Private universities, Ghana

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Private universities are universities not operated by governments, although many receive tax breaks, public student loans, and grants. Depending on their location, private universities may be subject to government regulation. This is in contrast to public universities and national universities. Some universities are non-profit and some are for-profit.


There were few private universities in Ghana before the beginning of the New Millennium. Ghana has seen a flood of the establishment of private universities and colleges across the country and this is a reflection of the country's stable governance and peaceful atmosphere, and most importantly the pace of the economic growth. Most of these Universities are not known to be sponsored by foreign corporate organisations and government universities, and the aim is to avoid the Ghana government excessive payment of bond which is a requirement for all foreign Institutions endeavouring to operate business in the country. Almost all the private universities in Ghana have similar kind of academic discipline like Business Administration, Human Resource, Accounting, Information Technology, etc. which are being offered by Universities like Ashesi, Regent, Valley View, Ghana Telecom, and many others. The recent discovery of Oil and Gas in commercial quantities has basically influenced the development of Oil and Gas Management courses within the private universities curriculum. Kofi Annan Internation Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is still under the public debate to either distinguish it as public or private tertiary institution as the subject establishment is receiving grants from government and NGO's alike, and the institution is also being managed by Military personnel and civilians. KAIPTC, could have been the only private tertiary institution with specialised focus if there was no governmental management and grants directing to the Centre. Be-Great Security and Intelligence Academy (BGSIA) is recognised as private University Academy with specialised program like Security Studies, Intelligence Management, Investigation Studies, Forensic Investigative Psychology, Diplomacy, Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice, and other law enforcement courses. As the name suggest, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecost and Islamic Universities are all aiding with the sustainability of the Biblical and Quranic teachings.

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