May 9, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Ghana has seen a dramatic increase in university enrollment over the past nine years. 

According to UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report, 157,626 students enrolled in higher education in Ghana in 2014—more than twice that in 2005.  20 percent of Ghana’s wealthiest students attend university, while less than 1 percent of Ghana’s poorest do. 

Ghana’s uptick parallels a worldwide increase.  Between 2000 and 2014, the number of students enrolled in higher education increased from 100 million to 207 million. 

The report said, “In the same period, the global higher education gross enrollment ratio increased from 19 percent to 34 percent.  This ratio expresses enrollment as a percentage of the population who are in the five-year age group immediately following secondary school graduation typically ages 19 to 23.”

What accounts for Ghana’s success?  The report cites Ghana’s highly effective student loan program.  Ghana’s Students Loan Trust Fund allows students from poorer families to access higher education funding. 

Learn more about studying in Ghana.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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