Tamale Technical University is Africa’s premier University in northern Ghana in the delivery of world-class technical and vocational education. The university traces its history to a trades school in 1951 and a Technical Institute in 1963. It received Technical University classification in 2018 following its conversion from a Polytechnic under the Technical Universities Act, 2016 (Act 922).
The University has autonomy to run as a Public tertiary educational institution in Ghana. All the programs run by the University are accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB). The Higher National Diploma Programs are supervised by the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX).
The University has a student population of about 7000 made of various nationalities. There is strong promotion of cultural diversity reflected in the student numbers and background. There are currently students from across Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Mali and Nigeria. Academic excellence is a reflections of the diversity of the student population and absolute emphasis on hands-on practical training, coupled with strong industry linkage.
Tamale Technical University is a member of the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa. It also has membership of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutes, Ghana and Conference of Rectors of Polytechnics and Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities, Ghana.
The University has a very good standing in the world Universities’ rankings in the area of applied research and technology. This is manifested in the form of awards won. The institution was awarded by the International Institute of Governance and Development, South Africa for innovation, integrity and Development in 2014. It also received the Best Behaved Institution at the 7th edition of the Inter-tertiary institution debate competition in Africa in 2014, organized by Impact Africa. The Nova Scotia Agricultural College also in 2010 accorded the University partnership recognition for commitment to the Development of Rural Entrepreneurship. The Ghana Tourism Authority recently awarded the University for Best Performer in Tourism Education, 2018.
Tamale Technical University is located within the Education Ridge area of Tamale, which is about two kilometres away from the Central Business District. It is digitally located on NS-011-9772. The University’s strategic location gives easy access to various significant places of attraction. It gives a significant hassle-free travel distance to the Gambaga escarpement. It provides easy reach also to the, Laribanga mosque, Damongo game reserve, Mognori ecovillage and Kulmasa traditional ritual site.
The mission of the University is to provide higher education and undertake research in engineering, technical and vocational based disciplines using practical and competency-based approach that would produce professionals for industry.
The vision of the University is to become an internationally reputable institution of excellence in the provision of technical education.