Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - KNUST • Kumasi, Ghana
Officially opened in January 1952, the Kumasi College of Technology later became the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, or KNUST, as it is known today. This public university first welcomed 200 Teacher Training students from Achimota School in the capital, Accra, to mark its opening.
KNUST is home to more than 40,000 students of both under- and postgraduate levels. The school’s motto is ‘the knot of wisdom is untied only by the wise.’
Its large main campus lies approximately 13km east of Kumasi; the capital city of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Similar to other Ghanaian institutes of higher education, during their studies many KNUST students live in nearby hostels approved by the university. Residence halls are also available on campus at KNUST.
The university is known for its educational standards and so attracts large numbers of international students. There is even an international student association at the school which caters to the needs of visiting students.
Academically, KNUST is divided into colleges, then further organised into faculties, and finally into departments. The colleges at the university are as follows; the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Arts and Built Environment, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science.
Also available at KNUST is its library and digital resources, the Institute of Distance Learning, and research centres. It maintains many affiliations such as Ho Polytechnic, Central University College, and Accra Institute of Technology.
A notable member of KNUST’s alumni network is former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.