Today in History: KNUST was formerly opened January 22, 1952

Today in History: KNUST was formerly opened January 22, 1952

Exactly 68 years ago, on January 22, 1952, Kumasi College of Technology, now Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was officially opened.

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The University of Science and Technology succeeded the Kumasi College of Technology which was established by a government ordinance on October 6, 1951.

It was however, opened officially on January 22, 1952 with 200 teacher training students transferred from Achimota School, to form the nucleus of the new college.

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In October, 1952, the School of Engineering and the Department of Commerce were established and the first students were admitted.

From 1952 to 1955, the School of Engineering prepared students for professional qualifications only.

In 1955, the school embarked on courses leading to the University of London Bachelor of Engineering External Degree Examinations.

A Pharmacy Department was established in January, 1953, with the transfer of the former School of Pharmacy from Korle-Bu Hospital, Accra, to the College.

The department ran a two-year comprehensive course in pharmacy leading to the award of the Pharmacy Board Certificate.

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A Department of Agriculture was opened in 1953 to provide a number of ad hoc courses of varying duration, from a few terms to three years, for the Ministry of Agriculture.

A Department of General Studies was also instituted to prepare students for the Higher School Certificate Examinations in both Science and Arts subjects and to give instruction in such subjects as were requested by the other departments.

In 1957 the School of Architecture, Town Planning and Building was inaugrated. Once established, the College began to grow and in 1957, the School of Architecture, Town Planning and Building was inaugurated and its first students were admitted in January, 1958, for professional courses in Architecture, Town Planning and Building.

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Finally, in August 1961, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was birth from Kumasi College.

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