University for Development Studies

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University for Development Studies
UDS Seal
Arms of the University for Development Studies
Motto Knowledge for Service[1]
Established 1992
Type Public
Chancellor vacant
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Haruna Yakubu
Location Tamale, Northern Region, Ghana
Campus Suburban area
(Tamale, Nyankpala, Wa, Navrongo)
Black, Mantis, Bottle Green and White
University for Development Studies (UDS) logo.png

The University for Development Studies, Tamale was established in 1992 as a multi-campus institution. It is the fifth public university to be established in Ghana. This deviates from the usual practice of having universities with central campuses and administrations. It was created with the three northern regions of North Ghana in mind. These are the Northern Region, Upper East Region and the Upper West Region.


Entrance of the Central Administration block

Faculty of Planning and Land Management[edit]

  • Department of Community Development
  • Department of Planning and Management
  • Department of Real Estate and Land management

Faculty of Agriculture[edit]

  • Department of Agricultural Mechanization and Irrigation Technology
  • Department of Agricultural Extension and Farm Management
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Home Sciences
  • Department of Horticulture
  • Department of Renewable Natural Resources

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences[edit]

(To be established at the University for Development Studies' Kintampo Campus)

Faculty of Applied Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Mathematical Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Integrated Development[edit]

  • Department of Economics & Entrepreneurship Development
  • Department of Environmental & Resource Studies
  • Department of Social, Political & Historical Studies
  • Department of Planning, Land Economy and Rural Development
  • Department of Communication studies
  • Department of Business Studies

School of Medicine and Health Sciences (faculty)[edit]

Entrance of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences block

(The first batch of students were admitted in 1997)

Faculty of Horticulture[edit]

(To be established at the University for Development Studies)


Third Trimester Field Practical Programme[edit]

One of the unique features of the University is the fact that it has successfully blended it's academic programmes with intensive community –based field practical training, dubbed the Third Trimester Practical Programme (TTFPP). A whole of the third Trimester is devoted solely to practical field work in the local communities. Students of a given year group identify a specific region, and in smaller groups live and interact with the people in the local communities during each third trimester for a period of three years. Since its inception in 1993, the programme quality has improved over the years to the extent that in the 2002/2003 academic year, the University embarked on an integrated approach to the field practical training.

This significant modification entails the combination of students from all the faculties: Agriculture, Integrated Development Studies; Applied Science and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This integrated approach is informed by the growing awareness of the holistic approach to the solution of development problems of the deprived communities, which the School has positioned itself to serve. This Integrated approach would therefore enable students to appreciate community problems and opportunities in a holistic manner through the perception and appreciation of such problems from various angles, secondly, the integration will help broaden the knowledge and experience of students, as they would have the opportunity to interact and learn from each other. It will also foster in them the spirit of team work, which is very essential for work in a world that is becoming increasingly complex and requiring collective efforts to overcome challenges.

In consonance with the vision of the university, the integrated TTFPP will continue to be a community-centered and entails a three year active and constructive interaction between the University and the communities to work towards the solution of their development problems.

General Objectives[edit]

This community-technical interface is aimed at:

  • Promoting active and constructive interactions of both students and staff with the local communities to facilitate socio-economic transformation;
  • Exposing both students and lecturers, practically, to the nexus of development problems of deprived communities in Ghana and particularly in Northern Ghana;
  • Fostering favorable attitudes in students towards working in Deprived communities;
  • Supporting the District Assemblies, Local communities and other development actors to implement and sustain the government’s decentralization and other pro-poor programmes;
  • Placing the University in a better position to provide useful services through the exchange of knowledge and its application to address the intractable development needs and aspirations of these communities;
  • Informing the ongoing research, teaching and learning activities of the University, which are designed to meet the development needs of local communities.

List of Vice Chancellors[edit]

  • Prof. R.B Bening Pioneer Vice Chancellor (1992 – 2001)
  • Prof G.W.K Mensah (Acting Vice Chancellor) (2001 – 2002)
  • Prof. John Bonaventure Kubongpwa Kaburise (April 8, 2002 – April 7, 2007)
  • Prof. Nokoe (Acting Vice Chancellor) (April 2007 – 30 June 2010)[2]
  • Prof. Haruna Yakubu (June 1, 2010 – Present)[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission & Vision". Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  2. ^ "UDS improved tremendously - Kaburise". General News of Friday, 6 July 2007 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  3. ^ "WHO'LL BE KNUST V.C.?". General News of Thursday, 6 July 2007 (The Ghanaian Times Home Page). Retrieved 2010-04-15. 


Coordinates: 9°22′26″N 0°53′03″W / 9.3738°N 0.8843°W / 9.3738; -0.8843