Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology KNUST has admitted 856 students more than the University of Ghana in the 2015/2016 academic year.
Even though the University of Ghana received 35,630 applications that is 5,739 applications more than Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology which received a total of 29,891 applications, the total number of registered students for KNUST stood at 9,397 while that of the University of Ghana stood at 8,541.
It is noteworthy that, out of the 29,891 applicants who applied to KNUST, 21,138 applicants were qualified for admission. Of these, 16,757 were offered admission of which 9,397 registered for various programs both at graduate and undergraduate levels.
In the case of the University of Ghana, 35,630 applications were received of which 18,106 were admitted out of which 8,541 registered for various programs both at graduate and undergraduate levels. The speech of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana Prof. Ernest Aryeetey was silent on the total number of disqualified applications.
It is unclear what could account for the disparity. Perhaps the delay in the release of admissions for the University of Ghana which could be as a result of the huge number of applications may have compelled students admitted into other universities but are unsure of their status in the University of Ghana to register for other universities.
In his address, Prof. Ernest Aryeteey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana said limited facilities and human resources compels the university to turn down otherwise qualified applicants.
“The University continues to receive large numbers of application for admission each year. However, due to the limited facilities and human resources in the University, and in line with the process of recreating the University to be classified as a research university, by reducing undergraduate admissions while increasing graduate admissions, we are forced to once again turn down the applications of many otherwise qualified applicants” he emphasized.
The University of Ghana has gained great renown as the only University in Ghana and among the few in the sub-region to make it to recent world leading rankings of universities.