According to the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, the University Council is the Governing Body of the University. Therefore, the Commission, having considered the pivotal role the members of the Council have to play in ensuring governance, management and performance of universities in line with the national policy, goals and objectives of higher education, has decided to use the following criteria in appointing members to the Council of the Universities.
- Should possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or recognized professional qualification
- Should be of high caliber and have rendered a distinguished service in educational, professional, commercial, industrial, scientific or administrative spheres for at least 10 years in a senior capacity (so that they could stand up to the senior academics in the council)
- Should demonstrate interest in higher education and possess a commendable grasp on policies, issues and challenges of the higher education sector
Besides, due attention should be paid to ensure
- Ethnic and gender representation as appropriate
- Inclusion of members from administrative, financial/accounting and legal professions as far as possible
The attendance of members and their contribution to the decision making process of the Council and to the institutional development should be assessed on an annual basis through a structured progress report obtained from them.