University for Development Studies

Box TL 1350, Tamale, Ghana +233-37-209-3697


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 work 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 is envisaged to be a Home of World Class Pro-Poor Scholarship. This is reflected in its motto: "Knowledge for Service" as well as its methodology of teaching, research and outreach programmes.


Promoting equitable and socio-economic transformation of communities through practically oriented, community based, problem solving, gender sensitive and interactive research, teaching, learning and outreach activities.

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