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University of Ghana
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Arms of the University of Ghana
Motto Integri Procedamus[1]
Established 1948
Type Public
Chairman Justice Date-Baah

Kofi Annan[2]

Kut (Student)
Vice-Chancellor Ernest Aryeetey
Students 38,000
Location Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
05°39′03″N 00°11′13″W / 5.65083°N 0.18694°W / 5.65083; -0.18694
Campus Suburban area
Colours Midnight Blue, Lemon Yellow and Vegas Gold
Nickname Legon
Affiliations See below
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The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian universities and tertiary institutions.It is also the premier University in Ghana It was founded in 1948[3] as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London,[4] which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961,[4] and now has nearly 40,000 students.

The original emphasis was on the liberal arts, social sciences, basic science, agriculture, and medicine, but (partly as the result of a national educational reform programme) the curriculum was expanded to provide more technology-based and vocational courses and postgraduate training.

The university is mainly based at Legon, about twelve kilometres northeast of the centre of Accra. The medical school is in Korle Bu, with a teaching hospital and secondary 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 Africa continent offering programmes in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.

The Balme Library[edit]

Main article: The Balme Library
Main entrance to the Balme Library

The library is located on the main campus of the University.

College of Health Sciences[edit]

There are four faculties, one school and one research institute under this college.[5]

Medical School

  • Department of Anaesthesia
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Chemical Pathology
  • Department of Child Health
  • Department of Community Health
  • Department of Haematology
  • Department of Medical Biochemistry
  • Department of Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Radiology
  • Department of Surgery

University of Ghana Dental School

  • Department of Biomaterials Science
  • Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology
  • Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery
  • Department of Orthodontics & Pedodontics
  • Department of Public Health Dentistry
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry
  • Department of Biomedical sciences

School of Allied Health Sciences

  • Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Radiography
  • Department of Dietetics

School of Nursing This is located on the Legon campus though its students receive practical training at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

School of Pharmacy

College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
  • Department of Agricultural Mechanization
  • Department of Agricultural Extension
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Science)
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Crop Science
  • Department of Veterinary medicine (the university has recently established a school for veterinary medicine)
  • Agricultural Research Station - Kade
  • Agricultural Research Station - Kpong
  • Agricultural Research Station - Nungua

Other faculties[edit]

There are six faculties outside the above colleges.

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Department of Classics
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Modern Languages (Arabic, Spanish, Swahili, French, German and Chinese)
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department for the Study of Religions (The department coordinates the affiliations with five seminaries / theological colleges[6])
  • School of Performing Arts
    • Department of Theater Arts
    • Department of Music
    • Department of Dance

Faculty of Social Studies[edit]

Department of Economics of University of Ghana
  • Department of Archaeology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Geography & Resource Development
  • Department of Global and Cultural Studies (currently in the testing phase)
  • Department of History
  • Department of Information Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Social Work

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Mines
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Telecom
  • Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science (formally Zoology)
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Earth Science (formerly Department of Geology)
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Nutrition & Food Science
  • Department of Oceanography & Fisheries
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology
  • School of Nuclear And Allied Sciences (postgraduate training only; campus at the Ghana Atomic Agency Corporation)

University of Ghana Business School[edit]

The University of Ghana Business School was established as the College of Administration by Executive Instrument – (E.I.127) at Achimota, Accra in January, 1960. It started business on 22 January 1960, on the old Western Compound of Achimota with the old Department of Commerce of the Kumasi College of Technology, established in 1952, (now KNUST) as its nucleus. The School was renamed School of Administration (SOA) and University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) in 1962 and 2004 respectively.

Before the School was departmentalized in 2004, there were only (4) four Units namely

Accounting Unit
Management Unit
Public Administration Unit
Health Services Administration Unit

The School’s name was launched in 2004 with the six departments in place.

  • Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting Studies is probably the most revered and accomplished department of the School. The department has been in existence since the inception of the School at Kumasi College of Technology where it was called the Department of Commerce. It has grown in stature since moving from the Western Compound of Achimota to Legon campus.

