Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, led a delegation to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Paris Conference in France.
The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) is the result of the political will of 48 countries which, step by step during the last eighteen years, built an area using common tools. These 48 countries implement reforms on higher education on the basis of common key values – such as freedom of expression, autonomy for institutions, independent students unions, academic freedom, free movement of students and staff.
Through this process, countries, institutions and stakeholders of the European area continuously adapt their higher education systems making them more compatible and strengthening their quality assurance mechanisms. For all these countries, the main goal is to increase staff and students' mobility and to facilitate employability.
Every two or three years, there are Ministerial Conferences organised in order to assess the progress made within the EHEA and to decide on the new steps to be taken.
Since its very beginning in 1999 in Bologna, the EHEA has involved many countries across the world with Africa playing a critical role in making reforms that shape higher education in the transformation of pedagogy with increasing digitalization, development of open resources and changes in patterns of learning.
In line with the Government of Ghana’s agenda of providing accessible and successful higher education to its citizens, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, has joined many Ministers of Higher Education across the world at the EHEA 2018 Paris conference.
The conference seeks to provide a platform that addresses implications of internationalization and globalization, societal changes and new forms of knowledge and massification of higher education. This will eventually expand the scope of higher education by widening access that will be useful to share and compare experiences. Ghana is committed to mainstreaming tertiary education by taking a critical look at how all existing policies affect access for all. He is expected to make statement on widening access and ensuring success for all in higher education and higher education social responsibility: the civic role of higher institutions.
Prof. Yankah attended the conference with the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Samuel Kwame Offei and Robert Abeku Ansah. This year’s conference, which started on Wednesday 23rd, was officially opened by the French President Emmanuel Macron at the magnificent Palais Brongniart Theatre in Paris, France on, 24th May, 2018 and ended on Friday 25.
It aims to achieve higher mobility in education, inclusiveness and innovation in higher education and Ghana is well positioned in this regard for best practices in international and global higher education through quality assurance and best standards.