Quality Assurance and Planning Units (QAPU)
The Unit has been established to evaluate the services that the University renders to its clients. (Student and employees) The goal is to develop a programme for the systematic performance evaluation of all areas of operation of the University (teaching, research and services) and thus ensure quality service delivery.
The major objectives are to ensure that quality teaching is sustained to produce graduates from KNUST that are counted among the best in the world. Assurance of excellent teaching and research is to guarantee the aspiration of the KNUST as a five-star university.
It is also responsible for the annual publication of the basic statistics of the University, in the form of a booklet that summarizes the staff and student data of the University, and that of student residential facilities.
The Unit serves as the nerve centre for the drawing up and monitoring of the Strategic Plan of the University. The Unit is also responsible for ensuring that all faculties strategic plans are prepared according to the guidelines issued by the Strategic Planning Committee. An Assistant Registrar in the Unit serves as Secretary on the Implementation Oversight Committee which monitors the implementation of faculty Strategic Plans.
University Information Technology Services (UITS)
The University Information Technology Services (UITS) is located at the Faculty of Pharmacy building. The centre coordinates all the network connections in the University. It is also responsible for providing technical support for the University Information and Communication Technology Committee which is tasked with the formulation and regulation of policies related to Information Technology. It's responsibilities include
- Provision of Internet services to the University
- Regulation and maintenance of networks on campus
- Management of staff and student data
- Development and Maintenance of software and Web applications for the university
- Maintenance and Updating of the Universities Website (www.knust.edu.gh)
International Programmes Office (IPO)
In January 2004, the Vice Chancellor set up the External Programmes Office (EPO) in the Vice Chancellor's Office as part of his vision to re-organise the university. The EPO was mandated to perform the following key functions:
- strengthen existing useful partnerships and discontinuing those that are not useful
- identify and arrange new partnerships
- arrange all international student and faculty member visits and arrange same for all KNUST student and faculty members to International partners under agreement
- administer alumni who will be lecturing for short periods at KNUST
- publish annual reports on the activities of IPO
- update database for collaborators from time to time
- undertake any other duties assigned by the Vice Chancellor
Initially, Prof. Sampson Agodzo, Prof. Abeeku Brew-Hammond and Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng were appointed to run the EPO.
Now known as the International Programmes Office (IPO), the office has equal status with an academic Faculty in the University and headed by a Dean and to be assisted by a Vice Dean, an Assistant Registrar and an Administrative Assistant.
KNUST has collaborated with over 50 external universities and development partners in the following areas: study abroad programmes, staff and student exchange programmes, joint teaching programmes, joint research, special staff development programmes, technical assistance programmes and short term academic programmes for higher degree research. Study Abroad Programmes have become part of university training programmes in Europe and America and in recent times, KNUST has had collaboration with some universities abroad where their students are accepted for a period to take courses that are credited to them in their home universities. Faculty members in universities abroad have also been collaborating with KNUST faculty members on research. However, such linkages were uncoordinated and somehow left to the individual academic units to manage. Since the establishment of the IPO a database has been developed on existing and prospective links and attempts have been made to bring all linkage programmes under one office for a more effective coordination.
On the 1st of October, 2010, Professor William Otoo Ellis was appointed as Vice Chancellor for a four year term to steer the affairs of this great institution by the Council of this University. He was inducted into office on the 2nd of October, 2010 and swore the oath of service and was formally outdoored to the University Community and to the rest of the general public.