University for Development Studies (UDS)

The University for Development Studies (UDS) is Ghana’s first public university in the North. It was established in May, 1992 by the Government of Ghana (PNDC Law    279) to “blend the academic world with that of the community in order to provide constructive interaction between the two for the total development of Northern Ghana, in particular, and the country as a whole.

UDS was borne out of the new thinking in higher education which emphasizes the need for universities to play a more active role in addressing problems of the society, particularly in the rural areas (Effa, 1998).

The University by its mandate and constituency has a pro-poor focus. This is reflected in its methodology of teaching, research and outreach services. The specific emphasis on practically-oriented, research and field-based training is aimed at contributing towards poverty reduction in order to accelerate national development.



  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Integrated Development Studies
  • Faculty of Planning and Land Management
  • Faculty of Education
  • Dean of Students Affairs


  • Navrongo
  • Nyankpala
  • Tamale
  • Wa


  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Business and Law
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Graduate School


  • Institute of Distance Learning




Postal Address
Box TL 1350, Tamale, Ghana

Digital Address

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