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The Past, Present and Future of University of Ghana

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The Past, Present and Future of University of Ghana.

The University of Ghana, is the first university and the largest university in Ghana. The University of Ghana, has over the years built an image as one of the continent’s reputable universities which makes the University of Ghana the first choice for academics, researchers and students.

The Past... University of Ghana was founded by J. B. Danquah on August 11, 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research. 

Its first Principal was the late Mr. David Mowbray Balme. Mr. Balme was far-sighted, courageous and dedicated to the promotion of scholarship. The University of Ghana was set up by an Act of Parliament on October 1, 1961 (Act 79). The then President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, became the first Chancellor of the University, with Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, BLitt DPhil (Oxon), Omanhene of Essikado, as the (Interim) Vice Chancellor.

The Present...There are currently a number of Ghanaian and international institutions that hold affiliation with the University of Ghana. As a leader in tertiary education, the University has established several link agreements with universities in Africa, Europe and North America for student, faculty and staff exchange as well as collaborative research. The student population is over 38,000 made up of students enrolled on their regular programmes, sandwich programmes, and distance education as well as students from affiliate institutions. Their growing number of international students come from over 70 countries to join either our regular undergraduate and graduate programmes, enroll on their study abroad and other special programmes designed for international students. Through the Students Financial Aid Office (SFAO), the university makes every effort to provide financial aid to qualified Ghanaian undergraduate applicants with limited finances. The University of Ghana has also found four priority areas where the university will focus and promote international collaboration in research initiatives to enhance the University’s research output. These research areas are; Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation, Malaria Research, Enhancing Food Production and Processing and Trans-disciplinary Research into Climate Change Adaptation. University of Ghana has several research institutions and centres for learning and research, including Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Centre for Tropical, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Regional Institute for Population Studies, Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research. University of Ghana is run on a collegiate system and comprises the following colleges: College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences and College of Humanities.Future...They will create an enabling environment that makes the University of Ghana increasingly relevant to national and global development through cutting-edge research as well as high quality teaching and learning. Their vision is to become a world class research-intensive University over the next decade.

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