University of Ghana
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian Universities and tertiary institutions. It is one of the best Universities in Africa and by far the most prestigious in West Africa .
It was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961, and now has nearly 32,000 students.
The Great Hall and Legon Tower of learning
The original emphasis was on the liberal arts, social sciences, basic science, agriculture, and medicine, but (partly as the result of a national educational reform programme) the curriculum was expanded to provide more technology-based and vocational courses and postgraduate training.
The University is mainly based at Legon, about twelve kilometres northeast of the centre of Accra. The medical school is in Korle Bu, with a teaching hospital and secondary campus in the city of Accra.It also has a Graduate school of nuclear and allied sciences at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission,making it one of the few universities in Africa offering programmes in nuclear sciences
Establishment of The University
THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission, on Higher Education in the then British colonies. The Asquith Commission, which was set up in 1943 to investigate Higher Education, recommended among other things, the setting up of University Colleges in association with the University of London. This was followed up by a number of separate Commissions in different regions. The West Africa Commission was under the Chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot. The Elliot Commission published a majority report which recommended the establishment of two University Colleges in the Gold Coast (Ghana) and Nigeria, and a minority report which held that only one University College for the whole of British West Africa was feasible. The British Government at first accepted the minority report of the Elliot Commission and decided that a University College for the whole of British West Africa should be established at Ibadan in Nigeria. But the people of the Gold Coast could not accept this recommendation. Led by the scholar and politician, the late Dr. J.B. Danquah, they urged the Gold Coast Government to inform the British Government that the Gold Coast could support a University College. The British Government accordingly reviewed its decision and agreed to the establishment of the University College of the Gold Coast.
The University College of the Gold Coast was founded by Ordinance on August 11, 1948 for the purpose of providing for and promoting university education, learning and research. Its first Principal was the late Mr. David Mowbray Balme. Mr. Balme was far-sighted, courageous and dedicated to the promotion of scholarship. By his vision, industry and single-mindedness of purpose, he built a college and laid the foundations for a sound University which is now a source of pride. In his ten years of Principalship, he created an institution whose key-note was orderly living with dignity in a community of scholars. One of the recommendations of the Asquith Commission was that the British Government should set up an Inter-Universities Council to advise on all matters relating to Higher Education in the new British Colonies. The Inter-Universities Council served the new University College of the Gold Coast in an advisory capacity, but it approved all academic appointments. This arrangement helped the College to maintain the high academic standards associated with the Universities in Britain. Also, it enabled the College to seek support of the Council in obtaining funds from the United Kingdom Government sources.
From its inception, the University College of the Gold Coast was admitted to the Scheme of Special Relationship extended by the University of London to certain English and overseas University Colleges. Under this scheme, the University College was allowed to teach for the external degree examinations of London University. It also allowed the College to modify the London syllabuses to suit local conditions and to take part in the setting and marking of examinations. But London University gave final approval to courses and examinations since the degrees given were those of the University of London. For thirteen years, therefore, the University College looked up to two separate institutions in Great Britain: to the Inter-Universities Council for guidance on its broad policy, and to the University of London for approval and control of details of degree regulations. The University College benefitted greatly from this arrangement which certainly helped to maintain its high academic standards.
In the 1960-61 academic year, the College Council made a request to the Government of Ghana for legislation to constitute the University College into a University with the power to award its own degrees. The Government appointed an International Commission to examine the problem. On the recommendations of that Commission, the University of Ghana was set up by an Act of Parliament on October 1, 1961 (Act 79). The then President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, became the first Chancellor of the University, with Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, BLitt DPhil (Oxon), Omanhene of Essikado, as the (Interim) Vice Chancellor.
The campus of the University lies about 13 kilometres north-east of Accra, the capital of Ghana, at an altitude of between 300 and 400 feet. From the Main University Gate on the Dodowa Road, the University Avenue extends to Commonwealth Hall on Legon Hill.
