Education refers to a process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through studying, teaching, training, and research. The definition of education is now studied by modern philosophers, psychologists, and theorists across educational theory, psychology, and philosophical fields. They have different ways of defining it but the common denominator is that they all agree on the essence of education.
Some of the universities in Ghana are the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana Institute of management and public administration, Accra institute of technology (AIT), Africa Nazarene University (ANT), Ashesi University College Abroad(ASUA), University Of Professional Studies (UPSA), Ghana Technology University College or GTA University College or GhTU or GhTC)
All the above-mentioned universities work in line with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to provide quality tuition to Ghanaians who want to further acquire advanced knowledge in a specific area or industry.
What is a University
A university is a type of degree-awarding tertiary educational institution. It grants undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and doctoral degrees. The word “university” is derived from the Latin: Universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means “community of teachers and scholars”.
We say a university is a Public University when it is owned and operated by the state (government) whereas we refer to universities that are owned and managed by individuals or entities either than the state, as Private Universities.
Public universities in Ghana are universities that are predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities. Whether a national university is considered public varies from one country (or region) to another, largely depending on the specific education landscape.
Before Ghana’s Polytechnic schools were converted into Technical Universities there were less than 15 Public universities in Ghana.
As of the time of writing this article, there are Technical Universities Ghana has more than twenty (20) Public Universities.
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University of Ghana, Legon
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana. It was founded as the University College of the Gold Coast by Ordinance on August 11, 1948, for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research.
The following courses are offered at the University of Ghana, Legon:
- Bachelor of Arts.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts.
- Bachelor of Law.
- Bachelor of Science in Administration.
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Agricultural, Biomedical, Computer, Food Process, Materials)
University of Education, Winneba (UEW)
The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is a university located in Winneba, Central Region of Ghana. It was established in 1992 by a government ordinance (PNDC Law 322) and with a relationship with the University of Cape Coast. Its main aim is to train teachers for the education system of Ghana.
University of Cape Coast (UCC)
The University of Cape Coast is one of the rare sea-view universities in the world. It was established in October 1962 as a University College and placed in a special relationship with the University of Ghana, Legon.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was established in the year 1952. Formerly known as the Kumasi College of Technology and the brainchild behind it. KNUST has a rich history in its evolution into a first-class University over the years. The university was later named after Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the Republic of Ghana and pioneer of independence of African nations.
KNUST believes in achievement through diligence and commitment.
The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS)
The first established University in the Volta Region. The university was established by an Act of Parliament(Act 828), which received presidential approval in December 2011. It, however, started admitting students in 2012. The university is devoted to teaching, research, and service in the Health Sciences.
University of Mines and Technology(UMT)
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) started as the Tarkwa Technical Institute in November 1952 and became affiliated with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi as the Tarkwa School of Mines in 1976.
University for Development Studies (UDS)
The University for Development Studies (UDS), is Ghana’s first public university in the Northern part of the country. It was established by the Government of Ghana by PNDC Law 279 and gazette on 15th May 1992
University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani (UENR)
The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 830, 2011 on December 31, 2011.
The University is a public-funded national institution that seeks to provide leadership and management of energy and natural resources and be a center of excellence in these critical areas.
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
GIMPA was established in 1961 as a joint Ghana Government/United Nations Special Fund Project. It was originally called the Institute of Public Administration, established to train public servants with administrative and professional competence to plan and administer national, regional, and local services.
University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPS)
History. The university was founded in 1965 as a private professional business education tuition provider and was taken over by the government in 1978 by the Institute of Professional Studies Decree, 1978 (SMCD 200).