Starting a university is a capital intensive venture which requires adequate financial preparation and planning.
Starting a university entails a lot of things.
These range from structural requirements that consist of a combination of equipment and infrastructure, as well as a regulatory framework.
To successfully start a university, both categories are necessary as one cannot do without the other.
The bane of university education is under funding.
Inadequate funding has led to countless strike actions but university staff.
The worst hit are public universities which consist of both federal and state.
Private universities in Ghana also experience the same problems of under
Let us get back to the topic of our discussion, which is things necessary for starting a university.
The Quest for University Education
There is a growing demand among Ghanaians for university education.
This has resulted in an increasing number of applications to existing universities resulting in overstretched facilities.
This calls for the establishment of
more universities to cater for the growing need for tertiary education among Ghana’s younger generation.
Requirements for Establishing a University
The National Universities Commission oversees all university related duties.
According to the NUC, the university academic structure should have a disciplinary spread to meet all areas of need. You must present proof of
funds. This should be in the form of capital as well as
Other requirements include an adequate staff composition. There should be a balance between academic and support staff. The NUC issues staffing guidelines.
The federal government through the NUC ascertains your source of funding. This is necessary for smooth takeoff
Application for licensing is next as it requires fixed and movable assets declaration. This must meet minimum set standards.
In addition, these must also align with the university’s philosophy and objectives.
It is important to note that evidence of a guaranteed and verifiable sum of
200 million must be provided.
In addition to the above, you.must include an already drafted master plan for the
The NUC gives the minimum land requirement for a
university campus to be 100 hectares. Other additional
requirements are the proximity of the university campus to
water supply, private accommodation to complement
available hostels and easy access to transport services.
Being affiliated with existing universities is necessary.
Therefore continuous interactions are expected between the
two or more institutions. Although all the above
requirements apply for National Open Universities, the land
expanse or measurements of the sites are not included or
do not apply.
Detailed application procedures will be revealed during
However with all the above explanation, adequate preparation is necessary for successful
implementation or establishment of the university.