  • Department of Banking and Finance

The Department of Finance and Banking was formally under the Department of Management Studies. The new department of Finance and Banking was culled out from the Management Department. Under this department had evolved the Insurance and entrepreneurial studies. Recent trend in the School can testify that it has the greatest patronage.

  • Department of Marketing and consumer studies

The Department of Marketing and Customer Management was also culled out from the Management Department. The evolution of the course has necessitated a change in its original name to Department of Marketing and Customer Management.

  • Department of Operations & Management Information Systems (OMIS)

The Department was also culled out from the Management Unit under a Co-ordinator. When it was departmentalized in 2004 its name was changed to Department of Operations and Management Information Systems. Since it is a new option in the School the students greatly patronize it. The School can boast of two well stocked computer laboratories for both undergraduates and graduate students.

  • Department of Organization & Human Resources Management (OHRM)

The Department of Organization and Human Resource Management was under the Management Unit of the School until the Departmentalization of the School took place in 2004.

  • Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM)

The Public Administration Unit and the Health Services Management Unit were separately on their own and were headed by Co-ordinators. The two units were put together in 2004 when the School decided to departmentalize. The School felt the two units were smaller and decided to merge the two under its new name Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management.

Faculty of Law[edit]

The Faculty of Law was first established as a department of the Faculty of Social Studies in the 1958/59 academic year and became a full-fledged faculty in the 1960/61 academic year. The faculty has decided to make law a post-first degree programme. From the 2012/2013 academic year, the university will admit fresh SHS students into the LLB first-degree programme but will retain the post-first degree programme. Thus the university will have two entry means to the Faculty of Law.

Faculty of Engineering Sciences[edit]

The faculty of Engineering Sciences, established in 2004 with about 40 students graduated its first batch of students in 2008.The faculty is currently organized into 5 Engineering programmes:

  • Department of Food Process Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Department of Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Material Science and Engineering
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering

Institutes and schools[edit]

Institute of African Studies of University of Ghana
  • Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research

ISSER was established in 1962 as the Institute of Statistics to provide a programme of teaching and research in statistics. In 1969, it was reorganized and renamed the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic research with an expanded mandate to conduct research in the social sciences in order to generate solutions for national development ISSER currently serves as the research wing of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ghana and engages in a number of policy relevant research whose findings are intended to help policy makers on the best policy decisions to make for national development.

The Institute of African Studies was established in 1961 as a semi autonomous Institute within the University of Ghana, and formally opened in October 1963 by the first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. The Institute of African Studies is located on the main Legon campus of the University of Ghana. The Institute has an old site and a new site. The New Site, 100 meters from the main entrance to the Legon campus, houses the Institute's administration and the offices of most of its faculty members.

The Old Site houses the Institute's Library, Printing Unit, Publications Unit and Store, Offices for the Ghana Dance Ensemble and the International Centre for Music and Dance, as well as offices of a some international programmes.

  • Institute of Continuing and Distance Education

The Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana was established originally as the Department of Extra-Mural Studies in 1948, the Institute provides university-based adult education through its branches and Workers’ Colleges throughout the country.

  • Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
  • Regional Institute for Population Studies

The Regional Institute for Populations Studies (RIPS) is a research and training institute at the University of Ghana. A joint initiative between the United Nations and Government of Ghana, RIPS was set up in 1972 to train demographers in Africa and undertake research in population sciences.

  • School of Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies (SCS) was established in 1972 as the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In 1974 the name of the School was changed to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Then in 1985, it became known as the School of Communication Studies to reflect a wide variety of media-related courses that had been introduced into the School’s curriculum.

  • School of Graduate Studies

Established in 1962 initially as the Graduate Studies Centre, and later as the School of Research and Graduate Studies, the School of Graduate Studies as it is now known has responsibility for coordinating all graduate level programmes in the University. It also serves as the repository for all records on graduate students.

