ANIE Network | Open university set to meet growing demand for HE
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Open university set to meet growing demand for HE

Open universities are helping to increase access to higher education across Africa as it becomes more apparent that the demand for brick-and-mortar facilities cannot be met by resource-constrained governments, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Laweh Open University College, Josiah Cobbah, told University World News.

Laweh, based at Teshie-Nungua in Accra, Ghana, is the brainchild of the former vice-chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Joshua Alabi, together with his wife Goski, who is dean of the Centre for International Education and Collaboration at UPSA. Laweh is the first private open university in the West African region and is affiliated to the Open University of Tanzania. It opened its doors to students in 2015 after it was incorporated a year earlier.

Cobbah said Ghana is likely to struggle in the face of a projected increase in the number of students into universities following the introduction of the free senior high school programme. Open universities will be needed to fill the gap, he said.

“The government does not have enough resources to support the provision of brick and mortar facilities at one place to support admissions of the growing numbers,” he said. Therefore, open universities like Laweh will be needed to support the massification of higher education.continue reading