The University of Ghana was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, an affiliate college of the University of London. The institution became an independent public university in 1961, with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, president of the Republic of Ghana, as its first chancellor.
Located in Legon, Accra, this research-intensive university is the oldest, largest, and most diverse campus community in Ghana. Its student population comes from 87 countries and faculty members from 22 countries. There are four colleges: the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, and College of Humanities. The university also has several research centers. Priority research focuses include climate change, malaria, food production and processing, and development policy.
- Undergraduate students: 44,475
- Graduate students: 7,350
- Non-degree: 1,825
About the Location
Located on the western coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, just a few degrees north of the equator, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African nation to achieve independence from British colonial rule. Tropical forests cover more than 10 percent of Ghana’s total land area, but land-use conversions for large-scale and plantation farming threaten these biodiversity hotspots. The capital of Ghana is the coastal city of Accra, with a population of more than four million. The University of Ghana's Great Hall forms the northern border of Accra and is in the suburb of Legon.