The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST has admitted over 22,000 fresh students to pursue various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the University.
Speaking during a matriculation ceremony to formally usher some fresh students from the College of Agriculture and natural resources into the school, the provost of the college, Prof. Steve Amissah stated that in total, as at the time of matriculation, 22,011 students comprising of undergraduates and postgraduates had been registered including distance and regular students.
According to him, 56,548 persons applied out of which 43,877 qualified.
Out of the total number of persons who qualified, 22,011 have been offered admission and have registered.
“KNUST, as you are aware, is the most competitive across all the public universities in Ghana due to the variety and demand-driven nature of the programmes we offer. In total, 56,548 people applied for admission this year. Out of this number, 43,877 qualified. We have however been able to register only 22,011 undergraduate and postgraduate students constituting about 4% increase over last year’s figures. This is made up of 13,189 males and 8,822 females”.
Last year, 16,888 students were admitted out of the total of the 36,818 who qualified.
Prof. Steve Amissah further stated that the University is on course in its agenda of promoting female education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM.
“The Vice-Chancellor’s initiative to increase females in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is yielding fruits. We were able to increase female admission this year by 827 which represents 40% female population’’.
KNUST in recent times has been facing challenges with respect to accommodation on its campus.
The six traditional halls are unable to accommodate all fresh students who report to campus.
This year, first-year students who did not have residential accommodation in any of the traditional halls were forced to seek accommodation outside its campus.
The office of the dean of students liaised with some private hostel managers in order to connect fresh students to those hostels.
There have been calls by students and alumni for the University to provide more residential accommodation for students on campus.
KNUST has set up a new campus at Obuasi in the Ashanti region.
Matriculation will be held on 12th October 2019 for fresh students on the Obuasi campus.