Along it are grouped other Halls of Residence, Departments, lecture theatres and laboratories. Mid-way, an open space - the University Square - with an ornamental pool is over-looked by the Balme Library (named after David Mowbray Balme, the first Principal of the University College). Across from the University Square are sports fields, a central cafeteria and halls of residence. Behind Commonwealth Hall is an open-air theatre with a Grecian style auditorium built into the slope of Legon Hill. On the summit of Legon Hill is the Convocation Group of Buildings which houses the University’s administration offices, the Great Hall, with a seating capacity of 1,500 and a Tower donated by the Government of Ghana in 1957 to commemorate Ghana’s Independence. On the southern side of the campus are residential accommodation for staff, the University Primary School, the Manciple’s Organisation and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, while on the Northern side are teaching departments, lecture theatres and laboratories. Across the Accra-Dodowa road from the Main University Gate is a Police Station, and behind it is a University Hospital with 100 beds, 20 cots and houses for members of the Junior Staff.
The College of Health Sciences has its administration as well as the Medical/Dental/Allied Health Sciences Schools located at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, which is about three kilometres west of the centre of Accra, and about 18 kilometres from the main University campus.
The Library started as the "College Library" when the parent institution the then University College of the Gold Coast was set up in 1948 as a College of the University of London; located at Achimota college, about 8 kilometres from the present Legon campus. In 1959, the "College Library" moved into its brand new buildings on Legon campus with its parent institutions and was named after the latter's first Principal, David Mowbrary Balme, a British expatriate.The Balme Library, one of Africa’s most distinguished research libraries is the main library of the University of Ghana Library System. It is located on the main campus of the University.
It consists of 6 departments and 1 special library for the physically hancicapped. The library's collections include more than 100 thousand books, 500 microfilms, CD's, tapes and impressive holdings of rare books, prints and archives. The library also offers access to extensive electronic resources.
It coordinates from the main Legon Campus a large number of libraries attached to the various Schools, Institutes, Faculties, Departments and Halls of Residence of the University, most of which are autonomous. The Library is the nerve centre for academic work in the University. All academic related functions such as teaching, research and learning find their support-base in the library where all types of documents, are organised for easy access to members of the University community.
College of Health Sciences
There are four faculties, one school and one research institute under this college. Medical School
- Department of Anaesthesia
- Department of Anatomy
- Department of Chemical Pathology
- Department of Child Health
- Department of Community Health
- Department of Haematology
- Department of Medical Biochemistry
- Department of Medicine and Therapeutics
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Department of Pathology
- Department of Pharmacology
- Department of Physiology
- Department of Psychiatry
- Department of Radiology
- Department of Surgery
University of Ghana Dental School
- Department of Biomaterials Science
- Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology
- Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery
- Department of Orthodontics & Pedodontics
- Department of Public Health Dentistry
- Department of Restorative Dentistry
- Department of Biomedical sciences
School of Allied Health Sciences
- Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Department of Physiotherapy
- Department of Radiography
- Department of Dietetics
School of Nursing
This is located on the Legon campus though its students receive practical training at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
School of Pharmacy
Institutions and Schools
School of Public Health
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research is a semi-autonomous institute of the University of Ghana, Legon. Founded in 1979, the Institute is the result of joint efforts by Professor E. O. Easmon, Dean of the University of Ghana Medical School, Professor Kenji Honda of the Fukushima Medical School in Japan, and the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The original facilities of NMIMR were built with an aid grant from the Government of Japan as a gift to the people and Government of Ghana in memory of the renowned Japanese medical scientist Dr. Hideyo Noguchi.
The broad mandates of the Institute are to conduct research into the major communicable and non-communicable diseases of the tropics, provide medical research training opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students in tertiary institutions, and provide high-end laboratory diagnostic and monitoring services in support of public health programmes.
