University of Ghana set to hold public debate on academic freedom


The Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana is set to organize a series of high-level roundtables on academic freedom in August 2022.

The discussions will take place in three distinct but interconnected parts on 11e19e and 25e in the Great Hall.

The main theme of the roundtables is “Academic Freedom and the African University: Contemporary Issues in Higher Education in Ghana”, and will bring together leading academics as well as students from the University of Ghana to debate a myriad issues facing higher education. Ghana.

In all, there will be 15 speakers during the three evening conversations. The program should also provide a sustainable platform for the critical unpacking of multi-layered sources of current challenges facing the Ghanaian university and generate a repertoire of resources to apply against threats to academic freedom and university autonomy.

In a statement released by the University on August 3, 2022, it noted that: “considering that higher education issues do not or should not be of interest solely to the academic community, panels and issues for debate have been grouped in a way to also involve the general public”.

Panels will address a variety of sub-themes including; Coloniality in higher education structures in Ghana; academic freedom and academic sovereignty; decolonizing academic freedom; Decolonize law schools; Africanization and revision of curricula; education, gender and development; African Feminism and Academic Freedom; Dual track and installation challenges.

Other topics include research quality, recognition and promotion; academic activism and the public intellectual; The future of higher education in Ghana; Corporate University and University Autonomy; The housing crisis on campuses; Higher education and employability of graduates; Teacher-student relationship and democracy in the classroom; academic freedom and academic traditions; The high cost of academic self-determination.

The event will also feature a documentary film on academic freedom.

The program will be available in a hybrid format to allow for in-person and online participation.


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