LUG celebrates new Campus Inauguration

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In 2013, Lancaster University in partnership with Transnational Academic Group opened the Lancaster University Ghana campus. Since then the number of students has grown exponentially and our portfolio of Foundation, Undergraduate programmes and the Executive MBA matches the demands of the West African as well as the global employment market. On 5th October, 2021, we held an inauguration ceremony to celebrate our relocation and opening of the new TAG Ghana campus at Tantra Hill, Accra.

Our new campus, which will be developed in phases has the capacity to take 3000 students and 300 staff. The completed campus boasts of facilities such as smart classrooms, a modern library, prayer rooms for Muslims, on-site hostel accommodation for students, multi-purpose sports complex, and a cafeteria.

Professor Malcolm McIver, LUG CEO & Provost

Guests at the ceremony were welcomed to the new campus by LUG CEO & Provost, Professor Malcolm McIver.

Speaking at the inauguration, our Co-founder, Mr Rakesh Wahi, said “TAG has established a strong presence by bringing the first British University Campus to Ghana. As we build on program offerings of our academic partner, Lancaster University, we are taking steps towards building capacity in additional vocations by developing our own curriculum as well as bringing in other partners who can help fill the gaps in our current offering and the market demand. We see STEM’s specifically computer sciences, healthcare, nursing and hospitality as significant short term developments in our product offering. These initiatives will be backed by other higher education campus developments in Nigeria, East Africa and South Africa.”

Mr Rakesh Wahi, Co-Founder, Transnational Academic Group

Mr Wahi also stated “Our purpose is to facilitate the learning journeys of our students and employees in an inclusive, transformative and sustainable manner. Our long term presence will have a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we work and live, and enhance the lives of those who engage with us. We develop the people who develop nations.”

The Director General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), Professor Mohammed Salifu, also speaking at the inauguration said the government had developed a new strategy aimed at encouraging private sector participation in the delivery of tertiary education in the country.

Professor Mohammed Salifu, Director General, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC)

“So there is a strategy now to encourage private sector participation by providing certain incentives to the private sector operators. We looking at creating the enabling environment for a lot more of the private sector to get involved. We want to grow the share of enrolment in the private sector which is about 15 to 20 per cent,” he stated.

He said these reforms had taken a huge burden off the private sector providers. He noted that the new tertiary education landscape was intended to embrace the private sector as an integral part of what the government wants to achieve.

“So we don’t see the private sector interventions as just additional, but integral to the overall strategy for delivering tertiary education in the country,” he said.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by a sod-cutting ceremony and a tour of the new campus.

Cutting of Sod by Mr Rakesh Wahi and Professor Mohammed Salifu
MC – Dr Emmanuel Arthur, Head of Business Studies Department
Tour of new campus facilities
Mr Rakesh Wahi presenting plaque to Professor Mohammed Salifu
Vote of Thanks by VTN Lt Colonel S Gautama, Project Director