UEW Kumasi Campus: University of Education Winneba (AAMUSTED) 

Aren’t university colleges and sub-university campuses boring? Most people feel that they’re just ‘tertiary high schools’ in disguise. You must be a full university or nothing. And that is what the UEW Kumasi Campus has turned into.

The new university in town: the UEW Kumasi Campus is now Akenten Appiah-Menkah University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development – AAMUSTED for short.

Formerly known as the University of Education (UEW) Kumasi Campus, the institution is now autonomous. Meaning it is no longer a Kumasi branch of the main University of Education in Winneba. Hence, the new name AAMUSTED.

Let’s dive in and look at the various dynamics and changes.

What is UEW Kumasi Campus (AAMUSTED)?

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The University of Education had 4 campuses:

  • University of Education, Winneba Campus (UEW)
  • University of Education, Kumasi Campus (COLTEK)
  • University of Education, Adjumako Campus (SOL)
  • University of Education, Mampong Campus. (CAGRIC)

Over the years, 3 campuses were carved out of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) which is the main campus. These campuses were situated in various parts of Ghana.

One in Kumasi – The College of Technology Education in Kumasi (COLTEK)

Another in Mampong – The College of Agriculture in Mampong – Ashanti (CAGRIC)

And the other in Adjumako – School of Ghana Languages (SOL)

Two of these campuses based in the Ashanti region, ie: the University of Education, Kumasi(Tanoso) and University of Education, Mampong(Ashanti) campuses have gained autonomy.

The new mandate for the university is providing higher education in technical and vocational training, technological and innovation as well as training and supplying the instructors with the necessary competence for teaching in those fields.

The university is also responsible for connecting the university with industry and other stakeholders to ensure the full training of teachers and students.

The government has plans to enhance university infrastructure and the quality of its staff as assistance for this undertaking. A number of lecturers have received scholarships to pursue ongoing studies abroad.

Nevertheless, the university is as great as other workshops and can boast of training facilities, laboratories for skills training and entrepreneurial development.

Contact Details: Location, Address, Web

Kumasi PolytechnicUEW Kumasi Campus, now AAMUSTED is located in Kumasi. College of Technology Education is about 280 Kilometres north of Accra.

Contact details:

  • College of Technology Education
  • P. O. Box 1277, Kumasi Ghana
  • Location: Kumasi, Ghana
  • AK-643-4826
  • 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri

Telephone Numbers

Kumasi Campus

  • 0506476208 / 0506476209 / 0506476245
  • 0322497892 / 0322497893

Mampong Campus

  • 0506476198 / 0501613082

Principal: +233 3220 53602

Reception: +233 3220 50331/53616

Fax: +233 3220 50039

Email: registrar@uew.edu.gh

About UEW Kumasi Campus

The UEW Kumasi Campus, also known as COLTEK – The College of Technology Education in Kumasi has been around for some time.

First, it began as Kumasi Technical Training Center by Ghana’s Government with technical advice from the British Government in the 1950s. Construction works for a permanent site were kicked off In 1963 and completed in early 1966. Before that, it operated as a division of the Kumasi Polytechnic.

Around September 1966, most training guidance programmes were transferred from Kumasi Polytechnic to the present location. This expansion subsequently led to a range of other activities, including the name change to Technical Teachers College (TTC), and later transformed into Kumasi Advanced Technical Teachers College (KATTC).

Some of the College’s offerings were specialized areas in Commerce and Industrial Arts. They also started certificate courses in education studies over the years.

In response to the restructuring of Ghana Teacher Education programmes, the College (KATTC) in 1977, became one of the seven Diploma Awarding Colleges after its affiliation with the Institute of Education of the University of Cape Coast.

The PNDC Law 322, which instituted reforms within the educational system in Ghana in 1992, also elevated seven Diploma Awarding Institutions to constitute University College of Education, Winneba. (UCEW).

This move accelerated the confirmation of KATTC in 1992 as Kumasi Campus of UCEW.

An Act of Parliament, Act 672, granted autonomy status to University College of Education, Winneba (UCEW) in 2004 to become the University of Education, Winneba. This was after close to a decade under the University of Cape Coast’s tutelage and guidance.

