International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Performance and Challenges of Private Universities in Ghana and Nigeria
E. B. Amponsah, Luke N. Onuoha

The role of private universities in Ghana and Nigeria in the last two decades cannot be overemphasised. The aim of this study was to determine the performance of private universities in Ghana and Nigeria, what has aided their development so far and what are their challenges. The study made use of questionnaire for primary data collection method. Forty Nigerians and Ghanaians studying at the postgraduate level in Babcock University (BU), Nigeria, were sampled. Data obtained were analyzed by descriptive statistics, hierarchical factor analysis and deductive inferences. The study revealed that the private universities were outstanding for their ability to provide uninterrupted academic calendar through the years; for production of the best quality graduates, as well as graduating highly ethical and well disciplined students. The study further showed that the major problem facing private universities in the two countries is largely financial - high cost of training and development of faculty and staff; lack of well-resourced libraries; inability to retain top quality faculty and staff; inadequate teaching and learning equipment and infrastructure. This study will be of immense benefit to higher education planners and managers.

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