Tamale Technical University began as a Trades Training Centre in 1951 and then became the Government Training School in 1954. It was converted to a junior Technical institute in 1960.
The School was elevated to a Polytechnic in August 23, 1992 and now to the statutes of a Technical University, in 2016. As a result of the Educational Reform Programme and the enactment of the PNDC Law 321 in 1992, Tamale Technical University was elevated to tertiary status together with Accra, Kumasi, Ho, Cape Coast and Takoradi Polytechnics. The Polytechnic now trains students up to the Post Graduate level, with provisions to mount second degree programmes soon.
Since the inception of the Technical University as a Trades Training Centre, its catchments area has been mainly the three regions of the north, that is, Northern, Upper East and Upper West. In spite of the fact that three regions of the north, that is Northern are now Polytechnics in very region across the country, the student population of the Tamale Technical University still has a reasonable level of influence in the three regions and even beyond. This is an indication that the Polytechnic continues to maintain a long – standing role as the premier training institution for middle and high levels of technical and managerial personnel for the north and beyond.
The mission of the University accordingly, is to;
(a) Provide tertiary education in the fields of manufacturing, commerce, science, technology, applied social science, applied arts and any other field approved of by the sector minister;
(b) Provide opportunities for skills development, training and competencies in the relevant fields, applied Research and publication of research findings.
(c) Linking training and development to the requirements of world of work and industry. Tamale Technical University envisions to become an information Technology driven tertiary institution with a cohesive workforce for the running of professional, certificate, Higher National Diploma (HND) and degree programmes relevant to national development; with the needs of the University sociology- economic environment centre.