University of Cape Coast

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University of Cape Coast
University of Cape Coast
University of Cape Coast entrance.jpg
UCC, West Gate
MottoLatin: Veritas Nobis Lumen[1]
Motto in English
Truth, Our Guide.[1]
TypePublic
Established1962; 59 years ago (1962)
ChairmanMrs. Nancy Thompson
ChancellorSam E. Jonah, ACSM, KBE
Vice-ChancellorJohnson Nyarko Boampong
UndergraduatesOver 70,000 students national and internationally
PostgraduatesOver 10,000
Location,
Central Region
,
5°06′57″N 1°17′27″W / 5.115788°N 1.290810°W / 5.115788; -1.290810
CampusSuburban area
ColoursCosmic Cobalt, White, Aureolin and Vermilion
       
NicknameCape Vars
(University of Competitive Choice
AffiliationsSee below
Websitewww.ucc.edu.gh
Recently the Best University in Ghana in terms of quality Education assurance.

The University of Cape Coast is a public collegiate university located in the historic town of Cape Coast. The campus has a rare seafront and sits on a hill overlooking the wide 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 a few kilometres away from its campus.

The University of Cape Coast was established in October, 1962 as a University College in response to the country's dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in the education sector. Its original mandate was therefore to train graduate teachers for second cycle institutions, teacher training colleges and technical institutions, a mission that the two existing public universities at the time were unequipped to fulfil.

On October 1, 1971, the College attained the status of a full and independent University, with the authority to confer its own degrees, diplomas and certificates by an Act of Parliament. Today, with the expansion of some of its Faculties/Schools and the diversification of programmes, the University has the capacity to meet the manpower needs of other ministries and industries in the country, besides that of the Ministry of Education. The university has since added to its functions the training of doctors and health care professionals, business professionals, administrators, legal professionals, and agriculturalists. UCC graduates include Ministers of State, High Commissioners, CEOs, and Members of Parliament.

On September 2021, the University of Cape Coast ( UCC) was ranked by Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings as follows:

  • 1. The No.1 University globally for research influence.
  • 2. The No.1 University in Ghana.
  • 3. The No.1 University in West Africa
  • 4. Ranked amongst the top 5 Universities in Africa.[2][3][4][5]

History[edit]

The University of Cape Coast was established in October, 1962 as a University College and placed in a special relationship with the University of Ghana, Legon. On October 1, 1971, the College attained the status of a full and independent University, with the authority to confer its own degrees, diplomas and certificates by an Act of Parliament. The University was established out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education. Its original mandate was therefore to train graduate professional teachers for Ghana’s second cycle institutions and the Ministry of Education in order to meet the manpower needs of the country’s accelerated education programme at the time. Today, with the expansion of some of its Faculties/Schools and the diversification of programmes, the University has the capacity to meet the manpower needs of other ministries and industries in the country, besides that of the Ministry of Education. From an initial student enrolment of 155 in 1963, the University of Cape Coast now has a total student population of about 80,000. The University started with two departments, namely: Arts and Science. These departments developed into Faculties in 1963. In order to achieve the set objectives, in 1964, the University created two more Faculties, namely: Education and Economics & Social Studies [now Faculty of Social Sciences]. The fifth faculty [School of Agriculture] was established in 1975. The Faculty of Science was split into the Schools of Physical and Biological Sciences during the 2002/2003 academic year while the Department of Business Studies was also elevated to the School of Business with effect from the 2003/2004 academic year. The Medical School, faculty of Law and school of economics amongst others have been added. The University now trains doctors and health care professionals, as well as education planners, administrators, agriculturalists, Accountants, lawyers etc. The University of Cape Coast (UCC) graduates include Ministers of State, High Commissioners, CEOs, and Members of Parliament.[6]

Student Population[edit]

