University for Development Studies was established in 1992 as a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Tamale, Northern Region. University for Development Studies is officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Accreditation Board, Ghana (National Accreditation Board, Ghana). University for Development Studies (UDS) is a coeducational higher education institution. University for Development Studies (UDS) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. UDS was borne out of the new thinking in higher education which emphasizes the need for universities to play a more active role in addressing problems of the society, particularly in the rural areas (Effa, 1998). The University by its mandate and constituency has a pro-poor focus. This is reflected in its methodology of teaching, research and outreach services. The specific emphasis on practically-oriented, research and field-based training is aimed at contributing towards poverty reduction in order to accelerate national development. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment in African University College of Communications.

General Information

University Name: University for Development Studies

Nickname:    UDS

Year Established: 1992

University Motto:   Knowledge for Service

Country Rank: 11

World Rank: 6758                                                  

Academic Calendar: Semesters

Law School: Yes, School of Business and Law

Other Schools: Yes, University for Development Studies has five schools including Graduate School, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Business and Law and School of Engineering.

University for Development Studies has nine faculties including Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment (FNRE), Faculty of Planning and Land Management, Faculty of Communication Sciences and Cultural Studies.

The University has other Centre, Directorates, Institutes and Units including Directorate of Finance, Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Directorate of International Relations and Advancement, Directorate of Estates, Directorate of ICT, Directorate of Internal Audit, Directorate of Works and Physical Development, Directorate of Third Trimester Field Practical Programmes (TTFPP), Directorate of Procurement, Directorate of Health Services, Directorate of Sports, Directorate of Colleges of Education Affiliation, Institute for Distance and Continuing Education, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Consultancy Services, Desert Research Institute (DRI), Kazuhiko Takeuchi Centre of Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR), Business Innovation and Incubation Center (BIIC), West Africa Center of Excellence for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA), West Africa School for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAS-SRT), French Multimedia Centre, The Spanish Laboratory Complex, Quality Assurance Directorate Academic, Planning Unit, Registry Unit, Sports Unit, and Bursary Unit among others.

Accreditation: University for Development Studies is accredited by National Accreditation Board, Ghana (National Accreditation Board, Ghana)


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)

Library Collection: Yes, UDS Library

Trademark Filings and University Licensing: Nil

Degrees and Certificates Awarded: Multiple including Bachelor degrees in several areas of study.

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