We are not restricting ourselves to the four corners of the lecture room; we are embedding technology in everything that we do.
The fact that you can take classes from work or home is evidence of that. Government intervention is also essential in making life much easier for education providers. An enabling environment will enable educators to provide quality education for the human resource base that they want to train.
The University of Ghana is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the region. We, therefore, have a responsibility as an institution to develop high-quality human resources not only for the country and continent but also the world. Being one of the most notable institutions in the continent, we are passionate about working towards a peaceful Africa. We also want our home to be industrialised and interconnected, just like the more developed parts of the world. Our strong focus on imparting the right skills will eventually lead to a very sophisticated and able workforce.
We must support innovation and promote it as much as we can.
Our member universities, as well as those in Sub-Saharan Africa, are very cognizant of this. You are now seeing many schools set up incubators and encouraging entrepreneurship.
That will create an environment which allows graduates to set up a business based on innovation and new ideas. As an institution, we are very serious about transformational learning to prepare graduates not just to seek jobs but create them.
Having worked in South East Asia, the UK, and other parts of Europe, I can say that Africa can do higher education very differently.
Africa gets a raw deal in terms of reporting and publicity, but I’m glad that’s beginning to change. Media channels like BBC World are now showcasing positive stories about Africa. My Malaysian adopted son has a book series out known as “Life through My Eyes”. This book changes the perceptions about the education system in Ghana. The book blows the whistle on Europeans who come to Africa under the auspices of charity, just to make money from poor people. We must be wary of post-colonial opportunists who come to Africa to make money by offering watered-down education. These postcolonial opportunists often offer training that is of lesser quality than what is being offered by poorly funded local schools.