About Us


The Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) was established in 1975 through UNESCO/UNDP collaboration. IEPA has the mandate to train experts and non-experts in Ministries of Education (MoE) and other educational entities both public and private. This is done with the relevant research based evidence on educational planning and administration for policy development.
The mission of the Institute is to generate and disseminate reliable information through research to inform educational policy and implementation. As an equal opportunity institute, it invests in people by providing professional training, research and consultancy services for practitioners in Ministries of Education and other educational entities in both the public and private sectors.  Through seminars, workshops, conferences, public lectures as well as university courses, the IEPA is expected to bring together all stakeholders in education to facilitate constant communication between leaders, planners and administrators, as well as experts and generalists in the field of education.


The University of Cape Coast Act of 1971 (Act 390) was promulgated for granting full university status to the College with effect from October 1, 1971.  This was later re-enforced with the University of Cape Coast Law, 1992 (PNDC Law 278).  The Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) was established at the University of Cape Coast, in August 1975, on the basis of a joint agreement between the Government of Ghana and UNESCO/UNDP as contained in the original project Number GHA/72/018/E/01/13.


In particular, the IEPA primarily aims to:

  1. undertake research in educational leadership  and management.
  2. provide training and facilitation  to improve the leadership and managerial capabilities of educational administrators and planners
  3. provide technical assistance and policy advice on issues related to educational planning and administration 
  4. promote the professional standards of educational managers and planners through the establishment of a professional body/association and engaging in collaborations with other International bodies

The institute has a Governing Board chaired by the Vice –Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast.


         The Institute has a Governing Board comprising the following: 

  • Vice-Chancellor – Chairman
  • Chief Director, Ministry of Education
  • Provost, College of Education Studies
  • Dean of School Graduate Studies
  • Director, Institute for Educational Planning and Administration
  • Director General the Ghana Education Service or his/her representative
  • One Representative of National Council for Tertiary Education
  • Director, Manpower Division (Ministry of Finance)
  • Secretary General, Ghana National Commission for UNESCO
  • General Secretary, Ghana National Association of Teachers
  • Assistant Registrar, IEPA – Secretary.

The Board has the following functions:

  1. Formulate policies for the Institute.
  2. Provide general strategic direction and supervision of the Institute’s activities to ensure the achievement of its objectives.

The Board is expected to hold two regular meetings each academic year, and when need be, the Chairman may convene an emergency meeting of the Board. Half the number of members present at any meeting shall form a quorum.

The Institute has a Departmental Board   made up of all senior members in the Institute. The functions include the following;

  1. Periodically review the various programmes of the Institute  
  2. Consider issues relating to quality assurance and the maintenance of ethical standards in the delivery of teaching and research activities
  3. Consider the general organisation and regulation of courses and research in the Institute
  4. Consider the Institute’s budget.
  5. Consider matters referred to it by the Academic Board or the School Board and any other matter relating to the Institute
  6. Plan and evaluate the work of the Institute.

It also has an Appointment and Promotions Committee that considers applications for appointments and promotions of senior members before they are sent to the Human Resource Directorate of the university through the College.