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University for Development Studies

Profile of the University

The University for Development Studies (UDS) is Ghana’s first public University in the North. It was established in May, 1992 by the Government of Ghana (PNDC Law    279) to “blend the academic work with that of the community in order to provide constructive interaction between the two for the total development of Northern Ghana, in particular, and the country as a whole (http://www.uds.edu.gh/about-us/history-and-facts. Retrieved October 10, 2018).

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.

It began academic work in September 1993 with the admission of forty (40) students into the Faculty of Agriculture (FoA), Nyankpala and currently has student population of 19,720.

With five (5) Schools, nine (9) Faculties, three (3) Institutes and 5 Centers (including two Centers of Excellence), the University operates a multi campus system: The Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS), Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM), School of Business and Law(SBL)and French Center are located on the Wa Campus. Faculty of Education(FoE),School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS), Graduate School, Institute of Inter-Disciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRaCS), Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) are on the Tamale Campus. Whereas the Nyankpala Campus houses the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment (FNRE), Faculty of Agriculture (FoA), Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences (FACS) and School of Engineering; the Navrongo Campus has the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS), Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS) and the Faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences (FEES). The oldest Faculty is FoA and the youngest is the FEES. The two Faculties were established in 1993 and 2017 respectively. The UDS currently runs both graduate and undergraduate programmes at the various campuses of the University. The University also runs community-outreach activities and research programmes geared towards creating an enabling environment for sustainable community development and economic growth. This is a combination of the academic and community-based field practical work known as the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).

Vision

The University is envisaged to be a Home of World Class Pro-Poor Scholarship. This   is reflected in its motto: “Knowledge for service” as well as its methodology of teaching, research and outreach programmes.

Mission

The mission of the University is to:

  1. Promote equitable and socio-economic transformation of communities through practically-oriented, community-based, problem-solving, gender- sensitive and interactive research, teaching, learning and outreach activities.
  2. Provide higher education to persons suitably qualified for and capable of benefiting from it.
  3. Position itself as a national asset in the facilitation of lifelong learning.
  4. Develop its Information and Communication Technology infrastructure as the driving force for the education of more people, more rapidly and the improvement of efficiency and academic quality in order to advance community and national development.

MEMBERS OF THE UDS GOVERNING COUNCIL

Nutifafa Kuenyehia, Esq., OOVChairman
Prof. Gabriel Ayum TeyeVice-Chancellor
Prof. Ismail bin YahyaGovernment nominee
Mrs. Joyce Agyeman AttafuahGovernment nominee
Dr. Francis Boateng AgyenimGovernment nominee
Dr. Kareem MumuniRepresentative, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
Hajia Amina Maidale MusahRepresentative, Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS)
Prof. Francis Kweku AmaglohRepresentative, Convocation (Professorial)
Dr. Felix Y. T. LongiRepresentative, University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)
Dr. Abdul-Razak AbizariRepresentative, Convocation (Non-Professorial)
Prof. Terry AnsahRepresentative, Alumni Association
Mr. Sulemana Abdul-RahmanRepresentative, Teachers and Educacational Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU)
Mr. Zakaria Abubakari SadiqRepresentative, Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG)
Mr. Dagungong ClementRepresentative, Students’ Representative Council (SRC)

In Attendance

Ing. Prof. Felix K. AbagalePro-Vice-Chancellor
Dr. A.B.T. ZakariahRegistrar/Secretary
Mr. Mohammed Hardi ShaibuDirector, Directorate of Finance
Prof. Kranjac-Berisavljevic GordanaDirector, Directorate of International Relations and Advancement
Ing. Samuel AbikoDirector, Directorate of Works and Physical Development
Mr. George Kweku DebrieDeputy Registrar/Recorder

UNIVERSITY LIBRARAIN

Mr. Edwin S. Thompson

CAMPUS PRINCIPALS

WaProf. Emmanuel Derbile (Ag)
NyankpalaProf. George Nyarko
NavrongoProf. Albert Luguterah
SCHOOLS  DEANS
·Graduate SchoolProf. Elias N. K. Sowley
·School of Medicine and Health SciencesProf. Francis Abantenga
·School of Allied Health SciencesProf. Nafiu Amidu
·School of EngineeringProf. Seini I. Y
·School of Business and LawDr. Yakubu Amudu Sare
FACULTIESDEANS
·Faculty of AgricultureProf. Albert K. Quainoo
·Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment Prof. Elliot Alhassan
·Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication SciencesProf. Samuel Donkor
·Faculty of Applied SciencesDr. Samson A. Abagale
·Faculty of Mathematical SciencesProf. Stephen Twum
·Faculty of Earth and Environmental SciencesDr. Boateng Ampadu
·Faculty of Integrated Development StudiesProf. Paul K. Nkegbe
·Faculty of Planning and Land ManagementProf. Emmanuel Derbile
·Faculty of EducationDr. Adams Sulemana Achanso
.Faculty of Communication Sciences and Cultural StudiesDr. Edward Salifu Mahama
·Graduate SchoolProf. Elias N. K. Sowley
·Dean of Students AffairsDr. Isaac Sackey
DIRECTORS
·Prof. Herbert K. DeiDirectorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (DAPQA)
·Prof. Gordana Kranjac- BerisavljevicDirectorate of International Relations and Advancement (DIRA)
·Mr. John AzureDirectorate of Internal Audit
·Mr. Mohammed Hardi ShabuDirectorate of Finance
·Prof. Francis ObengDirectorate of Community Relations and Outreach Programmes (DCROP)
·Dr. Abubakari AbdulaiInstitute of Inter-Disciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRaCS)
·Dr. Kabiru Korebele AzeezUniversity Health Directorate
·Surv. Dr. Akibu AbdulaiDirectorate of Estates
·Mr. Fredua Duke AgyemanDirectorate of Procurement
·Mr. Shaibu Ibrahim TankoDirectorate of Sports
·Dr. Ebenezer Owusu-SekyereDirectorate of Distance and Continuing Education
·Dr. Godfred Seidu JasawKazuhiko Takeuchi Centre for Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR)
·Prof. Haruna YakubuDesert Research Institute
·Dr. Richard YeboahBusiness Innovation and Incubation Centre (BIIC)
·Dr. Abdul-Wahid MohammedDirectorate of Information and Communication Technology
·Prof Anthony K. DonkorDirectorate of Colleges of Education Affiliation 

THE UDS ANTHEM

BEACON OF HOPE

U.D. S. – LIGHT FROM THE NORTH

U.D. S. – A PRIDE AND A HOPE

U.D. S. – IS AN ICON OF A NATION

WE’RE A LIGHT, AND A PRIDE, AND A BEACON OF

DEVELOPMENT

OUR KNOWLEDGE IS FOR SERVICE

HEREIN LAY THE CRADLE OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

PRACTICALIZING EDUCATION FOR LIFE

UNITING THE PEOPLE IN DEVELOPMENT

INSPIRING EVERY MIND, EVERY HEART AND EVERY HAND

PROVIDING THE BEST OF OUR HIGHER EDUCATION

PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS OVER US

UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

U. D. S. – YOU’RE THE HEART OF OUR MINDS

U. D. S. – DEVELOP OUR LAND

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