  • School of Performing Arts:[7]

The School of Performing Arts which used to be known as the School of Music and Drama was established in October, 1962 as a section in the Institute of African Studies. The School at this time was made up of two units, Music and Drama which evolved into the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies in 1972.In the year 1977, the School changed its name to School of Performing Arts but was still under African Studies till October, 1978 when it became autonomous.
It has the following the departments:

    • Department of Theatre Arts
    • Department of Music
    • Department of Dance Studies
    • Abibigromma Theatre Company
  • Institute of Environmental and sanitation sciences[8]

At the Special Congregation marking the 60th Anniversary of the University of Ghana in 2008, the President of Ghana announced a gift from the government of Ghana to the University of Ghana of sixty million Ghana Cedis to be provided over a ten year period. Half of this amount i.e., thirty million Ghana Cedis was to be used to create an Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies (IESS). The new Institute was created following Council ratification of an Academic Board decision on 7 March 2010 which accepted a report of a committee set-up to examine the modalities and operation of the proposed institute.

  • School of Nuclear and Allied Science(Campus at GAEC)*
    • Nuclear and Environmental Protection
    • Applied Nuclear Physics
    • Computational Nuclear Science and Engineering
    • Nuclear Agriculture
    • Nuclear Radiochemistry
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Radiation Processing
    • Radiation Protection

Research and learning Centres[edit]

  • Centre of Excellence for Global Environmental Change Research.
  • Centre for Social Policy Analysis
  • Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
  • Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Centre for Migration
  • International Centre for African Music and Dance
  • Centre for Tropical Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Centre for Biotechnology Research
  • Centre for African Wetlands
  • Language Centre
  • West African Centre for Crop Improvement
  • The United Nations University for Natural Resources in Africa
  • Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy(CEGENSA)
  • Regional Training Centre for Archivists
  • Ecological laboratory
  • Legon Botanical Gardens
  • The Ghana Herbarium
  • Centre for African Foods
  • Centre for West African foods
  • Centre for International foods
  • Centre for Ghana foods
  • African Regional centre for training in postgraduate insect science

The University of Ghana in the Arts[edit]

The university has appeared in several films and television advertisements and is arguably the most featured university campus in movies in Africa. The television series Sun City has a lot of scenes of the university. The name of the university has also on several occasions formed part of the lyrics of artists in Ghana, musicians including Sarkodie ("Legon Girls"), Buk Bak ("Klu blofo"), Kwadei ("Wutatami") and Okordii ("Four years in Legon"). Almost invariably these lyrics describe the intelligence, eloquence and attractiveness of the students of the university. A large number of former students of the university are among the most celebrated musicians and actors in Ghana, reflecting the fact that the university has one of the most successful school of performing arts on African continent.

Workers' colleges[edit]

The university has these facilities in the various regions where it runs a variety of programmes, including degree courses.[9] Awudome College has residential facilities that enable short courses over weekends and other durations to be run there.

  • Accra Workers’ College, (now Accra City campus) Accra
  • Awudome Residential Workers’ College, Tsito
  • Bolgatanga Workers’ College, Bolgatanga
  • Cape Coast Workers’ College, Cape Coast
  • Ho Workers’ College, Ho
  • Koforidua Workers’ College, Koforidua
  • Kumasi Workers’ College, Kumasi
  • Takoradi Workers’ College, Sekondi-Takoradi
  • Tamale Workers’ College, Tamale
  • Tema Workers’ College, Tema
  • Sunyani Workers’ College, Sunyani
  • Wa Workers’ College, Wa

Halls of residence[edit]

Each Hall consists of junior members (students) and senior members (academic and senior administrative and professional staff), and is managed by a Council comprising members elected by persons belonging to the Hall. The Master (or Warden, in the case of Volta Hall) is the Head of the Hall. Each Hall has Junior and Senior Common Rooms for students and Faculty, respectively. A tutorial system offers an opportunity for counseling students and ensuring their welfare at both academic and social levels. Students maintain interaction with each other and the wider community through recognized clubs and societies. Each Hall has a kitchen and a dining hall to cater for students' feeding. Chapels and a mosque are also available for use by various religious denominations. A Chaplaincy Board co-ordinates the activities of religious groups. Social life on the campus is organised mainly by the Students' Representative Council and the Junior Common Room Committees which provide various kinds of social programmes.

