The University of Ghana has set up a 16-member visitation panel made up of distinguished scholars and businessmen to help shape the university for the next 10 to 20 years.
The last comprehensive review of the university took place in 1961.
The panel, chaired by Sir John Daniel, President of the Commonwealth of Learning in Canada, would review academic programmes to determine their quality and relevance to the mission of creating world class human resource to meet national development needs.
It would also review the infrastructure and resources currently in place and advise on additional resources required to enable the university to adequately discharge its mandate to an internationally-accepted standard.
At the inagural meeting of the panel at the university in Accra, the Chairman of the University Council, Mr Tony Oteng-Gyasi, said the panel would review the university's administrative and governance structures, its systems and procedures.
He said in the life of any institution, it was always useful to review structure and activities with a view to improving on performance.
“It is for this significant reason that the Council of the University of Ghana has called for a visitation of this university”, he said.
In a keynote address, a former Director of the Institute of African Studies, Prof Emeritus J.H. Kwabena Nketia, congratulated the Council for setting up the visitation panel.
He said in some institutions, such reviews were routinised for departments, sometimes on a five-year basis so that they could respond to change in their own terms and not only when it was politically or economically convenient to do so.
The Chairman of the Visitation Panel, Sir John Daniel, said the immediate task of the panel was to help restore the university's academic integrity and regain its traditional credibility.
“Visitation panels around the world have found that one of the most important elements of their methodology is to commission reports within the university itself,” he said, adding that “visits by panels like ours are becoming an increasingly frequent phemenon in universities around the world”.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof C.N. B. Tagoe, said the problems that beset the university about one and a half years ago had necessitated the setting up of the panel.
The panel members are: Professors Akilagpa Sawyerr, Bernard King, CBE, Joseph Nellis, Marlene Annette Hamilton, Uday B. Desai, A.O. Falase and Emerita Kathleen Wicker.
Other are: Professors Emmanuel Akyeampong, Michael Shattock, Daryl Lund, Marian E. Addy and Emeritus E.Q. Archampong.
The rest are Messrs Robert Ahomka Lindsay and Ato Ampiah and Ms Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic.
Story by Emmanuel Bonney