Making tertiary education pay off


A strategic approach for Regent University College of Science and Technology in times of economic turbulence

By Prof. Samuel Lartey ([email protected]

In the wake of Ghana’s recent economic downturn, stakeholders across various sectors are facing unprecedented challenges. For educational institutions like Regent University College of Science and Technology, these challenges present unique opportunities to redefine the value of tertiary education.

As resources grow scarce and the battle for sustainable livelihoods intensifies, the role of higher education in economic and social stability becomes more critical. This feature article, explores how the university is strategically positioning itself to ensure that its educational offerings not only meet the immediate needs of its students but also align with the broader economic demands and sustainability goals of the country.

Through innovative curricula, partnerships with industry, and a focus on entrepreneurship and community engagement, Regent University is pioneering efforts to make tertiary education a valuable investment for students and all key stakeholders during these turbulent times.

It must be added that in the ever-changing economic landscape of Ghana, where resources are scarce and the demand for sustainable livelihoods is at an all-time high, tertiary institutions play a pivotal role.

Regent University College of Science and Technology, under the stewardship of its academic and administrative bodies, is spearheading initiatives to ensure that higher education remains a worthwhile investment for students and all key stakeholders, even during periods of economic turbulence.

Aligning Education with Market Needs

The primary step towards making tertiary education valuable is aligning academic programs with the current market demands. At Regent University, we are constantly revising our curriculum to incorporate skills that are in high demand in the workforce.

This involves regular consultations with industry leaders, alumni, and job market analysts to identify trends and future opportunities. For example, our recent focus on digital technology and entrepreneurship aims to equip students with the tools they need to thrive in a digital economy.

To bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, Regent University has established numerous partnerships with local businesses and international corporations.

These collaborations facilitate internships, part-time jobs, and project-based learning, allowing students to gain hands-on experience and make meaningful contributions to real-world projects. Such exposure not only enhances their employability but also instills a robust work ethic and practical skills that are crucial in today’s competitive job market.

Understanding the financial constraints that many students face, particularly in challenging economic times, Regent University has implemented several measures to ease the burden.

Our flexible payment plans, scholarships, and work-study programs are designed to ensure that financial barriers do not hinder a student’s ability to pursue higher education. Moreover, by offering online courses and distance learning options, we reduce the overall cost of education, making it more accessible to a broader audience.

In a country like Ghana, where job creation is vital for economic stability, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset is key. Regent University encourages students to develop innovative solutions to societal challenges. Our entrepreneurship hub serves as an incubator for student-led startups, providing mentorship, funding, and networking opportunities to help young entrepreneurs launch and scale their ventures. This initiative not only supports individual student success but also contributes to the broader economic development of the nation.

Regent University is deeply committed to community service and sustainable development. Through various outreach programs, our students and faculty engage with local communities to address social, economic, and environmental issues. This engagement helps to reinforce the relevance of our academic programs and allows students to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways that benefit society.

To ensure that Regent University College of Science and Technology remains resilient and sustainable during economic turbulence, the University’s strategic approach regularly focuses on several pivotal areas:

  1. Update and adapt the curriculum to align with industry demands and incorporate practical, skills-based training.
  2. Foster connections with businesses for internships, co-op programs, and collaborative research that aligns academic efforts with industry needs.
  3. Introduce flexible payment options and expand online learning to make education more accessible and affordable.
  4. Form international partnerships and improve accreditations to boost the university’s global stature and attract a diverse student body.
  5. Utilize data-driven marketing and engage alumni to attract new students and enhance the university’s market presence.
  6. Employ cost management strategies and explore new revenue streams beyond traditional tuition fees.
  7. Implement feedback systems and define performance metrics to continually refine and adjust strategies based on real-world effectiveness.


As we navigate these turbulent times, the value of tertiary education must be continuously evaluated and enhanced. At Regent University College of Science and Technology, we are committed to providing an education that not only meets the immediate needs of our students but also prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Through strategic alignment with market needs, practical experience, financial accessibility, innovation, and community engagement, we are making tertiary education a pivotal tool for achieving personal and national growth.

In this ongoing journey, the collaboration of all stakeholders includingstudents, educators, industry leaders, and policymakers is essential. Together, we can transform challenges into opportunities and education into a powerful catalyst for development.

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