The new Secretary General of the Association of African Universities, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, paid a courtesy call to Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei AduTwum on Monday, 25th of October 2021. Prof. Oyewole’s visit to the Ministry of Education was to formally introduce himself and his administration, to the Minister of Education, as well as to express the AAU’s profound appreciation to the Government of Ghana for the support extended to the Association and its mission, over the years.
Accompanying him were the Director of Research and Academic Planning at the AAU, Professor Jonathan Mba, The Human Resource Manager, Mrs. Yvette Quashie; and the Executive Assistant to the Secretary General, Ms. Josiane Taley Sossou.
In his discussions with the Minister of Education, Prof. Oyewole, expressed special gratitude to the Government of Ghana for its unwavering support towards the management and execution of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) Project, an initiative of the World Bank and African Governments. Highlighting the key successes and impact of the project in enhancing quality post-graduate education in higher education institutions within the sub-region, Prof. Oyewole called for more collaboration and support from the Ministry towards the AAU and higher education in general.
For his part, Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum expressed his joy and pleasure in meeting the new Secretary General of the AAU. He shared his strategic focus as the Minister of Education, to expand the gross tertiary enrollment ratio of Ghana with more emphasis on producing quality graduates with innovative skills to transform not only the Ghanaian economy but the African continent at large.
Again, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum mentioned that the government of Ghana looks forward to launching the special Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes in senior high schools in Ghana as part of the Ministry’s plan to bridge the skill gap of young graduates in Ghana.
Bringing the meeting to a close, Dr. Yaw Osei AduTwum emphasized the significant role the Association of African Universities had played in previous years and pledged his full cooperation to the AAU and the newly appointed Secretary General, towards the realization of his goals for the advancement of the Association.