Accra, Aug. 31, GNA - The Ghana Export
Promotion Authority (GEPA) has held a meeting with Ghanaian tertiary
institutions in line with the Authority’s broader strategies of improving
export returns in the education services sector.
The event, which brought together nine (09) higher institutions of learning and a representative from the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), was strategized to see how to boost earnings through increased foreign students’ enrolment in Ghana’s tertiary institutions.
Participants at the meeting looked at the modalities and the strategies aimed at augmenting the gains made in the sub-regional market as well as increasing the number of foreign students in both the private and the public universities.
In his remarks, the Deputy CEO of GEPA, Mr Albert Kassim Diwura, who represented the CEO, Ms Afua Asabea Asare, stated that, “As part of strategies aimed at placing Ghana beyond aid, we are leveraging our strengths in the sub-region to achieve higher revenue returns for our country.”
He said the education sector held the potential to generate the needed Foreign Exchange for the country.
Acting Director for Services, Manufactures and Petrochemicals at GEPA, Mr Abdallah Z.K. Banda, said in line with GEPA’s core mandate of developing and promoting goods and services, the promotion of tertiary education in the sub-regional market and beyond, is part of its strategic objective.
The gathering generally agreed that GEPA’s initiative was laudable and forward looking, as it seeks to assist the schools in their recruitment drive.
Participants urged GEPA to look beyond the Nigerian market and equally target the francophone markets and other African markets through the deployment of the appropriate trade promotion strategies.
It was also agreed that foreign students in Ghana should be given the best customer care so that they (students) served as good ambassadors to the Ghanaian brand.
There was also a discussion on the collation and integration of foreign students’ data into the Non Traditional Export (NTE) Data system. The consensus, however, was that the NCTE holds the relevant information needed by the GEPA to commence the process of data acquisition and eventual integration, albeit with additional work and consultation with the relevant schools.
The schools assured GEPA of their commitment to the Authority’s strategic direction, and that any support needed by GEPA to move forward in the education service sector would be provided.
The participating schools were Ashesi University, Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), Central University, Regional Maritime University (RMU), and University of Professional Studies (UPS).
Others are Kumasi Technical University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Ghana (UG) and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).