University for Development Studies (UDS)

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The University for Development Studies (UDS) is one of the public Universities in Ghana which was established in May 1992 by the PNDC Law 279. The UDS was established to provide constructive and meaningful interaction between the community and academia in Ghana. The Central Administration of UDS is located in Tamale, which is the capital of the Northern Region. The University is structured into Faculties, School, and Centres/Institutes. One of the unique features of the University is the fact that it has successfully blended its academic programmes with intensive community–based field practical training programme, called the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP). UDS runs a trimester system and the third trimester of each academic year is devoted for the TTFPP. Students are put in groups and posted to specific rural communities where they interact with the community members for 8 weeks. The students prepare detail community profile, identify the problems of the communities with the people and propose interventions for the problems identified. The following facts makes UDS unique compared to other public universities in Ghana:

  1. The vision of UDS is pro-poor aimed at addressing the conditions and structural causes of poverty in northern Ghana.
  2. UDS is the only university in Ghana which runs a community-technical interface programme known as the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).The TTFPP is designed to develop in students the ability to combine their theoretical knowledge with community-based field practical work for the development of rural communities in Ghana.

In the over 25 years of existence of UDS, it has been admitting students from Ghana and the African sub region as well as exchange students from the US, Canada, Germany etc. The Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) as well as the African Centre of Excellence for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture has some special features that are very interesting for foreign students. VISION The University is envisaged to be a home of world class pro-poor scholarship. This is reflected in its methodology of teaching, research and outreach programmes. MISSION The UDS seeks to achieve its vision by: Promoting equitable and socio-economic transformation of communities through practically oriented, community based, problem solving, gender sensitive and interactive research, teaching, learning and outreach activities. Providing higher education to persons suitably qualified for and capable of benefiting from it. Positioning itself as a national asset in the facilitation of lifelong learning. Developing its information and communication technology infrastructure as the driving force for the education of more people, more rapidly and the improvement of efficiency and academic quality in order to advance community and national development. CORE VALUES

  • Integrity: We demand the highest standards of ourselves to earn the trust of others
  • Loyalty: We will demonstrate a strong resolve to give back selflessly to our University
  • Excellence: We will strive to do things better, setting challenging goals and continuously improving and innovating to deliver the best possible outcomes
  • Diversity: We value diversity among our students and staff and we will be committed to the establishment of an atmosphere where individuals can get equal opportunities to challenge, self-develop and learn for growth and leadership
  • Commitment: We are committed to knowledge generation that positively impacts the lives of those within and outside our university community.


  1. A stable financial system in place
  2. Innovative academic programmes developed in line with current realities
  3. Enhanced and relevant TTFPP in place
  4. Enhanced governance structure in place
  5. Enhanced and modernized infrastructure in place
  6. Strengthened and expanded ICT for all university activities available
  7. Improved innovation research for community and national development
  8. Enhance Total Quality Management system in place Membership: Since 2021 Representative: Dr. Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba,