University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA): Transforming education in Ghana

Stories and facts

Founded in 1965 as the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), the University Professional of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has emerged as a leading public university in Ghana, pioneering academic and professional business education.

Situated in the vibrant city of Accra, UPSA has a rich history of providing quality tertiary education and professional training.

Initially established as a private professional business education institution, UPSA was transferred to government control in 1978 under the Institute of Professional Studies Decree, 1978 (SMCD 200).

Subsequently, the Institute was granted tertiary institution status with a mandate to offer tertiary and professional education in accounting, management, and related fields under the Institute of Professional Studies Act (Act 566) of 1999.

In 2012, UPSA underwent a transformative change with the enactment of the University of Professional Studies Act (Act 850), officially renaming the institution as the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

This transition solidified UPSA's status as a fully-fledged public university, nationally and internationally accredited by the National Accreditation Board (Ghana) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) respectively.

UPSA has consistently demonstrated its commitment to innovation and excellence in education. In response to evolving trends in tertiary education and the job market, UPSA introduced a groundbreaking "dual qualification scheme" ahead of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Under this scheme, students pursuing degree programs are concurrently enrolled in corresponding professional programs such as ACCA, ICAG, CIM, CIMA, and ICSA, enhancing their employability and professional readiness upon graduation.

Beyond academic excellence, UPSA has invested in infrastructure development to enrich the student experience and foster community engagement.

In September 2020, President Nana Akufo-Addo inaugurated a state-of-the-art artificial stadium (AstroTurf) on the UPSA campus, providing a modern sporting facility for both students and the community. This initiative underscores UPSA's commitment to holistic student development and community outreach.

UPSA offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and diploma programs across various disciplines, including accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology management.

Notable alumni of UPSA include distinguished personalities such as Joshua Alabi, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, Albert Kan-Dapaah, and renowned musician Stonebwoy, among others.

In summary, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), continues to redefine education standards in Ghana, combining academic rigor with practical professional training to empower students for success in the global marketplace.

Through its innovative programs, commitment to excellence, and community engagement initiatives, UPSA remains at the forefront of transforming education and shaping future leaders in Ghana and beyond.




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