Who we are
- Who we are
- 12 July 2014
- Sylvester Akpah
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The origins of the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET) can be traced back to 1995, it only took a recognised significance in November 2006 at the end of a three-day workshop held by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in Accra as a National Research and Education Network (NREN) to facilitate more effective integration of ICT into higher education’s core mandate of teaching, learning, research, and information management. A National Research and Education Network (NREN) is a specialised Internet service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within a country.
Finally, after several years of consultations among the Stakeholders, The Ghanaian Academic and Research was incorporated as a legal entity on August 24th 2010, as a non-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.
The current members of the Board of GARNET are:-
• Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Chairperson, Vice Chancellors of Ghana,
• Prof. Asabere Ameyaw, Vice-Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba,
With Prof. Mumuni Dakubu, serving as Secretary to the Board.
GARNET aims to build an advanced Network utilising the National communication backbone Infrastructure. This Network will be used to support teaching, learning and research among all public and private institutions of higher education in Ghana. And by extension, connect its members to the Global Research and Education Network communities.
GARNET will bring the following benefits to its members and the country as a whole:
1. Contribute to inter-institutional collaboration, research and human networking between universities in Ghana and other international universities
2. Create economy of scale for building and sharing high-speed networks,
3. Promote linkages between the academic and research community, industry, government and other international research and educational networks.
4. Promote national, regional and international collaboration
Membership to GARNET is formulated on the basis of Open Access, implying that all accredited tertiary institutions in Ghana are allowed to join under the same terms of conditions and without any restrictions.
Prof. Mumuni Dakubu as its Chief Executive Officer heads the GARNET Secretary and Benjamin A. Eshun assists him as the Executive Secretary. In addition, there is the Advisory Board made up of the CITO/ICT Directors/Managers from
• University of Ghana
• Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
• University of Cape Coast
• University of Education, Winneba
• University of Development Studies
• University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa
• Central University College
• Ashesi University College
Over the years, GARNET has received some support from partners namely the Association of African Universities (AAU), the Network Startup Resource Centre (NSRC), Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) and Google in the form of
• Equipment donations to universities
• Training Workshops for IT Staff of universities
• Sponsorship to attend International conferences, workshops and meetings
• Direct technical assistance to audit campus networks
• Grants to improve wireless infrastructure
Some of the major events that have taking place within the last 3 years are
o Best Practice Campus Workshop in Sept 2010 – UEW
o Network Monitoring and Management Workshop Nov 2011 – KNUST
o University ICT Directors and Managers Forum May 2013- Accra