President Akuffo Addo presented Pentecost University College (Accra) and All Nations University College (Koforidua) with a presidential charter to become autonomous universities last Thursday at the Jubilee House.
A presentation of a presidential charter to universities means such universities now have the right to award degrees and diplomas to students who pursue courses in their institutions; and that they don’t have to be affiliated to other universities to operate.
President Akuffo Addo said the presentation of the charters means that the two universities “are going to transition into autonomous Universities, with the capacity, now, to award their degrees and diplomas.”
The President indicated that the country’s tertiary education system, like that of other nations, is composed of both public and private institutions, with the public universities established by Acts of Parliament, with presidential assents to award their degrees and diplomas.
“On the other hand, private university colleges go through a period of academic mentorship and supervision by a mentoring, public institution for the award of degrees and diplomas. After ten (10) years, and has demonstrated sufficient capacity in governance, finances, academic matters, and infrastructural development, private university colleges can then apply to the National Accreditation Board for a Presidential Charter to enable them to award their degrees and diplomas,” he said.
“I am pleased to announce that Pentecost University College and All Nations University College have fulfilled these requirements, and are considered to be in a good position to manage their affairs as fully-fledged tertiary education institutions.”
Having applauded Pentecost University College and All Nations University College for the solid work done over the last decade, President Akufo-Addo drew their attention to the fact that “a Charter may be suspended or revoked by the President on the recommendation of the Board; the grant of a Charter does not relieve an institution of the obligation to operate only in facilities approved by the Board or to run only accredited programmes or courses.”
The President urged the Universities to bear in mind that they will be closely monitored, especially in areas of concern outlined by the National Accreditation Board.