Since inception, the Institute has been dedicated to becoming a centre of excellence for biomedical research into disease of public health importance, especially in Ghana. An early example of activities at the local level is from the early 1980’s. To test the effect of the provision of health services on infant and child mortality in areas with little or no health infrastructure, the Epidemiology Department set up field stations in the Gomoa villages of Fetteh, Onyadze, Otsew-Jukwa and Mprumem in the Central Region of Ghana. The Department introduced childhood immunization, antenatal services, treatment of minor illnesses, and with the help of “local change agents” (residents), provided basic sanitation to the communities. The local change agents were trained to provide child welfare services, and helped run the regular clinics held in the villages. During the period 1984-1988, infant mortality reduced from about 140 per 1000 live births to 47 per 1000. The child mortality rate also fell from 120 per 1000 to below 50 per 1000. The clinic at Gomoa Onyadze was built through joint efforts of the Department, the local community, and JICA. After concluding the research, the Department continued to support monthly child welfare and antenatal clinics in Gomoa Fetteh.
Through the decades, the list of strong financial and technical supporters and research collaborators of the Institute has grown long. It now includes government agencies, universities, institutes, and laboratories both public and private in Belgium, Denmark, France, Japan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, the UK, the USA, and ten of the West African nations. The Institute has extended its sphere of activity in Africa through its training programs, and mass drug administration programs. The Institute continues to participate in major health initiatives and networks such as Roll Back Malaria, the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), the Gates Foundation projects, the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET), the Afro Immunoassay Network, the African Rotavirus Surveillance Network, and numerous World Health Organization (WHO) projects. For example, staffs of other universities and research centres from Burkina Faso and Togo have been trained on the use of the technique of growing malaria parasites in culture, a technique developed by the Institute.
The institute has the following departments
Animal Experimentation Dept.
Clinical Pathology Dept.
and Histopathology Dept.
- Epidemiology Dept.
- Nutrition Dept.
- Immunology Dept.
- Parasitology Dept.
- Virology Dept.
- Centres and labs at Noguchi
- West African Centre for International Parasite Control,
- ACUTE FEBRILE ILLNESSES LABORATORY,
- Clinical Trials Facility,
- Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre.
College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
- Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
- Department of Agricultural Mechanization
- Department of Agricultural Extension
- Department of Animal Science
- Department of Family and Consumer Sciences(formerly Home Science)
- Department of Soil Science
- Department of Crop Science
- Agricultural Research Station - Kade
- Agricultural Research Station - Kpong
- Agricultural Research Station - Nungua
- The University has recently established a school for veterinary medicine
There are six faculties outside the above colleges.
Faculty of Arts
- Department of Classics
- Department of Linguistics
- Department of English
- Department of Modern Languages (Arabic, Spanish, Swahili, French, German and Chinese)
- Department of Philosophy
- Department for the Study of Religions (The department coordinates the affiliations with five seminaries / theological colleges)
- School of Performing Arts
Faculty of Social Studies
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Archaeology
- Department of Economics
- Department of Geography & Resource Development
- Department of Global and Cultural Studies (currently in the testing phase)
- Department of History
- Department of Information Studies
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Social Work
Faculty of Science
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Mines
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Telecom
- Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science (formally Zoology)
- Department of Botany
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Earth Science (formerly Department of Geology)
- Department of Statistics
- Department of Nutrition & Food Science
- Department of Oceanography & Fisheries
- Department of Physics
- Department of Psychology
- School of Nuclear And Allied Sciences (postgraduate training only; campus at the Ghana Atomic Agency Corporation)
University of Ghana Business School
- Department of Accounting
- Department of Banking and Finance
- Department of Marketing and consumer studies
- Department of Operations & Management Information Systems
- Department of Organization & Human Resources Management
- Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management
Faculty of Law
The law faculty at the University of Ghana has decided to make law a post-first degree programme.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana is the premier centre for legal education in Ghana and continues to lead the way in preparing students for the legal profession. The Faculty was first established as a department of the Faculty of Social Studies in the 1958/59 academic year and became a full fledged Faculty in the 1960/61 academic year. The Faculty is distinguished by an enviable pedigree. From its inception, it has been a seat of intellectual excellence, a fact borne out by the national and international achievements and stature of its alumni.