Legon Hall (Ladies and Gentlemen)[edit]

Legon Hall was the first to be built on the permanent site of the University of Ghana at Legon and is, therefore, the premier Hall of the university. Its foundation tablet was laid during the Michaelmas Term of 1951 and, in September 1952, the first undergraduates were accepted into residence. On Trinity Sunday, 31 May 1953, the first service was held in the Chapel and the first meal served in the Dining Hall. From these events, the Hall took Trinity Sunday every year as its birthday, celebrated by a common "Feast" for both its Junior and Senior Members. The Hall's motto, Cui Datum ("To whom much is given..."), was selected from St. Luke's Gospel, in recognition of the special responsibility attached to the Hall's seniority. Senior Members of the University may be assigned as Fellows of the Hall by the Vice Chancellor and they usually keep their Fellowship for as long as they remain with the University. Persons of academic distinction outside the university may be elected as Honorary Fellows at a General Meeting of Fellows. The rest of the membership of the Hall is made up of persons in statu pupillari. The governing body of the Hall is the Hall Council, members of which are Fellows of the Hall. The principal Hall Officers are: The Master, the Vice-Master, the President of the Senior Common Room, the Senior Tutor, and the Hall Bursar. The Hall was converted into a mixed Hall of Residence in October 1991.

Akuafo Hall (The Farmers)[edit]

Akuafo Hall was established with the appointment of Professor D. A. Taylor, a Master-designate and a Hall Council in 1953. The Hall Council in 1954 decided to name the Hall Akuafo to commemorate the generous gesture of the farmers of Ghana in giving money for the foundation of the University College. A crest depicting a cocoa tree, an open book and a drum, designed by Professor W. J. McCallien, and a motto, laboremus et sapiamus, suggested by Professor L. H. Ofosu-Appiah, were adopted by the Council. A commemorative plaque with a Latin inscription composed by Professor L. H. Ofosu-Appiah was set up to show the gratitude of the Hall to the country's farmers, and to the British government who gave the University College funds for the building of the Hall. The Hall was officially opened on 17 February 1956, but the first students, numbering 131, came into residence on 5 October 1955. The Hall has its own statutes governing the election of officers and the administration of its affairs. Once a year, the Master has to convene a meeting of the Fellows, who form the governing body, to receive his annual report. The Senior Common Room is open to all Fellows and their guests, and the Senior Combination Room to all senior members of the University. Senior Members may also invite students to the Combination Room. The Hall was converted into a mixed Hall of Residence in October 1991. The hall has four annexes now, Annex A through D, located at the southern part of the hall, adjacent to the Central cafetaria.

Commonwealth Hall (The V.A.N.D.A.Ls)[edit]

The first batch of students was admitted into residence in Commonwealth Hall at the beginning of the 1956-1957 academic year. In the Lent Term of that academic year, Ghana attained its independence from Great Britain, and the Hall, hitherto known as the Third Hall, was officially christened Commonwealth Hall to commemorate Ghana's admission into the Commonwealth of Nations. The official opening of the Hall was performed in March 1957. It is the only all-male Hall of Residence in the university. The motto of the Hall, "Truth Stands", was taken from a quotation from "Satyre" by John Donne (1572–1631):

"On a huge hill, cragged, and steep,
Truth stands and hee that will Reach her,
about must, and about must goe."

