Dr. Patrick Swanzy


Dept: Teacher Education
Department of Teacher Education
Ulzen Block
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Quality Assurance in higher education and TVET institutions, Higher Education Administration and Leadership; School Safety; Disabilities in higher edu...~more


Dr. Patrick Swanzy is a Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator at the Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Patrick holds a Master of Education (Administration) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and earned his PhD in Education from the University of Adelaide, Australia specialising in quality assurance in higher education. He was also a Carnegie Corporation of New York postdoctoral research fellow in 2017 at the Institute for Post School Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Patrick also has a certificate in Disability Studies from Barkuma Inc, Adelaide in Australia.  Patrick has worked in the field of education in Ghana, South Africa and Mozambique. He has taught at every level from primary to tertiary and has also been involved in education administration. Currently, he is a visiting Scholar at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique and the Institute for Post School Studies, University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Prior to his doctoral studies, Patrick was the Head of Practical Training at the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Ghana.  At the University of the Western Cape, in South Africa, Patrick facilitated the Doctoral Program in Higher Education Studies (DPHES) funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Comparative Higher Education Policy and Innovation Studies (CHEPIS) jointly offered by University of the Western Cape- South Africa; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and sponsored by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). He is experienced in supervising doctoral students from diverse backgrounds such as Ethiopia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Uganda.  Patrick is a Senior Member of the South African Quality Institute. He is also a Key Researcher for West Africa in a research project dubbed “Mapping Higher Education policies in Africa (MHEPA)" funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and hosted at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.   He is also a Co-investigator of a research project titled “The Evaluation of Inclusive Education Programs for Transition-Age Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Botswana and Ghana” hosted at Michigan State University in USA. In 2019, he won US$30000 from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is Pan-African research organisation headquartered in Dakar, Senegal to "Re-conceptualize quality assurance in African higher education".  Patrick serveed as a reviewer for Springer Nature Singapore. He is also an Editorial Member for the Voices Against Torture (VAT) journal based in Vancouver, Canada. He has published in reputable journals in higher education studies.  


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