70th Anniversary Launched

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Accra Technical University (ATU) launched its 70th anniversary celebrations at the university’s main auditorium on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 on the theme “70 Years of Innovative Education, A Path towards Excellence’’.
The celebration is aimed at bringing together alumni, staff and students, corporate Ghana, friends and well-wishers to celebrate the enviable strides the university has made in technical education since its inception in 1949.
In line with the occasion, the university has scheduled a full slate of events to celebrate the year-long celebrations.
The 70th Anniversary celebrations will feature exciting activities through to November 2019 including exhibitions, alumni lectures and a research conference, health walk and health screening. Other activities comprise an anniversary float, cleanup campaign and donations, inauguration of Retired Staff Association, fundraising events, and climax in December with a grand durbar, skills competition, awards and gala night.
According to the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edmund Ameko, the anniversary celebrations will not only focus on the achievements of the university but also an opportunity to take stock and reposition to be ahead of the curve. He added that the University will continue to execute its mandate of training highly skilled human resource for the job market and also building the capacities of personnel who were already on the field.
The Special Guest for the event was the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah. 
Infrastructure
As part of efforts to augment existing facilities, the event will also see the inauguration of five new facilities on campus. These include 32-room ATU Hotel, a 92-office complex for lecturers, an ICT block and Amatrol Laboratory, and a 60-room multipurpose block. Shedding light on the facilities, Professor Edmund Ameko, the acting Vice-Chancellor stressed that these facilities would go a long way to meet the needs of staff, faculty and students as well and lessen the stress on current facilities.
About ATU
Accra Technical University was the first Technical University to be established. It was established in 1949 as a Technical School and commissioned in 1957 as Accra Technical Institute. In 1963, the Institute was renamed Accra Polytechnic, by the orders of the then President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. By the Polytechnic Law of 1992 (PNDC 321), which became operative in the 1993/1994 academic year, Accra Technical University was elevated to a tertiary status. In 2007 the Polytechnic Act (Act 745) was promulgated and it repealed PNDC Law 321 of 1992, granting it autonomy to award the Higher National Diplomas (HND), Diplomas and other Certificates accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), and award Degrees subject to the conditions that the Council may determine. The Polytechnic was finally converted into a Technical University by virtue of the Technical University Act 2016 (Act 922).
Accra Technical University currently, offers Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree, Higher National Diploma (HND), Diploma and Professional certificate programmes.