Accra Technical University

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The Accra Technical University was established in 1949 as a Technical School in Ghana and commissioned in 1957 as Accra Technical Institute and converted into a Technical University by the Parliament of Ghana in 2013.[3][4][5]

Accra Technical University
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P.O. Box GP 561


TypePublic Technical University
MottoTruth Excellence Service
Established1949 (1949)
School districtAccra Municipal District
CategoryTechnical University
ChairpersonRalph Kingston Asabere [1]
AdministratorProf. Samuel Nii Odai [2]
CampusesAccra Campus & Mpehuasem Campus
CampusAccra Campus & Mpehuasem Campus
Campus typeRegular / Distance or Part-time
AccreditationNational Accreditation Board, National Council for Tertiary Education
National ranking16
AffiliationsGhana Armed Forces School



Accra Technical University was the first Technical University to be established. It was established in 1949 as a Technical School and commissioned in 1957 as Accra Technical Institute. In 1963, the Institute was renamed Accra Polytechnic, by the orders of the then President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. By the Polytechnic Law of 1992 (PNDC 321),[6] which became fully operative in the 1993/1994 academic year, Accra Technical University was elevated to a tertiary status. The institution was then placed under the Higher Education Council with autonomy to award Higher National Diplomas (through the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations [NABPTEX]).[7]

With the passage of the PNDC Law 321, the University upgraded its programmes and facilities in it to provide middle-level manpower to revolutionise and feed the growing Ghanaian industries. Notwithstanding the difficulties that characterized the sudden change over from secondary to a tertiary status, Accra Technical University made a tremendous progress in its review and expansion of curricula to suit contemporary needs. Accra Technical University began to offer Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Building Technology, Civil Engineering, Furniture Design and Production, Secretaryship and Management Studies, Bilingual Secretaryship and Management Studies, Accountancy, Marketing, Purchasing and Supply, Hotel Catering and Institutional Management, Fashion Design and Textiles, Mathematics and Statistics, and Science Laboratory Technology. The technician courses offered by the Polytechnic were maintained.

University statusEdit

In 2007 the Polytechnic Act (Act 745) was promulgated and it repealed PNDC Law 321 of 1992.[8] This Act has granted the Polytechnics autonomy to award the Higher National Diplomas (HND), Diplomas and other Certificates accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), and award Degrees subject to the conditions that the council of that Polytechnic may determine. Accra Technical University currently, offers ten (10) Degree (Btec) and fifteen (15) HND Programmes. These programmes are run in three schools. As a tertiary institution, Accra Technical University is governed by a Council established under the Technical University Act

2016 (Act 745).[9]


The campus is located at Barnes road, Accra


The university has five faculties.

Faculty of EngineeringEdit

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering


Faculty of Built EnvironmentEdit

    Accra Technical University Ghana
    Department of Interior Design and Upholstery Technology
  • Department of Building Technology


Faculty of Applied SciencesEdit

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Science Laboratory Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


Faculty of Applied ArtsEdit

  • Department of Hotel Catering & Institutional Management (HCIM)
  • Fashion Design & Textile Department


Faculty of BusinessEdit

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Management and Public Administration
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
  • Marketing


HND ProgrammesEdit

With the upgrade in status, the technician courses previously offered by the school were maintained, and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in the following fields were added:


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  5. ^ "Accra Technical University confirms first COVID-19 case". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. ^ "Polytechnic Law - GhanaLegal - Legal Portal for Ghana".
  7. ^ "NABPTEX – giving learners the confidence to demonstrate and fulfill their potential".
  8. ^ "Technical Committee for degrees in Polytechnics in place".
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  10. ^ Accra Technical University. "Faculty of Engineering". Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Accra Technical University. "Faculty of Built Environment". Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Accra Technical University. "Faculty of Applied Sciences". Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Accra Technical University. "Faculty of Applied Arts". Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Accra Technical University. "Faculty of Business". Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)