Kumasi Technical University: All you need to Know!

Formerly known as Kumasi Polytechnic, the Kumasi Technical University is one of the leading Technical Universities in Ghana if not the best. Its name and administration were changed in September 2016 when the government sought to upgrade a number of Polytechnics to technical university status.

Elsewhere polytechnics are very important. Not in Ghana. Many people don’t respect polytechnic education. Na who cause am! Apparently, just the name change is a step in the right direction. Let’s look into the dynamics and prospects of the new Kumasi Technical University. Let’s dive in.

What is Kumasi Technical University?

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Kumasi Technical University has a single aim and obligation – to produce graduates who are relevant to the industry. How would they do this?

Linking in-school training with on-the-job training provides life-transforming opportunities and experiences for students to gain and apply learned knowledge and skills at the workplace. That is their topmost proposition to attract students to the institution. And are they succeeding with this objective?

Let’s buckle up and dive in.

Details: Location, Address, Contacts

Kumasi Polytechnic is located in the city of Kumasi. It prides itself as one of the most vibrant Polytechnics in Ghana, very beautiful, and clean environment for academic and student life.

Contact details:

Address: Kumasi – Ashanti Region, Ghana, W/A

P. O. Box 854, Kumasi

Location: Kumasi, Ghana

Telephone Number: +233 (0)3220-22387

Telephone Number 2: +233 (0)3220-22388

Email Address: info@kstu.edu.gh

Website: https://www.kstu.edu.gh/

About Kumasi Technical University

Kumasi Technical University was initially established in 1954 as Kumasi Technical Institute and later as a non-tertiary Polytechnic under the Ghana Education Service in October 13, 1963 offering Technician, Diploma and Sub-Professional programmes alongside the craft programmes.

In 1992 the Polytechnics were restructured with the enactment of the Polytechnics Law, 1992 (PNDCL 321).

Under this law, the status of Polytechnics was raised to the level of tertiary institutions with the mandate to run Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes with a provision to mount degree programmes in the future. 

As a Polytechnic it was one of the famous, elegant and vibrant Polytechnics in Ghana.

today, the Kumasi Technical University is a spectacularly beautiful institution in Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana.

It has within the period of its existence become an important centre for training not only for Ghana but also for other African countries. 

From Kumasi Polytechnic to Kumasi Technical University: The History and Mission

The main objective of Polytechnic Law, 1992 (PNDC L.321) elevation of Polytechnics to tertiary institutions in Ghana was to provide high calibre skilled manpower with reference to manufacturing, commerce, science and technology to act as a catalyst for technological development.

Several years on, the Technical University Act 2016, (Act 922) converted Kumasi Polytechnic to the present Kumasi Technical University with the aim of providing higher education in engineering, applied arts, science technology-based disciplines, technical and vocational training.

VISION, MISSION AND CORE VALUES

VISION STATEMENT

To be a world-class technical university devoted to science, technology and entrepreneurship education.

MISSION STATEMENT

We provide quality teaching, learning and research in engineering, science, technology and entrepreneurship to promote industrial development in Ghana.

OUR VALUES

Integrity: We define and uphold the highest educational standards to earn the confidence of all stakeholders.

Pacesetters: We pioneer innovations in scholarship and research to address local and national challenges.

Commitment: We are dedicated to fulfilling our mandate to meet the expectations of all stakeholders

Equal Opportunities: We provide equal opportunities to foster access to quality higher education to all qualified persons irrespective of religious and political persuasion, ethnicity, gender, social status and physical ability.

Academics: Curriculum and Majors

Kumasi Technical University curriculum consists of a two-year Junior College, a three-year Senior College, a four-year degree programme and a two-year certificate programme.

Junior College: The Junior College is the first phase of the Kumasi Technical University education system.

It is a two-year programme designed to equip students with the basic academic skills necessary to enter Senior College.

Senior College: The Senior College is the second phase of the Kumasi Technical University education system. It is a three-year programme which is mainly conducted in the evening.

The courses offered in the Junior College include:

  • Pre-preparation courses for the Senior College
  • The courses offered in the Senior College include:
  • Computer engineering and applications
  • Chemical engineering and applications
  • Electrical and electronic engineering and applications
  • Mechanical engineering and applications
  • Civil engineering

Institutional Collaborations

ASIA

InstitutionNature of Collaboration
Jiangsu University, China Yangtze University, China Business College of Shanxi
University/Confucius Institute
Establishment of Chinese Language and Cultural Centre, Supply of 20 computers and
other-equipment
Solbridge International College of Business (Woosong University), South KoreaStaff and student exchange, joint research and publications, joint programme delivery
Al Ghurai University, UAE 

EUROPE

InstitutionNature of Collaboration
Glasgow Caledonian UniversityUKBook donations, Joint curriculum development and programme delivery, Support with books and equipment
Dundee University, UK 
 

AMERICA

InstitutionNature of Collaboration
The Southern Connecticut State University
USA South State Polytechnic University, USA 

AFRICA

InstitutionNature of Collaboration
Fourah Bay College of University of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone University of Port Harcourt
Nigeria Cape Peninsula University
South Africa University of Johannesburg, South Africa

List of Programmes and Courses at Kumasi Technical University

In the year 1956, Ghana was seen as a country with a lot of potentials, a country that could leapfrog ahead of other African countries. The then head of state Kwame Nkrumah urged for a “vigorous drive to education” and for creating a “cultured nation.” It was under this conviction that former Kumasi Technical Institute was given a polytechnic status on October 13, 1963, as a non-tertiary Polytechnic under the Ghana Education Service.

The institution started with Technician, Diploma and Sub-Professional programmes alongside the craft programmes. Other programmes and schools were added over the years.