Faculty of Engineering Sciences
- Department of Food Process Engineering
- Department of Computer Engineering
- Department of Agricultural Engineering
- Department of Material Science and Engineering
- Department of Biomedical Engineering
Institutes and schools
- Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research
- Institute of African Studies
Established in 1961, it conducts fundamental research in areas of African Languages, history and culture, and runs interdisciplinary courses leading to MPhil and PhD degrees in African Studies. The Institute also organizes introductory courses in African Studies for all Level 200 students in the undergraduate degree programme of the University. These courses, which cover two semesters, are compulsory. A pass in African Studies is required for the award of a bachelor’s degree of the University. Orientation courses are available for special admission students from other institutions and agencies. Interdisciplinary seminars and symposia are organized regularly. There is a Visual Arts Section with cultural exhibits for teaching and research. The Institute’s library supplements the Africana collection of the Balme Library. Attached to the Institute is the Ghana Dance Ensemble – a resident professional dance company which was started in 1962 by the then Ghana Institute of Arts and Culture to link the University of Ghana with the national theatre movement..
Institute of Adult Education
Established originally as the Department of Extra-Mural Studies in 1948, the Institute provides university-based adult education through its branches and workers’ colleges throughout the country. It provides both formal and non-formal programmes. The formal programmes consist of Diploma, Graduate Diploma and Masters and Doctoral degree courses in Adult Education; external degree courses in the Humanities, and Management and Accounting, remedial courses for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE). The non-formal programmes comprise community education programmes in health, family life education, nutrition, civic education, community initiative and adult literacy. The Institute is directly involved with the organisation of a People’s Education Association to support its work. Public lectures, seminars and workshops form a vital part of the Institute’s activities. The most popular and national of these is the Annual New Year School which has been held regularly since 1948. .
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
Regional Institute for Population Studies
School of Public Health
School of Communication Studies
School of Research & Graduate Studies,
School of Performing Arts (with the following departments):
Department of Theatre Arts
Department of Music
Department of Dance Studies
Abibigromma Theatre Company
Institute of Environmental and sanitation sciences
Research and learning Centres
Centre for Social Policy Analysis
Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Centre for Migration
International Centre for African Music and Dance
Centre for Tropical Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Centre for Biotechnology Research
Centre for African Wetlands
West African Centre for Crop Improvement
The United Nations University for Natural Resources in Africa
Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy(CEGENSA)
Regional Training Centre for Archivists
Legon Botanical Gardens
The Ghana Herbarium
Centre for African Foods
Centre for West African foods
Centre for International foods
centre for Ghana foods
African Regional centre for training in post graduate insect science
The university has these facilities in the various regions where it runs a variety of programmes including degree courses. The Awudome College has residential facilities that enable short courses over weekends and other durations to be run there.
Accra Workers’ College, Accra
Awudome Residential Workers’ College, Tsito
Bolgatanga Workers’ College, Bolgatanga
Cape Coast Workers’ College, Cape Coast
Ho Workers’ College, Ho
Koforidua Workers’ College, Koforidua
Kumasi Workers’ College, Kumasi
Takoradi Workers’ College, Takoradi
Tamale Workers’ College, Tamale
Tema Workers’ College, Tema
Sunyani Workers’ College, Sunyani
Wa Workers’ College, Wa
Halls of Residence
Legon Hall (Ladies and Gentlemen)
Akuafo Hall (The Farmers)
Commonwealth Hall (The V.A.N.D.A.Ls)
Volta Hall (Ladies with Vision and Style)
Mensah Sarbah Hall (The Vikings)
Jubilee Hall( alumni hall)
The university has built four new halls which were commissioned in 2011
Alexander kwapong hall,
Jean Nelson hall,
Hilla limann hall and a
fourth hall yet to be named).
University Of Ghana Hostels
International Students' Hostel (I and II)
Valco Trust Hostel
Private Hostels On Campus
Ghana Hostels Ltd(Pentagon).
