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A government delegation is off to
Germany to study how it converted its
Polytechnics into technical universities.
The team led by Okudzeto Ablakwa, a
Deputy Education Minister, left Accra
Sunday night. It includes Executive
Secretary of National Inspectorate Board,
Dr. George Afeti.
"Everybody knows that [Germany's]
technical universities are one of the best
in the world so we are going to
understudy them", Ablakwa told Joy
This trip is seen by government as a
giant step in fulfilling a 2012 campaign
promise made by President John
Dramani Mahama of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC) to convert
polytechnics into technical universities.
There is a stigmatisation of vocational
and technical education as youths often
opt for training in so-called white-collar
Most Ghanaian youths have turned their
back on technical education seen as
important economic turnarounds for
countries like Singapore, Korea.
According to the Chairman of Conference
of Rectors of Polytechnics (CORP) Prof.
G.K.S. Aflakpui, President Mahama's
decision to convert polytechnics into
technical universities has brought a lot of
joy to authorities of polytechnics across
the country.
Ghana has 10 Polytechnics - one in every
In parts of Europe, converted
Polytechnics are called University of
Applied Sciences. In Germany it is known
as Fachhochschule.
University of Applied Sciences (UAS) are
designed with a focus on vocational
degrees, especially in technology,
engineering, business, and health
professions. The German Universities of
Applied Sciences enjoy a high reputation
with the German local industry.
Germany has 216 UASs.
The Deputy Education Minister said the
delegation will be meeting some heads
of these universities, and Germany's
Education secretary Johanna Wanka.
The first intake of students into these
technical universities in Ghana is
expected to start by 2016.
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