Brief History Of The Bolgatanga Technical University, BTU

The Bolgatanga Technical University BTU, (formally Bolgatanga Polytechnic) is a public tertiary institution in the Upper East Region of Ghana. It was converted into a Technical University in 2016 during the administration of the former president of Ghana, His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama. The institution was established in the year 1999 but started rolling out its academic programs in September 2003. Currently, the school has two campuses, one at Bukere and the other Sumbrungu. The main campus of the school is located in Sumbrungu near Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper East Region of Ghana. The School started work at the former Meat Marketing Company building in Bukere, a suburb of Bolgatanga. The building was eventually acquired for the School which became its first permanent site. The School operated from this site where it recruited its pioneer staff and also introduced its first academic programmes until in 2007 when it relocated to its new site in Sumbrungu on the Bolgatanga – Navrongo highway. They also have an Evening School where both tertiary and non-tertiary programs are run at the old campus, Bukere.


The Bolgatanga Technical University has many associations with other schools and institutions. One of such collaboration is with the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on English Language immersion training and industrial attachment including research for their students.

Again, they had programs affiliated to the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, USA to conduct curriculum assessment and infusion of international standards and resources in the hospitality and tourism curricula and to promote exchange of students and staff for research and training.

Another association is with the Apidon Academy of Science, Burkina Faso to share training and research.

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The university created a COVID-19 taskforce to make sure there was adherence to the safety protocols in the school. This was to curb corona virus on campus as students were getting ready for the next academic year.

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