The motto invokes both the physical situation of the Hall (on a hillside overlooking most of the university and beyond) and the proper pursuit of a university education, the search for truth. It is the only Hall of Residence in the university that has a theatre and amphitheatre for lectures and plays. The coat of arms of the Hall depicts the strength and unity of purpose of members of the Hall deriving from the bonds of association enjoyed by the individual members of the Hall. High Commissioners of the Commonwealth countries in Ghana are accorded Honorary Membership of the Hall. There is a Hall Council that administers the affairs of the Hall, assisted by the Tutorial Board and the Senior Common Room Committee.

Volta Hall (Ladies with Vision and Style)[edit]

Volta Hall started as the Fourth Hall in the 1959-60 academic year, on 16 November 1960. The University College Council, on the recommendation of the Hall Council, named it Volta Hall. The Hall consists of the main hall, originally designed to accommodate 82 students, and an annex with an original capacity for accommodating 198 students, the occupation of which began in January 1966. The motto of the Hall, chosen during the Hall's tenth anniversary celebrations, is (in the Akan language): Akokobere Nso Nyim Adekyee. This means that the secret or knowledge of life and nature is a gift to women as it is to men. The Hall has a governing body that comprises all the Fellows assigned to it and those elected by the assigned Fellows. The government of the Hall rests with this body, which delegates some of its powers to a Hall Council. The Hall Council consists of ten members, including the Warden, the Deputy Warden, the Senior Tutor and the Bursar who are ex-officio members. The day-to-day administration of the Hall is carried out by the Warden with the help of the Senior Tutor, who deals with all students' affairs, and the Bursar.

Mensah Sarbah Hall (The Vikings)[edit]

Mensah Sarbah Hall, the fifth Hall of the university, stands in the southern part of the campus, and consists of a main hall built around a quadrangle and a number of annexes standing to the north and east. The last two south annexes are attached to the Hall. Until October 1991, Mensah Sarbah was the only co-ed Hall of Residence in the university, which made it quite unique among the Halls. The governing body of the Hall is the Council, which is responsible to the full body of Fellows who form the Senate. Students' affairs are handled by students' own elected government headed by a president, while the general administration of the Hall is under the Master who is assisted by the Senior Tutor and Tutors on the one hand and the Bursar on the other. Other Hall Officers are the Chaplain, who is responsible for the Roman Catholic Chapel, the Prayer Room Warden, who is responsible for the Protestant Chapel, and the Librarian. Senior Common Room affairs are managed by an elected committee under the President of the Senior Common Room. The Hall is named after the famous Ghanaian jurist, writer and statesman, John Mensah Sarbah of Cape Coast. It has been customary for the Hall to celebrate his birthday every year. This anniversary is known as Sarbah Day and is highlighted by a dinner and a get-together. The Hall has a crest designed to bring out the principal features of Mensah Sarbah's life. It consists of three elements: a pair of scales, a stool with a book resting upon it, and a hill surmounted by a castle. The scale signifies the legal profession, the stool and the book symbolise culture while the hill and the castle are intended to depict the familiar landscape of Cape Coast with its many hills and forts. At the same time, the castle is intended to symbolise strength and honour. The Hall's motto is: Knowledge, Honour, Service - three words that aptly summarise the guiding principles of Mensah Sarbah's life.

Jubilee Hall (alumni hall)[edit]

Jubilee Hall, located on the southern part of the campus, adjacent to the International Students’ Hostel, was built to commemorate the university’s Golden Jubilee celebration in 1998. Modelled after Akuafo Hall, one of the traditional Halls of the University, and funded mainly by the alumni of the University, the Hall is a group of four multi-purpose blocks containing single study bedrooms, self-contained flats and double rooms. Facilities in the Hall include common rooms, libraries and restaurants. There are rooms suitable for disabled students.

