Higher Education in Ghana: Overview [fr]

According to the National Accreditation Board (as of Dec. 2017), there are some 150 higher education institutions in Ghana. These include:

Public Universities

10 Public universities whose leadership subscribe to the consortium of Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) chaired in 2018 by Mr Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice Chancellor of UDS Tamale.
The top three largest of these universities host between 30,000 to 50,000 students every year.

Ghana’s 10 public universities
University of Ghana (UG) Greater Accra Accra, Legon Link
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Ashanti Kumasi Link
University of Cape Coast (UCC) Central Cape Coast Link
University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) Volta Ho Link
University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Central Winneba Link
University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) Western Tarkwa Link
University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) Brong-Ahafo Sunyani Link
University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Greater Accra Accra Link
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Greater Accra Accra, Greenhill Link
University for Development Studies (UDS) Northern Tamale Link

Public Professional Institutes

4 Public Professional Institutes: Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana Institute of Language, Institute of Local Government Studies, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

Chartered Private Tertiary Institutions

5 Chartered Private Tertiary Institutions: These are autonomous private universities that have acquired the legal authority to award their own degrees without an affiliation to a Ghanaian public university. These include Ashesi University, which has partnerships with France, Central University, Trinity Theological Seminary, Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture; and, Valley View University.

Technical Universities and Polytechnics

11 Polytechnics: One public institution in each regional capital: Accra, Bolgatanga, Cape Coast, Ho, Koforidua, Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale, Wa—eight among them have been converted into Technical Universities since 2017—as well as one private polytechnic (Archbishop Porter Girls Polytechnic).

Colleges of Education and Nursing Training

43 Colleges of Education which train primary and secondary school teachers. 41 are public, of which the most popular is « Mount Mary » and two are private.

6 Nursing Training Colleges (including the 37 Military Hospital in Accra), the other are undergoing reaccreditation by the National Accreditation Board (as of October 2018).

Private Universities

71 Private universities are mostly denominational (Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Catholic, Islamic, etc.) but all offering programmes in finance, accounting and administration. They are of varying sizes and are all affiliated to a public university for the award of degrees. They have experienced strong growth in patronage since 2000.

In 2016, 420,000 students were enrolled in all these higher education institutions, 20% of whom were enrolled in private institutions. Ghana is also an important destination in the sub-region for higher education

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Dernière modification : 07/01/2019

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