PROF KWESI YANKAH HONORED AT PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES EXCELLENCE AWARDS, 2021
The Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG), has on this day, 10th July 2021, at the National Theatre, Accra, presented a prestigious Excellence Award to Prof Kwesi Yankah.
The ceremony, attended by dignitaries including the Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour among other past and present Government officials and students leadership across private and public sectors of tertiary education, sought to reward distinguished personalities within the educational sector.
Prof Yankah was awarded for his contributions to the development of education in Ghana. He rose through the ranks as Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Central University and as President of the Council of Independent Universities (CIU).
He also served as the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education under President Akufo-Addo. As a Minister of State, he facilitated the affiliation system in private universities and university colleges. The bill sought to reform private university affiliation and mentorship as well as the abolishment of the 25% corporate tax imposed on private universities by the previous government.
He was also instrumental in setting up a review committee for the restructuring and merger of the NAB/NCTE into the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC).
His remarkable role in smoothening the relationship between private universities and the government is one benchmark recognized by PUSAG for the award.
Prof Kwesi Yankah dedicated the award to all who have supported the promotion of education in Ghana and encouraged the private sector to carve a niche for itself in the delivery of education.