There is a school and six faculties at the university today: the Business School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Built and Natural Environment, Faculty of Creative Arts and Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development.

Each faculty has a wide range of programs and departments that have contributed to the growth of the university.

I’ve put together all the courses and programmes offered at Kumasi Technical University as at the beginning of the 2021/2021 academic year.

List of Masters Courses (5 courses) – M.TECH POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Below is the full detail of all the postgraduate courses offered at the Kumasi Technical University, KSTU:

  • Master of Technology in Health Statistics
  • Master of Technology in Financial Statistics
  • Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Environmental Statistics
  • Master of Technology in Construction Technology
  • Master of Technology in Water and Environmental Engineering

List of Part-time Courses (24 courses) – PART-TIME PROGRAMMES

  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Diploma in Public Relations
  • Diploma in Health Statistics
  • Diploma in Business Studies
  • Diploma in Electronic Marketing
  • Diploma in Agribusiness & Finance
  • Motor Vehicle Technician Part I & II
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Construction Technology
  • Diploma in Computerized Accounting
  • Diploma in Fashion Design and Textiles
  • Construction Technician Course Part I & II
  • Diploma in Statistics for Risk Management
  • Electrical Engineering Technician Part I & II
  • Diploma in Web Applications and Database
  • Diploma in Library and Information Science
  • Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Diploma in Banking Technology and Finance
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician Part I & II
  • Diploma In Mass Communication and Journalism
  • Diploma in Procurement & Materials Management
  • Diploma In Banking and Small Business Management

List of Degree Courses (27 courses) – B.TECH DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Below is the full detail of all the undergraduate courses offered at the Kumasi Technical University, KSTU:

  • Bachelor of Technology in Building Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology in Oil and Gas Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Statistics
  • Bachelor of Technology in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Technology in Health Statistics (Top-Up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Entrepreneurship & Finance
  • Bachelor of Technology in Estate Management (Top-up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Estate Management (Top-up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Building Technology (Top-Up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Data Science (Regular/Evening)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Library and Information Science
  • Bachelor of Technology in Secretaryship and Management
  • Bachelor of Technology in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Agribusiness with Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Technology in Accounting with Computing (Top-Up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Marketing (Regular/Weekend) Top-up
  • Bachelor of Technology In Accounting With Computing (4 Years)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering (Two Years – Top-up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Fashion Design And Modeling (Top-up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Top-Up)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Management and Catering Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology in Fashion Design and Textiles Studies (Regular/Evening)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Procurement and Supply Chain Management(Regular/ Evening/Weekend)

Higher Diploma Courses (23 courses) – HND PROGRAMMES

Below is the full detail of all the higher diploma courses offered at the Kumasi Technical University, KSTU:

  • HND Statistics
  • HND Marketing
  • HND Accountancy
  • HND Civil Engineering
  • HND Computer Science
  • HND Building Technology
  • HND Estate Management
  • HND Chemical Engineering
  • HND Purchasing and Supply
  • HND Dispensing Technology
  • HND Mechanical Engineering
  • HND Accounting with Computing
  • Higher Diploma in Health Statistics
  • HND Entrepreneurship and Finance
  • HND Interior Design and Technology
  • HND Medical Laboratory Technology
  • HND Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • HND Banking Technology and Finance
  • HND Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship
  • HND Fashion Design and Textiles Studies
  • HND Secretaryship and Management Studies
  • HND Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management
  • HND Science and Industrial Laboratory Technology

Faculties & Schools

  • Business School
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  • Faculty of Built and Natural Environment
  • Faculty of Creative Arts and Technology
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

Institutes & Schools

  1. Graduate School
  2. International Office
  3. Institute of Distance Learning and Continuing Education
  4. Institute of Research, Innovation and Development

Distance Learning Division

The department also supervises the Distance Learning Division that runs B.Tech Accounting With Computing in collaboration with four other polytechnics;

  1. Sunyani Polytechnic
  2. Takoradi Polytechnic
  3. Bolgatanga Polytechnic
  4. Cape Coast Polytechnic

Presently, the institute comprises of four divisions, namely:

  1. Distance Learning Division
  2. Parallel Programmes Division
  3. Diploma and Non-Tertiary Programmes Division
  4. Professional Programmes Division

Campus Life: People and Culture

Kumasi Technical University has grown to be one of the largest technical universities in the country over the years. The university was founded with much intention that it would be developed into a center for excellence in technical, professional, vocational, crafts, etc.. And today – technology and the sciences.

There are many reasons why one should choose to come to Kumasi Technical University. They offer four-year undergraduate degrees just like any public university would as well as graduate-level courses.

Campus life in Kumasi Technical University is not that bad. The university has grown well, and after the completion of the new building, the campus will be one of the largest in Ghana. Campus life as a student is very friendly, and it is very easy to make friends with your classmates. The campus offers many activities for students to participate in, such as sports, clubs, and academic societies.

There are several fashion shows every year, and the university is a home for the start-up of lots of budding fashion companies looking to break through into the mainstream Ghanaian fashion business.

The food is simple, but it is cheap.

Concluding Thoughts…

In conclusion, Kumasi Polytechnic or Kumasi Technical University is a good choice for students who are looking for opportunities to improve their skills.

Kumasi Technical University offers many programs that are designed to help people to create for themselves as entrepreneurs or get better hands-on jobs. It is worthy to note how graduates are making it big in the fashion, design and craft industries. and that id a good sign for a country that doesn’t have a clear-cut blueprint for startups, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship.

With the help of practical education, Kumasi Technical University can make a difference in Ghana.

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Nana Santuoh, manages digital web products and leads the editorial team at Kumasiano - a mouthpiece for African and black people while reminiscing their good old days back home.

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