Professor Ernest Aryeetey, a former vice chancellor of the University of Ghana, has expressed concern about the decline in tertiary education standards on the African continent.
Prof. Aryeetey lamented the lack of efforts made to address the problems facing tertiary education in Africa. He has over 40 years of experience in the field.
“We have a long way to go because there has been a lot of retrogression in many of Africa’s universities over the years,” Prof. Aryeetey told Citi TV’s Footprints host, Samuel Attah-Mensah.
“There has been a lack of willingness to confront difficult challenges and this is found in universities across the African continent,” he added
To address the challenges, Prof. Aryeetey currently leads the African Research Universities Alliance, a network of 16 of Africa’s flagship universities dedicated to leveraging the resources of successful universities to help struggling ones.
“The challenge for us is how to use their [improved universities] resources to improve others through collaboration,” he said.
During his time as Vice Chancellor at the University of Ghana from 2010 to 2016, Professor Aryeetey had a positive and bold impact on the institution.
Among the major highlights of his tenure as Vice-Chancellor was his role in facilitating the construction of the University of Ghana Medical Center, which he describes as his proudest moment as Vice-Chancellor.