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The Organizational Structure of the University comprises the University’s Governing Council which is constituted by Government, the Academic Board cascading to other Statutory Committees including Deans of Schools/ Faculties, Directors of Institutes and Heads of Departments.

Senior Members and the Unionized Staff are also involved in the governance by serving on various committees in the University.

The Council

The UPSA Act 850, 2012 under section 4(1) empowers the University Governing Council to ensure the implementation and achievement of the objectives of the University. As a result, the Council is at the apex of the governance structure. The Council ensures the effectiveness and efficiency of the University’s operations; reliability of financial reporting; compliance with laws and regulations; and safeguarding its assets. The Act gives power to the Council to appoint lecturers and other officials to academic and administrative positions and to oversee the internal organization of the University, including the establishment, variation and supervision of academic departments and faculties/ schools and Institutes.



Appointment of Senior Members of the University by the Council is done in accordance with the UPSA Statutes. However, in the case of the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar, appointments are made upon the recommendation of a Search Committee set up by the Council.

Student Involvement in Governance

The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) and Students Representative Council (SRC) of UPSA are involved in the decision making processes of the University through their representatives on committees such as the Governing Council, Tender, Security, Clinic Management, Industrial Relations, Library, Sports, Environment and Food Safety Committee, Bookshop Management, Timetable Committee, Hostel Committee and Matriculation Committee.  In addition, SRC members are invited to join ad-hoc committees when the University requires specific input or contributions from students.

GRASAG and SRC Self-Governance

The students elect their own leaders through democratic elections. The GRASAG/SRC manages its own finances, programmes and activities using laid down procedures, subject to approval by Management. It also has its own judicial system and grievance procedures. Additionally, it presents and supports its members for positions on national student bodies. Currently, the GRASAG and SRC have members on national bodies such as Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) Board, National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), National Youth Council (NYC) and the Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS).

Legislative Controls

The UPSA Act and the enabling Statutes enacted by the Governing Council provide direction regarding policies and programmes of the University. Other legislative instruments include the Public Procurement Act 2003, Act 663; Financial Administration Act, 2003, Act 654 and the Labour Act, 2003, Act 651.  The Act guides decisions on procurements and determines the spending authority of the Vice – Chancellor and other spending by officers.

Government has the responsibility of providing the resources and the enabling environment in which education, learning and research and innovation thrive. Government policies and directives are clearly conveyed through the appropriate recognized sector regulatory bodies including the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and Finance Ministry.


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The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) is a progressive public institution that provides both academic and professional higher education in Ghana.  With over fifty (50) years of experience, UPSA has achieved the reputation as the oldest Ghanaian human resource development institution in professional Accountancy and Management with many of its products in key leadership positions in Ghana and abroad. 


UPSA remains the only public institution in Ghana with the mandate to offer both academic degrees and provide tuition for business professional qualifications.  Combination of scholarship with professionalism is the foundation of UPSA’s unique profile. With this background, the University has built systems thereby laying the foundation for a distinctive academic and professional profile somewhat different from the requirements of a purely professional or academic institution. UPSA is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP) in USA.


Establishment of the University

The University of Professional Studies, (UPSA) formerly the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) was birthed out of a dream of a young man in 1967 as a private business professional institution.  By dint of hard work, the founder, Nana J.K. Opoku Ampomah successfully carved a niche for the Institute as the only tertiary educational institution to train professional accountants and administrators in the whole of West Africa at the time.  The institution has undergone a lot of restructuring over the years through to where it is today.


From a humble beginning as a Private Tutorial College in 1967, the Institution was taken over by government in 1978 by the Institute of Professional Studies Decree, 1979 (SMCD 200).  Subsequently, on 22nd April 1999, the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) Act, Act 566 was passed to establish the Institute as a tertiary institution with the responsibility of providing tertiary education in the academic disciplines of Accountancy and Management.


With great fortitude and hard work, the Presidential Charter was granted to the Institute in September, 2008 making it a fully-fledged university capable of awarding its own certificates, diplomas and degrees for its accredited programmes.   In 2012, the University of Professional Studies Act 2012, Act 850 was passed to change the name of the Institution from Institute of Professional Studies to University of Professional Studies. 


Repositioned as a fully-fledged public university, with its unique mandate to provide academic and professional education, the University is poised towards attaining scholarship, professionalism and entrepreneurship; offering professional, postgraduate, bachelors and diploma programmes.  From an initial enrolment of five students in 1967, the University currently can boast of over 15,000 students. 



At a Special Congregation on 26th April, 2018 the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo unveiled the plaque to rename the University after the Founder of the Institute, Nana Opoku Ampomah. The necessary constitutional and legal processes have been put in motion to effect the name change to Opoku Ampomah University of Professional Studies.



The Coat-of-Arms of UPSA has three main features

  • A Symbol
  • A Shield
  • A Banner/Scroll                                                                                                           

UPSA symbol

                                                                       Coat-of- Arms

 The Symbol: The Symbol is an adaptation of the Adinkrah symbol ‘Ako Ben.’  The Ako Ben is literally translated as ‘War Horn’, a horn used by the Akan traditional War Chief to call his warriors to war. It represents a state of readiness, vigilance and wariness.


                                                  The Adinkrah Symbol ‘Ako Ben’

The Symbol, in navy blue colour, signifies the readiness of the University of Professional Studies to promote higher education, by transforming students into graduates who are critical thinkers, confident and wield  authority in their fields of discipline.

The Shield:  The Shield with the Gold colour is a symbol of protection of the wealth or assets of the University, that is: its intellectual property- which is its pride; its Faculty members– who are the drivers of the knowledge and skills development process; its students- who are the reason for its existence and its alumni – who are the evidence of the success of the University.

The Banner/Scroll: The Banner/Scroll has the inscription-Scholarship with Professionalism- which is the motto of the University. The motto is an expression of the academic intent of the University to provide students with the knowledge and skills so that as graduates, they would be able to solve problems for the socio-economic development of Ghana



To be a world class education provider in both academic and professional disciplines,   nationally entrenched, regionally recognized and globally relevant.



Knowledge, a basis for development is relevant when shared and used.


Mission Statement

We strive to provide and promote quality higher education and training in management and other related disciplines by leveraging a structured mix of Scholarship with Professionalism in Ghana and beyond.

We believe our first responsibility is to the students, staff, parents, alumni and all other stakeholders. In meeting their needs, everything we do epitomizes scholarship with professionalism.

Scholarship to the university means the Pursuit and acquisition of Knowledge and Professionalism means Application of knowledge for Development in an ethical way. These two are the key driving forces of UPSA's existence. 



Integrity, Responsibility/respect and Service are the key values of UPSA Code of Conduct.



UPSA is determined to act consistently in accordance with its principles and core values.



Respect in the University’s community means, respect for one’s self, others and the University’s values as well as the responsibility one bears towards himself and others.



Service in the UPSA community means recognizing social needs and applying our strengths and knowledge to address those needs 


As one of the fastest-rising young universities, our core values are Respect, Service and Integrity. From faculty, through non-teaching staff, students, the business community, we strive to be professionals.

Vice Chancellor of UPSA
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