Bani International Hostel
Bank and Postal Services
The Ghana Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, HFC Bank and ECOBANK Ghana have branches on the Legon campus. They provide services to the students, staff and people living around the campus. Apart from the Internal Mail Office which facilitates postal services within the University, the University has a national postal service (Ghana Post) branch on campus.Other banks with no branch on campus do provide ATM services
A number of institutions and colleges hold affiliations with the university for the purpose of enrolment, teaching and award of degrees and diplomas of the University
African Institute of Science and Technology, Mbaise - Diploma, Higher Diploma, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Technology/Master of Business Administration/ Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in various disciplines.
Catholic University College, Fiapre, Sunyani - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of (Information/Commercial/Technology)
Christian Service University College, Kumasi - Diploma
Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College - Masters Degree
Ghana Baptist Seminary, Abuakwa-Kumasi - Diploma
Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Accra - Bachelor of Arts (Journalism & Public Relations)
Ghana Institute of Languages, Accra - Bachelor of Arts (Translation)
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Greenhill, Accra - Masters Degree in Development (MDM)Website
Hi-Technology University, Mbaise - B.Sc., B.A., M.Sc., M.A., MBA, and Ph.D.
Islamic University College, East Legon - Bachelor of Arts
Methodist University College, Dansoman, Accra - Bachelor of Arts/Business Administration
National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Accra - Bachelor of Arts (Film & Television) Website
Pentecost University College, Sowutuom, Accra - Certificate/Diploma
Regional Maritime Academy - Diploma/Post-Graduate Diploma (Shipping & Port Management)Website
Saint Paul Seminary, Sowutoum, Accra - Bachelor of Arts
Saint Peter's Major Seminary, Cape Coast - Diploma/Bachelor of Arts
Saint Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale - Diploma/Bachelor of Arts Pontificia Università Urbaniana
Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon - Diploma/Bachelor of Arts Presbyterian Church USA
University College of Wisconsin International - Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Management Website
African University College of Communication,Accra
University of Ghana is a member of the African Institute of Science and Technology and the member of the Consortium of Academic Stewards for The Scholar Ship.
Associations and Links
The University of Ghana is a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU). The University is also a member the League of World Universities (which comprise 47 renowned research universities all over the world). The University has also established academic and research links with several Universities and Research Institutions worldwide. In addition, the University has also been linked to the Norwegian Universities’ Committee for Development Research and Education (NUFU), the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) based in New York, International Student Exchange Programmes (ISEP) and the Commonwealth Universities Student Exchange Consortium (CUSAC), among others.
Komla Dumor is currently a television news presenter for the BBC's international news channel, BBC World, presenting BBC World News and Africa Business Report. Prior to joining the BBC he worked for JOY FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalist Association. Dumor is the only West African news reader on BBC World News.
Vicki Miles-LaGrange (born 1953) is the Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was the first African American woman to be sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was also the first African American female elected to the Oklahoma Senate.
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, – Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
Prof. John Atta Mills – former Law professor and Vice President of Ghana (1997–2001), Current President of Ghana (2009 to present).
Patrick Kwateng Acheampong – Inspector General of Police of the Ghana Police Service (2005 to 2009)
George Kingsley Acquah – Chief Justice of Ghana (2003 – 2007).
Dr. Paul Kingsley Acquah - former Governor of the Bank of Ghana
Peter Ala Adjetey – former speaker of the Parliament of Ghana (2001–2005).
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – former Foreign minister and former Attorney-General of Ghana.
Dr. Kingsley Y. Amoako – former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.
Dr. Kwesi Botchwey – former law lecturer and finance minister of Ghana (1982–1995).
Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas – Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States.
Kwesi Dickson – former President of Methodist Church Ghana, Emeritus Professor, author and theologian.
Kwabena Dufuor – Finance Minister and former Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng – Cardiothoracic surgeon and Chief Executive of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital was first black African to perform heart transplant and he established the National Cardiothoracic Centre.
