to be distintict from students from the other universities.
“Identity matters, who you are matters, where you come from matters. An Ashesi degree should stand for something distinctive, and it should be different from other degrees. The surroundings, in which you have been taught, and the way you have been taught, should help to present the products of this institution as distinguishable from those of other universities.”
He added that government is securing funds to construct the Dome-Brekusu-Kitase road, which is used by many of you to reach this campus.