By the same Act, the UEW Kumasi Campus also became known as the College of Technology Education, Kumasi. (COLTEK).

Thanks to Afia Kimora for this awesome walkthrough video

Kumasi Campus New Name (AAMUSTED): The Story behind the new University

Akenten Appiah-Menkah University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development – AAMUSTED for short is quite strange and fascinating at first sight but not farfetched.

AAMUSTED was created by Act 1026 (2019) which converted the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) and the College of Agriculture Education, Mampong (CAGRIC) campuses of the University of Education, Winneba into a fully-fledged and autonomous university.

Simply, University of Education, Kumasi Campus – The College of Technology Education in Kumasi (COLTEK) and the University of Education, Mampong Campus – The College of Agriculture in Mampong – Ashanti (CAGRIC) have gained independence. Hurray!

This means it will manage, control and govern itself free from any influence from the main campus in Winneba. These two new universities will have their own Governing Council and do things independently.

It’s all started with the president’s promise when he visited the school in 2019. In fact, it has always been the vision of the Asantehene to make COLTEK and CAGRIC autonomous. And the president who on seeking the mandate of the people had promised effective technical and vocational education training (TVET), was keen to make this a reality.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, therefore, signed the university’s bill into law on August 27, 2020.

The main objective of AAMUSTED is to spearhead the government’s vision to make entrepreneurship, job creation and industrialization a part of everyday life in Ghana.

How is that going to happen?

There should be robust technical and vocational education training (TVET) around the country which is effective and attractive to students.

A university Governing Council was sworn into office by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh on Friday [November 27, 2020] in a brief ceremony in Kumasi.

The members of the Governing Council that were sworn into office are Mr. Paul Kwasi Agyeman (Government nominee), Dr. Joseph A. Apprey (Government nominee), Nana Bamfi-Adomako (Government nominee), Madam Nora Bannerman (Government nominee), Nana Ama A. Prempeh Gyesaw (Government nominee), Prof Mark Adom Asamoah (GTEC), Dr. Stephen Baffour Adjei (Convocation), Mr. Evans Douglas Salvo (APTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah (Commission for TVET), Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi (AGI) and Prof. F. K. Sarfo as the acting Vice-Chancellor.

Prof. F. K. Sarfo, who was the Principal of COLTEK became the first Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED.

Mr. Paul Kwasi Agyeman became the first chairman of the University Governing Council.

Some wise words from the Minister of education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh. He said, “It is particularly important that you be guided at all times by the specific purpose for which this university is set up. In all your decisions and deliberations, you must not lose focus of this and be tempted to introduce programmes that are of no relevance to the core mandate of this university. I cannot stress this enough,”

The minister who inaugurated the governing council on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo charged the council to remain focused on its mandate and not to derail.

The acting Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Prof Frederick K. Sarfo, also in his welcome address thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for giving the University autonomy and making do with his promise.

Academics: Curriculum and Majors

When it comes to academics, curriculum and majors UEW Kumasi campus has a total number of students enrolled at the undergraduate level is about 3,000 while postgraduate enrolment stands at 1,500. The institution offers courses leading to Bachelor’s degrees as well as Master’s degree programs. In addition, there are some graduate diploma programs offered by the school.

UEW Kumasi Campus Programmes and Courses: Full List

Programmes and courses offered at the UEW Kumasi Campus are meant to be delivered in a blended learning environment. The programmes listed below have been developed by the Faculty of Education as part of its commitment to providing quality education for students across all levels. These programmes will also form an integral component of the new undergraduate degree programs that were launched on 1 August 2017.