Dr. F.I.D Konotey-Ahulu – A world leading authority on sickle cell anaemia
Prof. Judge Mrs. Akua Kuenyehia – Vice President, International Criminal Court (2003-Date)
John Dramani Mahama – Vice President of Ghana (2009 to present)
Prof. Tawiah Modibo Ocran – Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana (2004 to 2008).
Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye – Former Minister of Communication (2005 to 2009) and Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya (2005 to present).
Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes - Speaker of Parliament of Ghana (Jan 7 2005 - Jan 6 2009).
Tsatsu Tsikata – former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Company and Law lecturer at the University of Ghana.
Georgina Theodora Wood – first female Chief Justice of Ghana (since 2007).
Dr. Patience Essah - Masters and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor of History at Auburn University, in Auburn, AL and more specifically African Studies. She is the author of A House Divided: Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638-1865.
Akin Euba;Nigerian composer, musicologist, and pianist.He was former Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Lagos, and has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Nigeria. He served as Head of Music at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation for five years. Since December 1986 has served as a research scholar and artist in residence at IWALEWA House, the African studies center of the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He currently serves as Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the founder and director of the Centre for Intercultural Music Arts, London (founded in 1989), and currently serves on the Board of Management of The Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College (CIMACC).
George AyitteyGhanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. He is a professor at American University,and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute
David Ofori-AdjeiHe was elected to the Council of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology of the International Union of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology in 2000
Lauretta Vivian Lamptey,the Ghanaian Commissioner on Human Rights and Administrative Justice. She is a lawyer and an investment banker
Anna Bossman,former acting commisioner of CHRAJ
Ken Kanda is a Ghanaian diplomat. He is the Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations.
Nana Effah-Apenteng was the Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations between May 2000 and 2007.
Joseph Coleman de Graft (April 2, 1924 – November 1, 1978) was a prominent Ghanaian writer, playwright and dramatist who was appointed the first director of the Ghana Drama Studio in 1962
Her Ladyship Mrs. Justice Mabel Maame Agyemang née Banful (also Yamoa), is an expert Appeal Court judge for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Since she was called to the Ghanaian Bar in 1987 and the Ghanaian Bench soon after, she has served in the judiciaries of the governments of Ghana, The Gambia and Swaziland. She began working for the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2004, first being sent to The Gambia where she spent four years as a High Court judge  and then to Swaziland in a similar capacity. She is currently on secondment to The Gambia as an Appeal Court Judge. One of her recent notable judgments is her judgment on the right to free education in Swaziland
Emeritus Professor E. Laing
Prof. Charles Odamtten Easmon (First Ghanaian Surgeon and First Dean of University of Ghana Medical School)
Dr. Joyce R. Aryee (former Secretary, CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and Exec Dir., Salt and Light Ministries
Dr. Gobind Nankani, a Ghanaian national, is the Executive Director of International Growth Center, London. He is also, concurrently Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the President of Ghana, periodically visiting Ghana from London.
Dr. Nankani has been Chief Economist, South Asia and has also served, on leave from the World Bank, as an economic advisor to the Government of Ghana.He holds a PhD and MA degrees from Harvard University and a BSc degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. He was recently honoured with the Order of the Volta (2008).
Dr. K. Y. Amoako, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA
Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu ,United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 22 August 2007 announced the appointment of Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu of Ghana as his Deputy Special Representative (Rule of Law) for Liberia.Ms. Mensa-Bonsu has been a Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, and until recently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana. Beginning her professional career in Ghana Prisons Service as a Legal Advisor to the Director of Prisons, she has experience in all the sectors of Rule of Law either as Adviser, scholar or activist.
Hafiz Shabazz,master drummer and Director of the World Music Percussion Ensemble, is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist, performer, and lecturer at Dartmouth college,USA.He is an initiated member of the Ancestral Shrine of the Ashanti Nation in Ghana, West Africa, has authored articles for the Black Music Research Journal, and was a consultant with John Chernoff in the writing of African Rhythms and African Sensibilities.