Ghana has 24 public universities: the University of Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the University of Cape Coast, the University College of Education, the University for Development Studies, the University of Mines and Technology, the University of Health and Allied Sciences, and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, among others.
The University of Ghana is the oldest public university in the country, founded in 1948.
University education is the highest level of education, and Ghanaians can choose from one of the 24 public universities in order to pursue their first degrees, masters, and Ph.D.
In this post, we are going to provide brief background information about Ghana’s 24 public universities, including those established by the recent polytechnic act.
List of public universities in ghana
1. The University of Ghana
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of Ghana’s thirteen national public universities, and it is also the most prestigious. It was established in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast in the British colony of the Gold Coast and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which oversaw its academic programs and conferred degrees.
The university is situated on a park-like campus in Legon, which is approximately 12 kilometers from the heart of Accra, the country’s capital. Because of its good reputation, a lot of people from other countries come to study at this university, especially from the United States.
2. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
A world-class academic center of excellence, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is at the forefront of West Africa’s quest for technological growth. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is Ghana’s first public technological institution, and it is also the largest university in the Kumasi Metropolis and the Ashanti Region. It was founded in 1952 and is the country’s second public university.
The university is Africa’s top center of excellence for teaching in science and technology for development, generating graduates of the highest caliber.
3. The University of Cape Coast
The University of Cape Coast is a public collegiate university that offers a variety of academic programs in the historic town of Cape Coast. The school has a rare seaside location and is perched on a hill with a panoramic view of the vast Atlantic Ocean. It has two campuses, the Southern Campus and the Northern Campus, where it operates. Both Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, two of Ghana’s most important historical landmarks, are only a short drive from the university’s campus.
4. CK Tadem University for Technology and Applied Sciences
The CK Tadem University for Technology and Applied Sciences was established in 2020 by the Ghanaian government. The university is located in Navrongo, Upper East, Ghana.
5. University of Education, Winneba
The University of Education, Winneba, is Ghana’s most prestigious teacher education institution. It was founded in order to train professional educators and to undertake important research that will aid in determining the direction in which education and educational policy should be developed in the future.
6. Simon Diedong Dombo University for Business and Integrated Development Studies
The Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies is a public university located in the Upper West Regional capital of Wa, Ghana.
7. Akenten Appiah Menkah University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development
The Akenten Appiah Menka University of Training Skills and Entrepreneur Development (AAMUSTED), sometimes known as AAMUSTED, is a public university in Ghana established in 2020 and offers a variety of courses in entrepreneurship.
The Akenten Appiah Menka University of Training, Skills, and Entrepreneurship Development (AAMUSTED) is located in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi.
8. University for Development Studies
The University for Development Studies, Tamale was founded in 1992 by the Ghanaian government with the goal of speeding up the development of the country’s three northern regions. It is a research-based university that focuses on the study of development.
9. University of Professional Studies
The University of Professional Studies, Accra, originally known as the Institute of Professional Studies and established in 1992, is a state university in Ghana that offers a variety of courses in the field of professional studies. The main campus is located in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
10. The University of Mines and Technology
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) is located in Tarkwa, in Ghana’s Western Region, and was established in 1969. The University of Malta is one of the country’s public universities.
11. The University of Health and Allied Sciences
The Institution of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) is a public university in Ghana’s Volta Region, located in the town of Ho. UHAS is one of Ghana’s newest public universities, having opened its doors in 2011.
Its operations began in September 2012, when the first class of 154 students was admitted to the institution.
12. The University of Energy And Natural Resources
Ghana’s Institution of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) is a public-funded university that was created on December 31, 2011, by an Act of the Parliament of Ghana (Act 830, 2011).
In addition to being a center of expertise in these essential areas, the university is a publicly supported national institution dedicated to providing leadership and management in the fields of energy and natural resources.
As a university, the University takes a broad look at everything from economics to politics to science to management. It also looks at how these things affect energy and natural resources as well as how people and groups interact with them.
13. The University of Environment and Sustainable Development
The University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD-Ghana) is a recently formed university located at Trom-Somanya in the Yilo Krobo area of Ghana. The school was created by the Government of Ghana (GoG) through the Ministry of Education in order to provide equitable “access for all” to higher education opportunities in Ghana. The institution was created as a result of a collaboration between the governments of Ghana and Italy.
14. Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) is a public co-educational university with four campuses (Accra, Tema, Kumasi, and Takoradi) and six schools, as well as ten research centers, all of which are located at Greenhill in Accra, Ghana.
15. Ghana Communication Technology University
Ghana Communication Technology University was once known as Ghana Technology University College and, before that, as Ghana Telecom University College.
Since its founding in 2005, the Ghana College and Technical University has been a public, government-owned university.
This was done when the Public Universities’ Bill was passed in 2020. It changed the name of the university to Ghana Communication Technology University (GCTU).
16. Accra Technical University.
It was established in 1949 as a technical school in Ghana and commissioned in 1957 as Accra Technical Institute, before being upgraded to the status of Technical University in 2013 by the Ghanaian Parliament.
17. Bolgatanga Technical University, BTU
The Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU), also known as the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, is a small public university in the Upper East Region of Ghana, West Africa, that specializes in engineering.
18. Cape Coast Technical University
Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU), which was formerly known as Cape Coast Polytechnic, has gone through many changes over the years. It has gone from a second-cycle institution to a technical university.
19. Kumasi Technical University.
It was once known as Kumasi Polytechnic before becoming Kumasi Technical University. The university is in Ghana’s Ashanti Region and is a public university.
20. Koforidua Technical University
It was converted to university status in 2013. Koforidua Technical University is located in Koforidua, Ghana.
21. Tamale Technical University
The University of Technology in the Northern Region of Ghana is the leading technical institution in the region. Tamale Technical University, which was established more than six decades ago, offers a diverse range of courses, ranging from Second Cycle craft programs to degree programs.
22. Ho Technical University
Ghana’s Technical University (formerly known as Ho Polytechnic) is a public tertiary education school in the Volta Region of the country. In 1968, the Polytechnic was started as a technical school for pre-technical education. Since then, the Polytechnic has become a major player in the region.
By 1972, the institute had made significant advancements and had improved its curricula. In 1986, the institution was elevated to the status of the polytechnic. In 1993, it was upgraded to university status.
23. Takoradi Technical University.
Located in Sekondi-Takoradi, the capital of Ghana’s Western Region, Takoradi Technical University is a public tertiary education school that offers a variety of degree programs. Founded as a government technical institute in 1954, Takoradi Technical University has since grown to become an integral part of the state tertiary education system.
24. Sunyani Technical University
Located in Ghana’s Bono Region, Sunyani Technical University is a government-funded research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is situated northeast of the town of Asufufu.