The university has built four new halls, which were commissioned in 2011:

Alexander Kwapong Hall[edit]

This is one of the newly created Halls named after Professor Alexander Kwapong a former Pro Vice Chancellor and Chairman of Council of State.[10]

Jean Nelson Hall[edit]

The hall is one of the four newly created halls on the University of Ghana campus. It was named after the first Ghanaian Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Jean Nelson Aka. It was inaugurated in July, 2011 by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey. Its emblem shows a candle, a book and a pen to symbolize perseverance. It was designed by a final year Physics-Computer Science major student, Raymond Sung-Seh Harrison. The motto of the hall, "Lux In Tenebris" which is Latin for "Light In Darkness" was suggested by Raymond's mate at the time, a lady by the name Muna Twerefour". The emblem was officially adopted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Hilla Limann Hall[edit]

This is the first of the University of Ghana Enterprise Limited (UGEL) Hostels to be completed. It was inaugurated in July 2010[11] during which the Vice-Chancellor announced the decision to name it after Dr. Hilla Limann, a former President of the Republic of Ghana. As Senior Members of the University may be assigned as Fellows of the Hall by the Vice Chancellor, Students assigned/affiliated to the Hall form the Junior members. The Head of Hall, Senior Tutor and fellow tutors as a body helps with the governing of the Hall. The Hall continue to appreciate the efforts of Mrs. Alexina Arthur (First Ag. Head of Hall) and Dr. Martin Oteng-Ababio (First Senior Tutor) for their countless contributions to the Hall. The enviable accolade of students’ leadership of the Hall started with Master Isaac Inkoom, a Bachelor of Science in Administration student from the prestigious University of Ghana Business School. Sanctioned to ensure the creation of students governance structures at a General Hall gathering, his selfless efforts was recognised as students voted him as the First President/Executive administrator of the Hall's Junior Common Room (J.C.R.). Other members of the First J.C.R. included: Barbara Afeti, BSc. Administration (Vice President); Emmanuel Addae, B.A. (Financial Secretary); Belko Mohamed, B.A. (General Secretary); Daniel Asare Larbi, B.A. (Organizing Secretary) and Louise Kotame, BSc. Agric. Science, (Sports Secretary). In addition are Reginald Arthur, BSc. Administration (First Speaker of Knesset); Oliver Hor, LLB (Chief Justice) and Michael Asare (Electoral Commissioner). The structures of the First J.C.R. most of which were administrative, have been acknowledged by the University Community and has served as References to the other younger Halls of the University.

Elizabeth Sey Hall[edit]

This the second one of the four newest Halls built by University of Ghana Enterprise Limited (UGEL) Hostels to be completed. It was inaugurated in July 2010 it was named after the first female graduate of the university Elizabeth Sey.

Africa Union Hall Hall[edit]

This was formerly called Pentagon built by SSNIT

James Topp Nelson Yankah Hall[edit]

James Topp Nelson Yankah Hall formerly know as TF Hostel.[12]

Bani Hall[edit]

This was initially a private hostel which was later turned into a Hall after the tenancy agreement with the University had elapsed.

Evandy Hall[edit]

Evandy Hall was formerly Evandy Hostel and this was turned into a Hall after the tenancy agreement with the University elapsed hence handing ownership to the University authorities,

University of Ghana hostels[edit]

  • International Students' Hostel (I and II)

The International Student’s Hostels are located on the southern part of the campus off the road to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. The first phase was commissioned in June 1999 and the second in January 2006. The Hostels are co-educational and each has 43 single rooms and 85 double rooms. In addition, there are facilities such as a well-fortified security system, kitchenettes and restaurants.

  • Valco Trust Hostel

The idea to build a graduate hostel was first nurtured when Legon Hall Annex C was prepared exclusively for graduate students of the Hall. The quest for a suitable accommodation for graduate students gained attention when Valco Trust Fund offered to finance the construction of a graduate hostel. As a further boost to this course, Legon Hall Annex C was converted into an Annex of the Hostel. The Valco Trust Hostel, donated to the University by the Valco Trust Fund to ease pressure on student accommodation, is a block of purpose-built, self-contained flats for 190 students. The Hostel, which was completed in June 1997, is the University’s first hostel for graduate students. A second block with similar facilities was opened in January 2006. Located behind Mensah Sarbah Hall on the southern part of the campus, the flats are arranged in single and double study bedrooms with en suite shower and toilet. There is a shared kitchen for every twelve rooms. Facilities in the hostels include common rooms, washrooms and a restaurant.

