Public Universities and Professional Institutions in Ghana

Education in Ghana was mainly informal, and based on apprenticeship before the arrival of European settlers, who built a formal education system addressed to the elites.

With the independence of Ghana in 1957, universal education became an important political objective. The magnitude of the task as well as economic difficulties and political instabilities have slowed down attempted reforms.

The Education Act in 1987, followed by the Constitution of 1992, gave a new impulse to educational policies in the country. In 2011, the primary school net enrollment rate was 84%, described by UNICEF as “far ahead” of the Sub-Saharan average.

In its 2013-14 report, the World Economic Forum ranked Ghana 46th out of 148 countries for education system quality. In 2010, Ghana’s literacy rate was 71.5%, with a notable gap between men (78.3%) and women (65.3%).

The guardian newspaper disclosed in April 2015 that 90% of children in Ghana were enrolled in school, ahead of countries like Pakistan and Nigeria at 72% and 64% respectively.

Tertiary education in Ghana has been notably growing during the last twenty years, both in terms of enrollment and infrastructures.

A substantial part of this development come from the private sector.

Universities offer an academic education, from bachelor to Phd. Students are admitted based on their performance at the W.A.S.S.C.E (West African Senior School Certificate Examination): A maximum of 24 points is generally required in order to apply to a Bachelor degree program.

A bachelor degree is usually completed after four years of majoring in a specific field of interest. Master degrees are of two sorts: A one year program, concluded with a final paper based on a literature study, or a two year program, concluded with a final paper based on one year of independent research. Both can lead to a Phd, usually achieved in 3 years within a doctoral programme.

There are nine public universities in Ghana with and eight technical universities. The yet to be upgraded to technical university are Wa Polytechnic and Bolgatanga Polytechnic.

Below is the list of all the public universities and technical universities in Ghana.

University of GhanaLegon, Greater Accra
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyKumasi, Ashanti
University of Cape CoastCape Coast, Central
University of EducationWinneba, Central
University of Development StudiesTamale, Northern
University of Professional StudiesMadina, Accra
University of Mines and TechnologyTarkwa, Western
University of Health and Allied SciencesHo, Volta
University of Energy and Natural ResourcesSunyani, Brong Ahafo
Accra Technical UniversityAccra, Greater Accra
Cape Coast Technical UniversityCape Coast, Central Region
Sunyani Technical UniversitySunyani, Brong Ahafo Region
Takoradi Technical UniversityTakoradi, Western
Ho Technical UniversityHo, Volta
Tamale Technical UniversityTamale, Northern
Kumasi Technical UniversityKumasi, Ashanti
Koforidua Technical UniversityKoforidua, Eastern

There are also public professional institutions and training centres. Below is a table of them all and their locations. If you plan to attend any of these, you can visit their websites to find out all the information about the programs offered by the institutions.

Name of InstituteRegion of Location
Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff CollegeAccra,Greater Accra
Ghana Institute of JournalismAccra, Greater Accra
Ghana Institute of LanguagesAccra, Greater Accra
Ghana Institute of Management and Public AdministrationAccra, Greater Accra
Ghana Institute of Surveying and MappingAccra, Greater Accra
Institution of Local Government StudiesLegon, Accra
Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training CentreTeshie, Greater Accra
National Film and Television Institute Accra, Greater Accra



References: World Bank, Guardian, wikipedia