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The University Council is a standing committee. It is responsible for all academic, research, and management of the GMU in order to ensure that the University achieves its mission to the heights expected.





  • Vice Chancellor Academics - Member Secretary

  • Vice Chancellor Quality and Institutional Effectiveness

  • Vice Chancellor Research

  • Chief Operating Officer

  • Deans of Colleges

  • Heads of Institutes

  • General Secretary, Student Council

Term of office

Three years (Renewable)

Frequency of Meetings

The University Council shall meet at least once in every month

Reporting to

Board of Trustees



Decision-Making & Voting Right

The committee adopts a collaborative decision-making approach. Every member has voting rights including students. A simple majority, defined as more than 50%, is necessary for the approval of any given decision.


  • To advise and recommend the formulation and review of the University's Strategic Plan.

  • To approve and oversee the implementation of the University Learning and Teaching and Research Plans.

  • To foster discourse on issues related to higher education and the University's Identity and Mission in the sector.

  • To promote excellence in teaching and learning and research in the University.

  • To oversee all matters of quality in teaching, learning, and research within the University.

  • To oversee quality assurance and quality implementation in relation to the academic functions of the University.

  • To formulate, further and coordinate academic policy, programs, and regulations throughout the University, including communication with the academic community.

  • To recommend new programs for approval of Board of Trustees.

  • To consider and approve, and, where necessary initiate, reviews, and audits of existing programs.

  • To develop and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of academic policies and undertake periodic review thereof.

  • To refer matters to Colleges for consideration and report.

  • To consider and take action on reports from Colleges.

  • To advise on actions to be taken to address the relevant recommendations of internal and external reviews of the University's organizational units.

  • To undertake regular reviews of the Terms of Reference of its Standing Committees and to approve these Terms of Reference; and

  • To exercise other functions delegated by the Board of Trustees.

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