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

List of programmes offered at the Akenten Appiah-Menkah University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development

Below is the full detail of all the courses offered at AAMUSTED:

Asante Mampong Campus

Full-Time Programmes

  • B.Sc. Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Education
  • B.Sc. Agricultural Science Education
  • B.Sc. Natural Resources Management and Education
  • Post-Dip./ B.Sc. Environmental Health and Sanitation Education
  • B.Sc. Integrated Science Education
  • B.Sc. Biological Sciences Education
  • B.Sc. Chemistry Education
  • B.Sc. Physics Education
  • B.Sc. Mathematics Education
  • B.Sc. Public Health Education
  • B.Ed Early Grade Education (Early Childhood)
  • B.Ed Upper Primary Education
  • B.Ed Junior High Education
  • B.Sc. Physics Education
  • B.Sc. Mathematics Education

Sandwich Programmes

  • Post-Dip. / B.Sc. Environmental Health and Sanitation Education
  • Diploma in Environmental Health & Sanitation Education(1 year -2 sessions)
  • Diploma in Education

Graduate Programmes (Full Time)

  • M.Phil. Environmental and Occupational Health Education (2years)
  • M.Phil. Chemistry Education (2years)
  • M.Phil. Biology (2years)
  • M.Phil. Biology Education
  • M.Phil. Science Education
  • M.Phil. Crop Science Edu. (2yrs)
  • M.Phil Soil Science (2years)
  • M.Phil Animal Science (2years)
  • PhD. Crop Science (4years)
  • PhD. Animal Science (4years)
  • PhD.Soil Science (4years)

Graduate Programmes (Sandwich)

  • M.ED – Agriculture Education
  • M.ED – Science Education

Kumasi Campus

Full-Time Programmes

  • B. Sc. Automotive Engineering Technology Education
  • B. Sc. Mechanical Engineering Technology Education
  • B. Sc. Wood Technology Education
  • B. Sc. Construction Technology Education
  • B. Sc. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology Education
  • B.Sc. Sustainable Energy Systems
  • B. Sc. Fashion Design and Textiles Education
  • B. Sc. Catering and Hospitality Education
  • B. Sc. Information Technology Education
  • B. Sc. Mathematics Education
  • B. A. Arabic Education
  • B. A. English Education
  • B. A. French Education
  • B. A. French with English Education
  • B. A. Economics with Social Studies Education
  • B. A. Social Studies with Economics Education
  • B. Ed Early Grade Education (Early Childhood)
  • B. B. A. Secretarial Education
  • B. Sc. Accounting Education
  • B. Sc. Management Education
  • B. B.A. Management
  • B. B.A. Human Resource Management
  • B.Sc. Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Post-Diploma Accounting Education
  • Post-Diploma Management Education
  • Post-Diploma Secretarial Education
  • 2-year Post-Diploma in Business Administration-Accounting
  • 2-year Post-Diploma in Business Administration Management
  • Post Diploma Construction Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Wood Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Construction Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Mechanical and Automotive Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Electrical / Electronic Technology Education
  • 2 years Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • 2 years Diploma in Automotive Technology
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology

Weekend/Evening Programmes

  • B. Sc. Marketing
  • B. B. A. Management
  • B.SC. Administration (Banking & Finance Option)
  • B.SC. Administration (Business Information System Option)
  • B.SC. Administration (Accounting Option)
  • B. B. A. Executive Office Administration
  • B.SC. Administration (Procurement and Supply Chain Management Option)
  • B. Sc. Mathematics Education
  • B. Sc. Information Technology Education
  • B. Sc. Information Technology (Evening)
  • B.Sc. Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • B.B.A. Human Resource Management

Masters Programmes in UEW Kumasi Campus

Graduate Programmes (Full Time)

  • M.Phil. Construction Technology or Management (Option)
  • M.Phil. Wood Science and Technology
  • M.Phil. Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • M.Phil. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology
  • M.Phil. Mathematics Education
  • M.Phil. Educational Leadership
  • M.Phil. Philosophy
  • Ph.D. Construction Tech/Management
  • Ph.D. Wood Science & Technology
  • Ph.D. Mathematics Education
  • M.Phil. Management Education
  • M.Phil. Business Management
  • 1-year top-up M.Phil. Business Management
  • 1-year top-up M.Phil. Accounting
  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership

Graduate Programmes (Sandwich)

  • M.Tech – Construction (Technology Option)
  • M.Tech – Construction (Management Option).
  • M.Tech – Electricals/Electronics Engineering
  • M.Tech – Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • M.Tech – Wood Science & Technology
  • M.Tech – Fashion and Textiles
  • M.Tech – Catering and Hospitality
  • M.SC. – Information Technology Edu.
  • M.ED – Mathematics Education
  • M.A. – Educational Leadership

