Professor John Owusu Gyapong, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho has called on Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to make concerted efforts towards rewarding innovation. He said the attempt to come out with new ideas or new ways of resolving current challenges bedevilling HEIs must be appreciated and rewarded in order to engender the appetite for problem solving.
The Vice-Chancellor believes that the time has come for HEIs to be ran like businesses; thereby making use of creativity and innovation in bringing needed growth and improvement.
He said as state support keeps dwindling, leaders of HEIs must adopt alternative funding approaches such as creating life-long partnership with their alumni and the private sector.
He further called on leaders of HEIs to situate their personal visions within the strategic plan of their respective institutions so as to guarantee unfettered support from all stakeholders at the stage of implementation
Professor Gyapong made the above assertions while delivering a presentation entitled Leadership for Changing Public-Private Higher Education Funding Landscape: Roles and Expectations at the 2017 International Association of Universities (IAU) and Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) Conference in Accra.
The 2017 IAU and GMA International Conference ended after a week of fruitful discussions on challenges relating to funding of higher education. 170 people from 45 countries participated in the conference which was hosted by the University of Ghana in Accra.