University of Cape Coast

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University of Cape Coast
CCU Seal
Arms of the University of Cape Coast
Motto Latin: Veritas Nobis Lumen[1]
Motto in English Truth, Our Guide[1]
Established 1962
Type Public
Chairman His Lordship Justice A. K. B. Ampiah (Rtd.)
Chancellor Sam E. Jonah, ACSM, KBE
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Domwini Dabire Kuupole
Location Cape Coast, Central Region, Ghana
5°06′13″N 1°16′57″W / 5.1036°N 1.2825°W / 5.1036; -1.2825Coordinates: 5°06′13″N 1°16′57″W / 5.1036°N 1.2825°W / 5.1036; -1.2825
Campus Suburban area
International Klein Blue, White, Aureolin and Vermilion
Nickname Cape Vars
(University of Choice)
University of Cape Coast (UCC) logo.jpg

The University of Cape Coast is a university in Ghana. The university was established in 1962 out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education and was affiliated to the University of Ghana. 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 universities were unequipped to fulfill. Since its establishment, the university has added to its functions the training of education planners, administrators, agriculturalists and health care professionals. In pursuance of its mission, the university restructured its degree program from BA, BSc and BEd in education to B.A/BSc with non-education content and a BEd, a professional qualification in Education.

The university now offers courses in BA, B.Com, BEd, BSc, LLB, MA, MBA, MEd, MSc, MPhil, MBChB, OD, and PhD.

The campus[edit]

University Library complex
Large Lecture Theatre
Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre
Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre
Crocodile at the Zoo

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.


The University of Cape Coast today is organised into eight faculties:

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Department of African Studies
  • Department of Classics and Philosophy
  • Department of English
  • Department of French
  • Department of Ghanaian Languages
  • Department of History
  • Department of Music & Dance
  • Department of Religious and Human Values
  • Department of theatre & Film Studies [2]

Faculty of Education[edit]

  • Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education
  • Department of Educational Foundations
  • Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  • Department of Primary Education
  • Department of Science and Mathematics Education
  • Department of Vocational and Technical Education
  • Centre for Research on Improving Quality of Primary Education in Ghana
  • Centre for Continuing Education (Distance Education)
  • Institute for Educational Planning and Administration
  • Institute of Education [3]

Institute of Education[edit]

  • Research and Publications Unit
  • Outreach Unit
  • Examinations and Assessment Unit [4]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

School of Agriculture[edit]

School of Biological Sciences[edit]

School of Physical Sciences[edit]

Science Yard, Faculty of Science, Northern Campus
  • Department of Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Department of Environmental Science
  • Department of Laboratory Technology
  • Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Department of Optometry
  • Department of Physics
  • Computer Centre
  • African Virtual University[8]

The Department of Optometry, established in 2002, was the first institution in Ghana to award the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree, a six-year course.

Business School[edit]

  • Department of Accounting and finance
  • Department of Management Studies [9]

School of Medical Sciences[edit]

The University started a Law School in the 2012/2013 Academic year.

Also the Business School will see the introduction of Bachelor of Supply Chain management by 2012/2013 academic year.

Centre for International education[edit]

The University of Cape Coast runs an international student exchange programme with participants from Europe, North America, and other African countries. International students are fully integrated into student and campus life and receive full credit on successful completion of their studies at UCC.

Halls of residence[edit]

  • Oguaa Hall(monkey kingdom)
  • Atlantic Hall (Marine City)
  • Adehye Hall
  • Casely Hayford Hall (Casford)
  • Kwame Nkrumah Hall
  • Valco Hall (Industrial city)
  • School of Medical Sciences (SMS) Hall
  • School of Business Guest House
  • Valco Postgraduate Hostel (Graduate Hostel)
  • Students Representative Council (SRC) Hall
  • Presidential Special Initiative (PSI) HALL

The university has a number of private hostels:

  • Ghana Hostels LTD (SSNIT Hostel)
  • Hamglor hostel
  • Juliborn hostel
  • Maxbeck Hostel
  • Ameley
  • Sir Ken's Hall
  • Jodok
  • Excellence
  • Ayensu Plaza Hostel
  • Shallom Tent
  • Success City
  • The Nest Hostel
  • Sammy Otu
  • Sassakawa Chalets
  • Peace Hostel
  • Oye Inn Hostel
  • Flash Point Hostel
  • Baduwa Memorial Hostel
  • Alumni Hostel Complex
  • Baasand Royal Executive Hostel
  • Edie bee hostel
  • Ostrich Hostel
  • God's Love Hostel
  • Offeibea Hostel
  • Saaba Hawk Hostel

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About UCC". Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Faculty of Arts". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Faculty of Education". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Institute of Education". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Faculty of Social Sciences". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "School of Agriculture". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "School of Biological Sciences". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "School of Physical Sciences". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "School of Business". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "School of Medical Sciences". UCC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 

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