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Ghana Communication Technology University: GTUC now a fully-fledged public university

BY: Graphic.com.gh
Professor Emmanuel Ohene-Afoakwa
Professor Emmanuel Ohene-Afoakwa

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assented to the Ghana Communication Technology University Bill, which now makes the institution of higher education, formerly known as the Ghana Telecom University College, a full-fledge university.

The university thus becomes Ghana’s 12th public-funded university.

Parliament passed the Ghana Communication Technology University Bill, 2020 on Friday June 12, 2020.

Read also:  Parliament passes Ghana Communication Technology University Bill

The Act seeks to establish a university that is nationally and internationally recognised as leader in the application of information technology to education and other sectors of the economy.

The university until the privatisation of the Ghana Telecom (now Vodafone Ghana) used to be the state-owned telecommunication company’s training school.

It played a leading role in enhancing teaching and training at the tertiary level, had its roots in the Ghana Telecom Flagship Training Centre which was the first of its kind in West Africa.

It was delinked from Vodafone and established with the name Ghana Telecom University College and had since provided long and short-term education and training in information communication technology (ICT) for diverse stakeholders, both in Ghana and the West African sub-region.

The training centre progressed steadily through de-regulation and privatisation to become the source of teaching and certification in telecommunication engineering in Ghana and in West Africa.

In March 2012, the name of the university college was changed to Ghana Technology University College to reflect the transformation that had taken place and the introduction of new programmes in business and information technology.

It was granted an accreditation by the National Accreditation Board on March 30, 2006 and officially inaugurated on August 15, 2006.