From an initial student enrolment of 155 in 1963, the University of Cape Coast now has a total student population of 74, 720 The breakdown is as follows: 18949 regular undergraduate students, 1445 sandwich undergraduate students, 1014 regular postgraduate students, 2773 sandwich postgraduate students 48989 distance undergraduate students and 1540 postgraduate distance students. The University admitted a total of 24723 students into its various programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year.[7]

Academics[edit]

The University of Cape Coast is today organized into six colleges. Each college has different faculties, schools and departments under them as elaborated below;

College of Agriculture & Natural Sciences [CANS][8][edit]

School of Physical Sciences[edit]

School of Biological Sciences[edit]

School of Agriculture[edit]

College of Distance Education [CoDE][9][edit]

College of Education Studies [CES][10][edit]

Faculty of Educational Foundations[edit]

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Education[edit]

Faculty of Science & Technology Education[edit]

School of Educational Development & Outreach[edit]

College of Humanities and Legal Studies [CHLS][11][edit]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Arts[edit]

Faculty of Law[edit]

School of Business[edit]

Department of Finance

Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Department of Human Resource Management

College of Health & Allied Sciences [CoHAS][12][edit]

School of Medical Sciences[edit]

  • 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

School of Nursing & Midwifery[edit]

School of Allied Health Sciences[edit]

  • 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

School of Graduate Studies and Research[13][edit]

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:

  1. Draft regulations for all higher degrees with a view to ensuring that acceptable academic standards are maintained.
  2. Receive reports and consider recommendations pertaining to higher degrees and graduate diplomas from Departmental and Faculty Committee of Graduate Studies.
  3. Determine the results of higher degrees and graduate diplomas.
  4. 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 (PhD) 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 the 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[edit]

The Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Cape Coast, was established to promote, support and coordinate 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.Centre for International Education | Centre for International Education

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.

FUNCTIONS


The Centre:

  1. Manages all matters and programmes relating to international education.
  2. Serves as an advisory unit to all academic departments on exchanges and collaborations.
  3. Serves as a service provider on campus to all international and visiting students, faculty members and staff.
  4. Is responsible for the development of Memorandum of Understanding or partnership agreements with institutions in and outside Ghana.
  5. Facilitates the exchange of staff, faculty and students of partner institutions and vice versa.
  6. 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.

Affiliated Institutions[edit]

All Colleges of Education in Ghana

  • Pentecost University College
  • Christian Service University College
  • Palm Institute
  • Synergies Institute-Ghana
  • Fountainhead Christian College
  • Institute for Development and Technology Management
  • Institute for Security, Disaster and Emergency Studies (ISDES)
  • Klintaps University College
  • Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II Nursing Training College
  • Nduom School of Business and Technology
  • College of Health and Well-Being
  • College of Health,Yamfo

Halls of Residence[edit]

  • Oguaa Hall
  • Atlantic Hall
  • Adehye Hall
  • Casely Hayford Hall(Casford)
  • Kwame Nkrumah Hall
  • Valco Hall
  • SRC Hall
  • Supernuation hall
  • Sasakawa Hall
  • Valco Trust Hall
  • PSI Hall

Notable alumni[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Sam Jonah Library
Large Lecture Theatre
Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre
Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre
Crocodile at the Zoo

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About UCC". Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2022/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
  3. ^ https://3news.com/ucc-ranked-no-1-university-in-ghana/
  4. ^ https://www.myjoyonline.com/ucc-ranked-highly-among-universities-with-positive-research-influence/
  5. ^ https://atlfmnews.com/
  6. ^ https://ucc.edu.gh/main/about/history
  7. ^ https://ucc.edu.gh/main/about/history
  8. ^ "College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UCC".
  9. ^ "College of Distance Education UCC".
  10. ^ "College of Education Studies (COES)".
  11. ^ "College of Humanities and Legal Studies (CHLS)".
  12. ^ "College of Health and Allied Sciences, UCC".
  13. ^ "School of Graduate Studies and Research, UCC".
  14. ^ "Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim". 11 April 2019.
  15. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=108540018&privcapId=13528981. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Narh Appointed Second Deputy Governor of BOG | Business News 2009-05-22".

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