In the annals of Ghana’s history, today marks exactly 72 years since the University of Ghana was established on 11th August 1948. The school which used to be known as University College of the Gold Coast was founded by an Ordinance to provide and promote university education, learning and research to Ghanaians.
The college, founded by the Asquith Commission, which was set up in 1943 to investigate Higher Education, recommended among other things, the setting up of University Colleges in association with the University of London.
At its inception, the University College of the Gold Coast was modelled after and enjoyed a special relationship with the University Of London. Under this scheme, the University College was allowed to teach for the external degree examinations of London University.
It also allowed the College to modify the London syllabuses to suit local conditions and to take part in the setting and marking of examinations.
1960-1961 ushered new dawn into the history of University. The College Council made a request to the Government of Ghana for legislation to constitute the University College into a University with the power to award its degrees.
October 1, 1961 (Act 79), based on the commission’s recommendations the University of Ghana became a full-fledged university and has continued to be a beacon of hope to millions of Ghanaians since its establishment.
The University can boast of alumni encompassing people from prestigious fields including banking, law, politics, journalism and medicine
According to Ghana history and facts, Dr Kwame Nkrumah was the school’s first chancellor while Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, BLitt DPhil (Oxon), Omanhene of Essikado became the first (interim) Vice-Chancellor
For 72 years the University of Ghana has been at the forefront of Ghana’s development providing and churning out great minds for Ghana’s development.
Source: Ghana History and facts