University of Cape Coast
Arms of the University of Cape Coast
|Motto||Latin: Veritas Nobis Lumen|
Motto in English
|Truth, Our Guide.|
|College of Health, Yamfo|
|Chairman||Mrs. Nancy Thompson|
|Chancellor||Sam E. Jonah, ACSM, KBE|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah|
|Undergraduates||Over 70,000 students national and internationally|
|Nickname||Cape Vars |
(University of Competitive Choice)
|Recently the Best University in Ghana in terms of quality Education assurance.|
The University of Cape Coast is a public collegiate research university located in Cape Coast, Ghana. The university was established in 1962 out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education. 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 public universities at the time were unequipped to fulfill. The university has since added to its functions the training of doctors and health care professionals, as well as education planners, administrators, and agriculturalists. UCC graduates include Ministers of State, High Commissioners, CEOs, and Members of Parliament.
- 1 The campus
- 2 Organisation
- 3 College of Agriculture & Natural Sciences [CANS]
- 4 College of Distance Education [CoDE]
- 5 College of Education Studies [CES]
- 6 College of Humanities and Legal Studies [CHLS]
- 7 College of Health & Allied Sciences [CoHAS]
- 8 School of Graduate Studies and Research
- 9 Centre for International Education
- 10 Halls of Residence
- 11 Notable alumni
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The university, which is five kilometers 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 kilometers from the university.
The University of Cape Coast today organized into six colleges. Each college has different schools and departments under them as elaborated below;
- Department of Physics
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Statistics
- Department of Laboratory Technology
- Department of Computer Science & Information Technology
- Department of Chemistry
- Laser & Fibre Optics Centre
- Industrial Chemistry Programme
- Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
- Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
- Department of Environmental Sciences
- Department of Entomology & Wildlife
- Department of Biomedical & Forensic Sciences
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Soil Science
- Department of Crop Science
- Department of Animal Science
- Department of Agricultural Engineering
- Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension
- Technology Village
- Supervise Enterprise Projects (SEPs)
- Meat Processing Unit (MPU)
- Centre for Child Development Research and Referral
- Counselling Centre
- Department of Basic Education
- Department of Education & Psychology
- Department of Guidance and Counseling
- Department of Health Science Education
- Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation
- Department of Mathematics & ICT Education
- Department of Science Education
- Department of Vocational & Technical Education
- Centre for Educational Research, Evaluation and Development
- Centre for Teacher Professional Development
- Centre for Teaching Support
- Institute of Education
- Institute for Oil and Gas Studies
- Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
- Department of Sociology & Anthropology
- Department of Population & Health
- Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Department of Geography & Regional Planning
- Department of Economics
- Centre for Gender, Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD)
- Micro-finance Unit
- Centre for Data Archiving, Management, Analysis and Advocacy (C-DAMAA)
- Information & Literacy Skills
- Department of Theatre & Film Studies
- Department of Religion and Human Values
- Department of Music & Dance
- Department of History
- Department of Ghanaian Languages & Linguistics
- Department of French
- Department of English
- Department of Communication Studies
- Department of Classics & Philosophy
- Centre for African and International Studies
- Department of Law
- Law Clinic & Department for Legal Extension
- Centre for Legal Research
- Law Library & Information Centre
- Professional & Management Development Unit (PMDU)
- Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development (CESED)
- Department of Nurse Anaesthesia
- Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management
- Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
- Department of Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Department Of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & Fetal Medicine
- Department of Internal Medicine & Therapeutics
- Department of Chemical Pathology
- Department of Community Medicine
- Department of Internal Medicine & Therapeutics
- Department of Medical Education & Information Technology
- Department of Microbiology & Immunology
- Department of Pharmacology
- Department of Paediatrics
- Department of Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology
- Department of Surgery
- Department of Psychological Medicine & Mental Health
- Department of Physiology
- Department of Sports Science
- Department of Physician Assistant Studies
- Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Department of Medical Laboratory Technology
- Department of Medical Imaging
- Department of Health Information Management
- Department of Optometry
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of the University of Cape Coast came into being on 1 August 2008. It began as a Committee on Higher Degrees, with a mandate to advise Senate on the University’s graduate policy and recommend the award of scholarship for approval. In 1992, the Committee on Higher Degrees was transformed to a Board of Graduate Studies. This Board, a sub-committee of Academic Board was entrusted with responsibility for administering graduate education in the University, until its status was elevated to a School on 1 August 2008. The School has the mandate to co-ordinate graduate level academic programmes for all Colleges within the University. It also regulates and offers advice on graduate programmes of university colleges affiliated to the University of Cape Coast.
