Top 5 Public Universities in Ghana

There are many institutions of higher education in Ghana. Maybe they cannot be compared to Ivy League schools Yale, Harvard, or Princeton universities. Still, they are the best in the country, and going to these schools to achieve academic excellence can merit a chance to perhaps continue to an Ivy League School.

These five universities are the most sought-after institutions because of the high academic distinctions and promising career opportunities.

This list is compiled using certain factors like the recognized license and accreditation by regional bodies, the affiliations of these schools, and their license to grant at least a four-year undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree.


The institution must also be able to provide higher education courses mainly in a face-to-face learning format. Teaching and learning must be done in a modern state of the art facilities. These factors and rankings are put together by unbiased algorithms of websites like webometrics and UniRank.

Below are the top 5 universities in Ghana according to Webometrics and UniRank.

University of Ghana

University of Ghana was founded in 1948 and is the oldest of the 13 public universities in Ghana and was affiliated to the University of London, it is now affiliated with the Association of African Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities and Mcddonell International Scholars Academy.

The institution has over 60,000 registered students studying under modern facilities. University of Ghana has various schools and programmes for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. There are necessary amenities like halls, hostels, banks, motor-able roads, hospitals, banks, and many others.

Notable alumni include Playwright Ama Ata Aidoo, President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo, former President John Evans Atta Mills, BBC‘s Komla Dumor, etc.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

The school was established 70 years ago to spearhead West Africa`s pursuit of technological advancement, and since then, they have done nothing short of that.

The school is located at Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. There are six halls and a few hostels on the campus, there are other approved hostels. There are many faculties and schools to choose from as well.

Institute of distance learning is available as well. There is a fully stocked library, research centers and more. Notable alumni include UN secretary-general and Nobel Prize laureate Kofi Annan, former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, novelist Ama Darko, second lady Samira Bawumia and others.

University of Cape coast

With 210 programmes of study, modern facilities like libraries, research centers, hospitals, and accomplished lecturers, University of Cape Coast is the place to be if you want to achieve academic excellence.

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The school is located in the historic town of Cape Coast, with numerous tourist attractions and monuments. Former finance minister Seth Terkper, lawyer and politician Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Vice President Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman and many other renowned persons attended this university.

The school is the topmost ranked in Ghana and West Africa and ranks first globally for research influence.

University of Education, Winneba

University of Education was built in 1992 with a relation with University of Cape Coast to train teachers for Ghana’s education system and improve on its social and economic development. It has become one of the best institutions since its establishment.

If you want to be a scholar or academic, the University of Education is the place to be. The school has six campuses with many halls and hostels for students. The lecturers are accomplished and hardworking.

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

GIMPA, as it is popularly called, is a public university in Ghana spread over four campuses, and made up of six schools.

The school has ten research centers as well. It offers bachelor’s, master’s, and executive master’s degree programmes in entrepreneurship, business administration, law, public administration, governance, leadership, and technology. The school has been accredited by the national accreditation board and is affiliated with the Association of African Business Schools.

The school has all the needed facilities and research centers to aid in teaching and learning, and is known to be one of the best universities in the capital. Notable alumni include former deputy minister of defense Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, Agams Holdings Roland Agambire, CEO of Mcdan Group of companies Daniel Mckorley, and many others who attended GIMPA.


Many other good universities worth mentioning, like the University of Mines and Technology, the University of Development Studies, and the University of Professional Studies.

If you have an eye for only the best schools, you can choose from the above while climbing the ladder to achieve academic distinction.

Most of the time, even if you are not the best student, when you find yourself in such great institutions, you can be pushed to learn harder, as you can see, the notable alumni of these schools include politicians, CEOs, academics, and more.

You are rest assured when securing a place in the job market. You will need an A1 to at least C6 to enter into any of these institutions.

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