A National Research and Education Network (NREN) is a specialized Internet service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within a country. The establishment of National Research and Education Networks (RENs) is a global phenomenon for sharing relevant research and education content.

The origins of the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET) can be traced back to 1995 when the idea was mooted. It only took a recognized significance in November 2006 at the end of a three-day workshop held by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in Accra to facilitate more effective integration of ICT into higher education’s core mandate of teaching, learning, research, and information management.

Finally, after several years of consultations among the Stakeholders, The Ghanaian Academic and Research Network was incorporated as a legal entity on August 24th 2010.

GARNET is a not for profit organization open to all accredited tertiary institutions in Ghana including research and educational institutions, Libraries and teaching hospitals. It is established for the purpose of promoting research collaboration among researchers and educators locally and internationally.

The Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET) is the Ghana National Research and Education Network (NREN) recognized by the West African Research Network (WACREN)


The Vision of GARNET is to build and operate a World-Class Network Infrastructure and services to link all the Ghanaian Research and Education community to support teaching, learning and research among all public and private institutions of higher education in Ghana, and by extension, connect its members to the Global Research and Education Network communities.


The mission of the GARNET is to:

  1. Support and help the building of strong and viable Campus/institutional networks.
  2. Build network infrastructure to connect all campus/institutional networks at high speeds to support research, collaborations and sharing of resources.
  3. Aggregate the Internet bandwidth requirements of members of GARNET and negotiating collectively with ISPs for fair institutional pricing.
  4. Have one voice on national policies/issues dealing with ICT.
  5. Foster and participate in the deployment of Regional and Global Research and Education Network for research and collaboration.



The GARNET has a 9 member Board Chaired by a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Nii Boi Tagoe. Institutional representation on the board include the Ministries of Education and Communications, the Ghana Employers Association, Ghana Academy of Sciences, the Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG), Council for Independent Universities, the Ghana Employers Association and the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. A governance expert from KPMG and a private IT consultant are also on the board.

The Board was inaugurated on the 23th of August 2019 to oversee the activities of the GARNET for 2 Years. The members of the board include:

  • Professor Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe - Chairman
  • Dr Amoako-Yirenkyi - Member - Representing Public Universities
  • Mrs Mavis Ampah Sintim Misa - Member (IT Consultant)
  • Mrs Joyceline Coleman - Member (Governance Expert, Chartered Accountant)
  • Dr Alex Frimpong - Member (Ghana Employers Association)
  • Jacob Tetteh Akunor - Member Representing the Ministry of Education
  • Mr. Emmanuel Ofori - Member Representing  the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation
  • Professor Nicholas Nsowah-Nuamah - Member Representing Private Universities
  • Professor Nii Narku Quaynor - Member Representing the Ghana Academy of Sciences



#GARNET 2023

Theme: Overcoming the Challenges of Building Digital Scholarly Infrastructure

for the Research and Education Community in Ghana

Date: Monday 19th June – Saturday 24th June 2023

Venue: University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) 

Main Campus, Sokode-Lokoe

Day Date Time Topic Session Venue
Day 1 Monday 19th 9 a.m Campus Network Design and Operations PART I: WORKSHOP IAC Lab, UHAS
Day 2 Tuesday 20th 9 a.m. Campus Network Design and Operations PART II: WORKSHOP IAC Lab, UHAS
Day 3 Wednesday 21st 9 a.m. Campus Network Design and Operations PART III: WORKSHOP IAC Lab, UHAS
Day 4 Thursday 22nd 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PART 1: PANEL DISCUSSION

Digital infrastructure for scholarly publishing in Ghana: Challenges and opportunities
Session I: Cedi Auditorium, UHAS Main Campus
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Future of Tertiary Education in Ghana with Open Artificial Intelligence (AI) Session II: Cedi Auditorium, UHAS Main Campus
6:00 p.m PART 2: COCKTAIL

Breeze Bar, Ho
Day 5 Friday 23rd 9 a.m. 4TH GARNET AGM Cedi Auditorium, UHAS Main Campus
Day 6 Saturday 24th 8 a.m. EXCURSION