To achieve its vision and mission, the School has four-fold functions:
- Draft regulations for all higher degrees with a view to ensuring that acceptable academic standards are maintained.
- Receive reports and consider recommendations pertaining to higher degrees and graduate diplomas from Departmental and Faculty Committee of Graduate Studies.
- Determine results of higher degrees and graduate diplomas.
- Make recommendations to the Academic Board for the award of higher degrees and graduate diplomas.
The University operates a two-semester system for its regular graduate programmes. The First Semester begins from August to December and Second Semester from January to May. The University awards Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), Master of Commerce (M.Com.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the various disciplines.
M.A./M.Ed./M.Sc. programmes will normally consist of two (2) semesters of course work (nine (9) months) followed by a project or dissertation (three (3) months).
The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) programme will normally consist of two parts. Part I shall consist of two semesters of course work for full-time students and four semesters of course work for part-time students. Part II extends over 12-months and is for research and presentation of thesis. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme is essentially by research. The duration is between 3 and 4 years for full-time students and 4 and 5 years for part-time students.
Centre for International Education
The Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Cape Coast, was established to promote, support and co-ordinate all facets of international education activities in the University. These activities include international students and staff exchanges, research collaborations and publications, and information sharing, all aimed at enhancing the international image of the University.
Over the years, the Centre had fostered links with institutions of higher learning from the USA, China, UK, Sweden, Germany, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, among others.
The Centre offers specialized support services for inbound and outbound exchange students and staff on issues including, but not exclusive to, orientation, admission, enrollment, accommodation, pastoral care, pre-departure briefings and post-return debriefings for inbound and outbound exchange students and staff.
- Manages all matters and programmes relating to international education.
- Serves as an advisory unit to all academic departments on exchanges and collaborations.
- Serves as a service provider on campus to all international and visiting students, faculty members and staff.
- Is responsible for the development of Memorandum of Understanding or partnership agreements with institutions in and outside Ghana.
- Facilitates the exchange of staff, faculty and students of partner institutions and vice versa.
- Organizes international workshops, seminars and conferences.
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
- Oguaa Hall
- Atlantic Hall
- Adehye Hall
- Casely Hayford Hall
- Kwame Nkrumah Hall
- Valco Hall
- Edmund Abaka, a photographer and historian of Africa at the University of Miami.
- Alfred P. Addaquay, a Ghanaian classical keyboardist, composer, arranger, conductor, choral director and singer.
- Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang - Former Minister of Education of the Republic of Ghana; First Female Vice Chancellor of a Public University in Ghana.
- Emmanuel Addow-Obeng - a Ghanaian academic, administrator and cleric. He was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and served as the Pro Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Ghana
- Kwesi Ahwoi - Ghana's High Commissioner to South Africa; Former Minister of Interior of the Republic in Ghana.
- Aba Andam – a Ghanaian particle physicist
- Samuel Kobina Annim, Government Statistician and a former Associate Professor of Economics.
- Juliet Asante, an award-winning film maker, entrepreneur and activist. She is also an avid blogger for the Huffington Post, an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow, a Legatum Institute Fellow, an alumnus of the Fortune 500/State Department Mentorship program, and Vital Voices Global leaders forum
- Kweku Asiamah – Minister of Transport
- Millison Narh - Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana
- Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo - Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Private Public Partnership
- Dr. Yaw Ansong Jnr, Medical Practitioner; Founder and CEO of LoveRealm
- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, a Ghanaian politician, and Lawyer.
- Yvonne Nduom, a Ghanaian public figure known chiefly as the wife of the leader of the Progressive People's Party and is currently the Executive Chairperson of Coconut Grove Hotels
- Seth Terkper – Former Minister of Finance, MOFEP (2012– to 2016)
- Joseph Whittal - a Ghanaian who has been the Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice of Ghana since December 2016
- Daniel A. Wubah, President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu, a former Speaker of Parliament, a former Minister of Interior and a former member of parliament.
- List of universities in Ghana
- Sam E. Jonah, Chancellor of the University
- Professor D.D Kuupole, Vice-Chancellor of the University
- "About UCC". Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UCC".
- "College of Distance Education UCC".
- "College of Education Studies (COES)".
- "College of Humanities and Legal Studies (CHLS)".
- "College of Health and Allied Sciences, UCC".
- "School of Graduate Studies and Research, UCC".