Call for Chapters

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Public Policy, Government and Public Service


Proposals Submission Deadline: 2/28/2018

Full Chapters Due: 6/30/2018

Legon and 70years of University Education in Ghana: Principles, Policies and Prospects

A book edited by Lloyd G. Adu Amoah (University of Ghana, Legon)



The establishment of the University of Ghana (UG) on August 11, 1948 marked a watershed moment in the modern intellectual history of Ghana, Africa and indeed the world. This was a dream that almost did not materialize until Ghanaian men of public affairs like Dr. J.E.A. Aggrey, Dr. J.B. Danquah and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah among others insisted, contrary to official policy, that the Gold Coast deserved a university of her own. Ghana’s cocoa farmers, convinced like their fellow compatriots about the necessity for a national university, will provide the critical financial resources that transformed the UG dream into reality.

From an initial student population of 92 at its founding, the University of Ghana (UG) at 70 today has a student strength of more than 35,000. In over two generations of teaching, learning and research Ghana’s premier institution of higher learning has played a leading role in the provision of high level human capital (in the sciences, humanities and business) for Ghana, Africa and the world. To be sure though the world in which Legon was birthed has undergone profound changes at the national and international levels. At the national level some of the changes wrought include among others the policy space created for intense competition from private universities for scholars, students and financial resources; the clamour of industry for a particular kind of graduate and the idea that public universities (and indeed all organizations public and private) must be entrepreneurial to guarantee their continued survival and existence. Beyond the national milieu UG is confronted by a shrinking world of bits, bytes and robots; the rapid transnational movement of ideas, people and companies; global environmental strain; terrorism; a rising Asia; rapid urbanization; the emergence of new strains of diseases etc. This work will be retrospective in its reflections as well as futuristic in examining thoroughly the ways in which the triumphs and failings of UG in the last seven decades have shaped higher education (in turn reshaped UG) in Ghana and Africa and what kind of institution UG should be and become in forging the ideal university graduate for the future of Ghana, Africa and the world.




Objectives of the book

The principal objective of this work is to interrogate critically the contributions of UG to university education in Ghana and Africa in the last seven decades. Were the goals for which Ghana’s first university was established realized? How did the establishment of UG frame the discourse on the philosophy of university education and with it university policy formation in Ghana and Africa? How did UG shape and affect Ghanaian society (socio-economically and politico-culturally) and vice versa. In the 21st century what kind of university should UG become? These are some of the core questions that this call for chapters invites the contributors to address, but the call remains open to a wide array of high-quality scholarly submissions on the topic which pay specific attention to university education policy issues, principles and the demands the future imposes on these. Using UG’s experiences, challenges and triumphs as a case study the work seeks to inspire a rich and nuanced excavation of the record of the UG project in particular and university education in Africa more generally as a necessary guide for the future.


Target Audience

The book aims to be useful for research and teaching, especially serving as a top notch advanced reference material at the tertiary level of education. Targeted readership encompasses policy analysts, policymakers, academics, and researchers for whom the book will offer insights into the key empirical and theoretical matters framing Africa's quest for world class university education in the past, present and the future. The general reader should find the work useful as well. 


Recommended Topics

The themes for chapters will revolve around, but need not be limited to the following:

  • UG and the quest for National Transformation in Ghana
  • UG and the aims and nature of  university education in Ghana and Africa   
  • UG and the challenge of academic freedom
  • UG and Africa’s philosophy of higher education
  • UG and  University Education Policy in Ghana and Africa
  • UG and the Student Movement
  • UG and its Alumni
  • UG and Funding University Education
  • UG and the Right to University Education
  • UG-Industry Relations
  • UG, public and private university education
  • UG in a Changing world



Submission Procedure

Researchers, academics and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2018, a 1page page chapter proposal clearly outlining the central concerns of their proposed chapter and in particular the methodological approaches and whether or not the work in question will be broadly empirical and/ or theoretical. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 10, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2018. All submitted chapters will be subjected to a double-blind review process.


This book will be published by the University of Ghana Press. This publication is anticipated to be released in November 2019.


Key Dates
February 28, 2018:
Proposal Submission Deadline
March 10, 2018: Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2018: Full Chapter Submission
August 20, 2018: Review Results Returned
October 30, 2018: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Lloyd G. Adu Amoah, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science


Centre for Asian Studies        
University of Ghana, Legon

P.O.Box LG 64, Legon

Accra, Ghana

Cell:    +00233201753565