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 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;

College of Agriculture & Natural Sciences [CANS][2][edit]

School of Physical Sciences[edit]

    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Optometry
    • Department of Mathematics & Statistics
    • Department of Laboratory Technology
    • Department of Computer Science & Information Technology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Laser & Fibre Optics Centre
    • Computer Centre
    • Industrial Chemistry Programme

School of Biological Sciences[edit]

    • 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

School of Agriculture[edit]

    • 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

College of Distance Education [CoDE][3][edit]

    • Department of Business studies
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Mathematics and science

College of Education Studies [CES][4][edit]

    • Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA).
    • Institute of Education (IOE).
    • Department of Science and Mathematics Education (DSME).
    • Department of Basic Education.
    • Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).
    • Department of Educational Foundations.
    • Department of Vocational and Technical Education (VOTEC).
    • Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education (DASSE).

College of Humanities and Legal Studies [CHLS][5][edit]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

    • 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)

Faculty of Arts[edit]

    • 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
    • Department of African Studies

Faculty of Law[edit]

    • Department of Law
    • Law Clinic & Department for Legal Extension
    • Centre for Legal Research
    • Law Library & Information Centre

School of Business[edit]

    • Department of Management studies
    • Department of Accounting & Finance
    • Professional & Management Development Unit (PMDU)
    • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development (CESED)

College of Health & Allied Sciences [CHAS][6][edit]

    • School of Medical Sciences
    • School of Nursing & Midwifery

School of Graduate Studies and Research[7][edit]

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[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 (The Royals)
  • Casely Hayford Hall (Casfordians)
  • Kwame Nkrumah Hall
  • Valco Hall (Industrial city)
  • School of Medical Sciences (SMS) Hostel
  • School of Business Guest House
  • Valco Postgraduate Hostel (Graduate Hostel)
  • Students Representative Council (SRC) Hostel
  • Presidential Special Initiative (PSI) Hostel

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

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