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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa



Rethinking Higher Education Governance in Ghana: Reflections of a Professional Administrator

Paul Effah, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, ISBN: 978-2-86978-786-5

This book is an institutional history of leadership in higher education institutions in Ghana, recounted through a rich narrative of the life and career trajectory of one of Ghana’s pioneering university administrators. It offers insights into some of the complex set of challenges confronting the higher education system and institutions in Ghana at the turn of the century. The narrative starts off by tracing the development of higher education in Ghana through a history of Achimota College from the late 1920’s right up to the current period; before moving on to a discuss leadership quandaries at Universities in the midst of turbulence, demonstrating the ways in which governance and leadership failure invites government intervention and intrusion into university administration. It provides engages with the challenges involved in establishing the higher education institutions in Ghana such as University for Development Studies Tamale and the National Council for Tertiary Education. Overall, the book emphasises the importance of targeted government investment in leadership and management training. The autobiographical approach used in the book allows the author to ask pertinent theoretical and policy questions on how to rethink the higher education system in Ghana.

Paul Effah President of Radford University College Ghana. He was the frst Registrar of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, after having held various positions in the offce of the Registrar of the University of Ghana, Legon, including secretaryship of the Committee of Vice Chancellors. He went on to serve as Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education in Ghana. His area of expertise is governance and leadership in higher education, and has written extensively on this subject. Paul Effah is an international consultant, facilitating training of university leaders and managers in Africa. He is currently the President of Radford University College in East Legon, Accra, Ghana. He holds a BA (Ed).Hons from the University of Cape Coast and a MPA from the University of Ghana.

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