Private hostels on campus[edit]

  • SSNIT Hostels (Ghana Hostels also known as Pentagon)[13]

Bank, postal and other services[edit]

Ghana Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank,Cal Bank, HFC Bank and Ecobank Ghana have branches on the Legon campus, providing services to students, staff and people living around the campus. Apart from the Internal Mail Office, which facilitates postal services within the university, there is a branch of the national postal service (Ghana Post) on campus. Other banks with no branches like UBA, GT Bank on campus provide ATM services.

Roads usage and user charges[edit]

From 1 February 2014, all vehicles entering the University of Ghana's main campus, and also those using the road passing through the Staff Village of the University were required to pay charges. This was heavily criticized by public and students and hence suspended.

Affiliated institutions[edit]

A number of institutions and colleges hold affiliations with the university for the purpose of enrollment, teaching and award of degrees and diplomas of the university [9]

  • African Institute of Science and Technology, Mbaise - Diploma, Higher Diploma, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Technology/Master of Business Administration/ Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in various disciplines.
  • Catholic University College, Fiapre, Sunyani - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of (Information/Commercial/Technology)
  • Christian Service University College, Kumasi - Diploma [6]
  • Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College - Masters Degree
  • Ghana Baptist Seminary, Abuakwa-Kumasi - Diploma [6]
  • Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Accra - Bachelor of Arts (Journalism & Public Relations)
  • Ghana Institute of Languages, Accra - Bachelor of Arts (Translation)
  • Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Greenhill, Accra - Masters Degree in Development Website
  • Hi-Technology University, Mbaise - B.Sc., B.A., M.Sc., M.A., MBA, and Ph.D.
  • Islamic University College, East Legon - Bachelor of Arts
  • Methodist University College, Dansoman, Accra - Bachelor of Arts/Business Administration
  • National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Accra - Bachelor of Arts (Film & Television) Website
  • Pentecost University College, Sowutuom, Accra - Certificate/Diploma
  • Regional Maritime Academy - Diploma/Post-Graduate Diploma (Shipping & Port Management)Website
  • Saint Paul Seminary, Sowutoum, Accra - Bachelor of Arts
  • Saint Peter's Major Seminary, Cape Coast - Diploma/Bachelor of Arts [6]
  • Saint Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale - Diploma/Bachelor of Arts Pontificia Università Urbaniana [6]
  • Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon - Diploma/Bachelor of Arts Presbyterian Church USA [6]
  • University College of Wisconsin International - Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Management Website
  • African University College of Communication, Accra


University of Ghana is a member of the African Institute of Science and Technology and the member of the Consortium of Academic Stewards for The Scholar Ship.

Existing Partnerships (International Programmes)[edit]


  • University of Abomey-Calavi



Czech Republic[edit]












  • Codesria (African Humanities Institute Programme)

South Africa[edit]




United Kingdom[edit]

United States of America[edit]

Associations and Links[edit]

The University of Ghana is a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU). The university is also a member the League of World Universities (which comprise 47 renowned research universities all over the world). The university has also established academic and research links with several Universities and Research Institutions worldwide. In addition, the university has also been linked to the Norwegian Universities’ Committee for Development Research and Education (NUFU), the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) based in New York, International Student Exchange Programmes (ISEP) and the Commonwealth Universities Student Exchange Consortium (CUSAC), among others.

Noted alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Visitors>Overview". Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kofi Annan appointed Chancellor of University of Ghana". General News of Wednesday, 30 July 2008 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Kwabena Dei Ofori-Attah. "Expansion of Higher Education in Ghana: Moving Beyond Tradition". Comparative & International Education Newsletter: Number 142. CIES, Florida International University. Retrieved 9 March 2007. 
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