A higher education institution, Academic City College is set to admit its first batch of students in September this year, with the vison of offering premium tertiary education focused on the STEM approach.
Located at Haatso in Accra, the institution will train students in programmes such as Engineering, Information Technology, Business, and Communication Studies.
Addressing stakeholders at a round-table forum in Accra, President of Academic City, Prof. Fred McBagonluri called on government and other players in the education sector to support private institutions such as Academic City to deliver its mandate.
“We are a new institution focused on STEM, and our strategy is aligned with government policy on technical education and we want to partner government.
We are producing students that will be hands-on and we might come looking for jobs, internships and scholarships opportunities for our students.”
Prof. McBagonluri further appealed to government, to consider making some adjustments to certain regulatory frameworks in the sector.
“The regulatory framework in Ghana for higher education looks so restricting. You look at the requirements, and you cannot go to the university for instance, with O-Level, it has to be A- Level. What if you have a student who graduates with a distinction and is bright enough to go directly into the university? Why not?”, he quizzed.
“In Ghana, if you have a one-year masters degree, you cannot teach in the university even if you are very smart, and that does not make any sense. University of Ghana, for example, in 65 years has produced only one PhD in Mathematics, so if you say you have to have a PhD in order to teach Mathematics in the university, where are they supposed to come from?
So these are some of the things that we think government really needs to focus on so that we can move tertiary education in Ghana forward,” he added.
According to him, the institution is committed to reconfiguring the youth to see entrepreneurial opportunities in whatever they study in school, hence, saying: “In the next 10 years, we want to be the school of choice. We want to be able to produce students that are employable- that can find jobs, and if they can, create jobs for themselves.
Deputy Minister of Education (Non-Tertiary), Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum who was present at the event congratulated the Academic City team for their vision and innovation and assured of the Ministry’s support in the discharge of its duties.