Indication has emerged that a Nigerian owned university college, “International School of Management and Strategic Studies” is set to begin operations in Ghana.
Speaking on arrival from an inspection tour of the campus, the Head of the Inspection Team, Senator Jonathan Zwingina told newsmen that the panel was happy with the progress so far made on the project.
During the visit, Zwingina said the team met with Ghanaian Government officials at the National Accreditation Board.
He commended the Ghanaian Government for the foresight which, according to him, made it possible for small university colleges to exist with big universities, adding that the initiative will expand university study facilities and relieve the government of the burden.
Zwingina lauded the National Accreditation Board for the transparency in Ghana and commended the Board for quality assurance procedures and standards which it had put in place.
He assured the Board that the team made up of Nigerians, Ghanaians, British and American citizens are committed to contributing their quota to the good work that is being done by the Ghanaian authorities.
Responding, the Executive Secretary, Professor Kwame Dattey, said the Board welcomes the involvement of Nigerian Group in the provision of tertiary education in Ghana, adding that the development would add value to the aspirations of cooperation and integration in the West African sub region.
Senator Zwingina was accompanied on the trip by Professor David Iornem, who is the Project Director, Prince H. Masevh, the Auditor of the Business Development Manager, Miss Doo Iornem.
Leading academics and professionals behind the Ghana University Initiative include the Executive Secretary of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof Mark Addison Wokocha, former Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico and Canada, Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, Presudent, Abuja chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr, Solomon Nyagba and Professor P. A. aghasua (Air Cdre rtd) of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Others include Professor Ofili Ugwudioha of Chikolo Brumelli, Dr. Stephen Ugbor (Air Cdre rtd), Prof Steve Torkuma Ugba and Dr. Mrs. Patricia Ogboru. The rest are Dr. zacharys Anger Gundu of the Ahmadu Bello University, Prof Love Chike, a Nigerian Professor, a Nigerian Professor at a University of New Zealand, Dr. Michael Addison of the Abbey College in London and Professor Bruce Duncan, Provost of the London Graduate School.
Specifically, under the Ghanaian education laws governing tertiary education, a new university must start as a university college affiliated to an existing chartered university. The degrees it should award will be those of the chartered university to which it it is affiliated. After ten years of successful operation the university college will be eligible to seel its own charter.
It is under this law that the name of the Nigerian owned University has been approved and registered in Ghana. It will be called “International School of Management and Strategic Studies”.
The University College is working towards commencing adimissions for the October 2013 session starting with 30 Bachelor of Business Administration students and 20 Master of Business Administrationcandidates.