History Kumasi College of Technology, KNUST officially opened in 1952 

Kumasi College of Technology, KNUST officially opened in 1952 

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Today in History on 22 January 1952, Kumasi College of Technology, Now Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was officially opened.

Kumasi College of Technology, Now KNUST was officially opened. 

The University of Science and Technology succeeded the Kumasi College of Technology

which was established by a Government Ordinance on 6th October 1951.

It was however, opened officially on 22nd January 1952 with 200 Teacher Training students transferred from Achimota, to form the nucleus of the new College.

October, 1952, School of Engineering and the Department of Commerce established

In October, 1952, the School of Engineering and the Department of Commerce were established and the first students were admitted.

From 1952 to 1955, the School of Engineering prepared students for professional qualifications only.

In 1955, the School embarked on courses leading to the University of London Bachelor of Engineering External Degree Examinations.

January, 1953 Pharmacy Department established

A Pharmacy Department was established in January, 1953, with the transfer of the former School of Pharmacy from Korle-Bu Hospital, Accra, to the College.

The Department ran a two-year comprehensive course in Pharmacy leading to the award of the Pharmacy Board Certificate.

1953 Department of Agriculture opened

A Department of Agriculture was opened in the same year to provide a number of ad hoc

courses of varying duration, from a few terms to three years, for the Ministry of Agriculture.

A Department of General Studies was also instituted to prepare students for the Higher

School Certificate Examinations in both Science and Arts subjects and to give instruction in such subjects as were requested by the other departments.

1957 inauguration of School of Architecture, Town Planning and Building

Once established, the College began to grow and in 1957, the School of Architecture, Town

Planning and Building was inaugurated and its first students were admitted in January,

1958, for professional courses in Architecture, Town Planning and Building.

As the College expanded, it was decided to make the Kumasi College of Technology a purely science and technology institution.

In pursuit of this policy, the Teacher Training College, with the exception of the Art School,

was transferred in January, 1958, to the Winneba Training College, and in 1959 the

Commerce Department was transferred to Achimota to form the nucleus of the present School of administration of the University of Ghana, Legon.

Accession to University Status – The birth of KNUST

December, 1960 Government of Ghana appoints a University Commission to advise it on the future development of University Education

In December, 1960, the Government of Ghana appointed a University Commission to

advise it on the future development of University Education in Ghana, in connection with

the proposal to transform the University College of Ghana and the Kumasi College of Technology into an independent University of Ghana.

Following the report of the commission which came out early 1961, Government decided to establish two independent Universities in Kumasi and at Legon near Accra.

22nd August, 1961 Accession to University Status – The birth of KNUST

The Kumasi College of Technology was thus transformed into a full-fledged University and

renamed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology by an Act of Parliament on 22nd August, 1961.

1966 Change of University name to University of Science and Technology

The University’s name was changed to University of Science and Technology after the Revolution of 24th February, 1966.

The University of Science and Technology was officially inaugurated on Wednesday, 20th November, 1961.

However, by another act of Parliament, Act 559 of 1998, the University has been renamed

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

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