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Who We Are


The IEPA was established in August 1975 based on a joint agreement between the Government of Ghana and UNESCO/UNDP (Number GHA/72/018/E/01/13) with an initial mandate to build and strengthen capacity in educational planning and administration of experts and non-experts and to inform educational policy formulation and implementation through research. The IEPA today is incorporated within the University of Cape Coast as an autonomous Institute that continues to train educational planners, leaders and administrators as well as support sector-wide activities in education in Ghana.

The IEPA has maintained the role of lead institute for developing educational planners, leaders and administrators and providing technical and professional support to Ghana’s education sector and envisage this bring this expertise to the African region. The Institute therefore seeks to become a Centre of Excellence in this endeavor to support systems of education in Member States.

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Core Values


We seek to pursue excellence through the creation of standards in teaching, intellectual inquiry, engagement and professional practice.


We offer opportunities to students, graduates and employees that empower them to be agents of change.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to provide equal opportunities in access to quality education and services to all persons regardless of colour, creed, ethnicity, gender, social status and physical ability.

Ethical Behaviour

We uphold acts of honesty and responsible behaviour and hold members accountable for their actions and conduct to promote personal and institutional integrity.

Client Satisfaction

We listen to and learn from our client community to address emerging issues and challenges for the common good.


We serve as stewards in the delivery of our core mandate, holding ourselves answerable to our fiduciary responsibility.


IEPA would:

Undertake collaborative research in educational planning, administration and leadership across the West African sub-region

Lead the training and facilitation of continuous professional development in contemporary educational issues in the sub-region

Improve the competencies of educational planners, administrators and leaders in the sub- region

Provide technical assistance and policy advice to governments and their agencies on issues relating to education sector plans and policies

Promote professional standards in educational sector planning, administration and leadership through advocacy and experience sharing with professional bodies and international organisations

Build capacities of domestic and international students through the delivery of postgraduate programmes in educational planning, administration and leadership

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