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Universities in Ghana 2021

This blog post is about the top 5 best universities in Ghana. Ghana is one of the best destinations for many African students when it comes to attaining university education, hence the need for students to know the best universities in Ghana that they can attend.

So, in this post, we will identify the best universities in Ghana for students from other parts for Africa and beyond. Below are the universities we will be discussing:

Top 5 Best Universities in Ghana

  1. Uuniversity of Ghana, Legon ...
  2. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi
  3. University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast
  4. University of Education, Winneba
  5. Ashesi University

Before we talk more about these schools here are some other frequently asked questions in Ghana:

Which University in Ghana has the largest campus?

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is the public university established in the country, as well as the largest university in the Kumasi Metropolis and in the Ashanti Region.

Which Polytechnic is the best in Ghana?

The Accra Technical University is one of the very best polytechnics in Nigeria. The school is a public tertiary institution and the Premier technical university in Ghana. Accra Technical University was formerly known as Accra Polytechnic. The school was the first Technical University to be established.

What is the best law school in Ghana?

The Ghana School of Law is the best law school in Ghana. It was established in 1958, by Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and was the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the leading law school in the Sub-region serving students from other Commonwealth countries in the Sub-region.

Now, let’s get to the list our list of the top 5 best universities in Ghana.

  1. University of Ghana, Legon

The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian national public universities and arguably one of the best universities in Ghana.

It was founded in 1948, in the British colony of the Gold Coast, as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programs and awarded degrees.

After independence in 1957, the college was renamed the University College of Ghana.

It changed its name again to the University of Ghana in 1961, when it gained full university status.

The University of Ghana is situated on the West view of the Accra Legon hills and at the northeast of the centre of Accra, now has various schools, institutions, colleges and departments and has over 40,000 registered students.

The original emphasis on establishing the University of Ghana was on the liberal arts, social sciences, law, basic science, agriculture and medicine.

However, as part of a national educational reform program, the university's curriculum was expanded to provide more technology-based and vocational courses as well as postgraduate training.

The University of Ghana which is mainly based at Legon, about 12 kilometres northeast of the center of Accra has its medical school in the town called Korle-Bu, with a teaching hospital and a secondary/external campus in the city of Accra.

It also has a graduate school of nuclear and Allied Sciences at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, making it one of the few universities on the African continent offering programs in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.

  1. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is a university in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is the public university established in the country, as well as the largest university in the Kumasi Metropolis and in the Ashanti Region.

KNUST has its roots in the plans of the King Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I to establish a university in Kumasi as part of his drive towards modernization of his Ashanti kingdom.

This plan never came to fruition due to the clash between British empire expansion and the desire for King Prempeh I to preserve his Ashanti kingdom's independence.

However, his younger brother and successor, King Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh II, upon ascending to the Golden Stool in 1935, continued with this vision.

Events in the Gold Coast in the 1940s played into his hands.

First there was the establishment of the University College of the Gold Coast.

Secondly, there were the 1948 Accra riots and the consequent Watson Commission report which recommended that a university of sciences be established in Kumasi.

Thus, in 1949, the dream of the Prempeh’s became a reality when building started on what was to be called the Kumasi College of Technology.

  1. University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast

The University of Cape Coast is a public collegiate research university located in Cape Coast, Ghana.

The university was established in 1962 out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education.

It was established to train graduate teachers for second cycle institutions such as teacher training colleges and technical institutions, a mission that the two existing public universities at the time were unequipped to fulfil.

The university has since added to its functions the training of doctors and health care professionals, as well as education planners, administrators, legal professionals, and agriculturalists.

UCC graduates include Ministers of State, High Commissioners, CEOs, and Members of Parliament.

The university, which is five kilometres west of Cape Coast, is on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

It operates on two campuses: The Southern Campus (Old Site) and the Northern Campus (New Site).

Two of the most important historical sites in Ghana, Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, are only a few kilometres from the university.

  1. University of Education, Winneba

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is a University in Winneba, Central Region of Ghana.

It was established in 1992 by a government ordinance (PNDC Law and with a relationship with the University of Cape Coast.

Its main aim is to train teachers for the education system of Ghana.

The University of Education, Winneba is charged with the responsibility of teacher education and producing professional educators to spearhead a new national vision of education aimed at redirecting Ghana's efforts along the path of rapid economic and social development.

The University of Education, Winneba is expected to play a leading role in Ghana's drive to produce scholars whose knowledge would be fully responsive to the realities and exigencies of contemporary Ghana.

The university has twenty-nine academic departments and centres, seven faculties. It also has 18 distance education regional study centres throughout Ghana.

  1. Ashesi University

Ashesi University is a private, non-profit university located in Accra, Ghana.

The mission of Ashesi University is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform the continent.

In 2018, Ashesi University was awarded a Charter by the President of Ghana, granting it full independence as a nationally recognised degree-granting institution.

It was the youngest university to have been granted a Presidential Charter in Ghana's history.

It is a member of the Council of Independent Universities [citation needed], the Association of African Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.


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