Graduate Programmes (Weekend)

  • M.Sc. Information Technology Education
  • MBA Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • MBA Accounting
  • MBA Finance
  • MBA Marketing

Sandwich Programmes

  • B.Sc. Construction Technology Education
  • B.Sc. Wood Technology Education
  • B.Sc. Mechanical and Automotive Technology Education
  • B.Sc. Electrical / Electronic Technology Education
  • B.Sc. Sustainable Energy Systems
  • B. Sc. Mathematics Education
  • B. Sc. Catering and Hospitality Management Education
  • B.Sc. Fashion Design and Textiles Education
  • Post Diploma Construction Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Wood Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Mechanical and Automotive Technology Education
  • Post Diploma Electrical / Electronic Technology Education
  • 2 years Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • 2 years Diploma in Automotive Technology
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Diploma in Education

UEW Kumasi Campus Minimum Requirements

The following requirements are to be met in addition to other programme specific requirements.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Senior High School (SHS) Certificate Holders

WASSCE certificate holders must have at least six (6) credit passes (A1-C6) including three (3) Core Subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies, as well as three (3) relevant electives subjects with a total aggregate of 36 or better.

SSSCE certificate holders must possess six (6) credit passes or better (A-D) in three (3) Core Subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies, as well as three (3) relevant elective subjects with a total aggregate of 36 or better.

School Certificate/GCE Holders must have Five (5) credits at GCE “O” Level, including English Language and Mathematics as well as two (2) “A” Level passes other than General Paper in relevant subjects. They must also satisfy the Special Programme requirement(s) for programme(s) chosen

TVET Applicants

One of the following qualifications: Automotive Technology; Motor Vehicle Technician III (MVT III), Mechanical Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technician III (MET III), Construction Technology; Construction Technician Certificate III and Electricals/Electronics Technology; Electrical Technician Engineering.

POST-DIPLOMA APPLICANTS (Diploma Holders)

They must possess a Higher National Diploma or its equivalence in a relevant field of study from a recognised institution. (Successful Post-Diploma applicants may be placed at Level 200 or 300 of the four-year degree programme depending on their academic qualifications)

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Ph.D. PROGRAMMES

Applicant should possess:

  • A researched Master’s Degree in the relevant field of study from an accredited institution.
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above in the courses offered at the Master’s degree level.
  • At least grade ‘B’ in the dissertation presented for the Master’s degree.

M.PHIL/M.SC/M.ED/M.A/MBA PROGRAMMES

Applicant must have:

  • A good first degree (2nd Class Lower or better in the relevant discipline from a recognised University.
  • A Pass in a selection interview and/or entrance examination to be organized by the Department.

Faculties & Schools

  1. Faculty of Applied Sciences and Mathematics Education
  2. Faculty of Business Education
  3. Faculty of Technical Education
  4. Faculty of Vocational Education
  5. Faculty of Education and Communication Sciences
  6. Faculty of Agriculture Science Education
  7. Faculty of Science Education
  8. Faculty of Environment and Health Education
  9. Faculty of Education and General Studies

Academic Departments

  1. Department of Information Technology Education
  2. Department of Mathematics Education
  3. Department of Accounting Studies
  4. Department of Management Studies
  5. Department of Construction & Wood Technology Education
  6. Department of Automotive & Mechanical Technology Education
  7. Department of Electrical & Electronics Technology Education
  8. Department of Catering & Hospitality Education
  9. Department of Fashion & Textiles Design Education
  10. Department of Languages Education
  11. Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  12. Department of Crop and Soil Science Education

Concluding Thoughts

In conclusion, UEW Kumasi Campus is a strong educational institution that is committed to teaching and upholding the values of education in Africa.

The campus has been able to achieve this through its commitment to quality education by providing students with an excellent learning environment. It also provides opportunities for research that contributes significantly towards improving human knowledge. In addition, it offers various courses at different levels so as to cater to all learners’ needs. 

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