The Wesleyan Mission Society arrived in
Ghana in 1835. Since then, the Methodist Church has been involved
in the provision and development of high quality education
at the basic, senior secondary and teacher training levels.
The role of Churches, including the Methodist Church, in providing
basic, secondary and teacher education was reduced in 1961
under the then educational reform programme. The Government
decided to be responsible for running the mission schools
and training colleges. It also established many secondary
schools and training colleges. Currently, Ghana has six state
universities: University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University
of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University
of Education Winneba, University for Development Studies and
University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa.
Despite the existence of these six institutions, considerable
concern has been expressed about the inadequacy of the institutional
facilities in the universities to cater for qualified candidates
to avail themselves of the opportunity for tertiary education.
The Methodist Church Ghana was convinced that with her unique
record and experience in the provision of education at the
basic, secondary and teacher education levels, it could make
a contribution to the solution of the problems of offering
education at all levels.
The Church decided at its 36th Annual Conference held in Cape
Coast (1997) to establish a Methodist University College.
After due preparations and processes, the Methodist University
College Ghana (MUCG) was granted accreditation by the National
Accreditation Board in August 2000. Its application for affiliation
to the University of Ghana was approved in October 2002. MUCG
started academic work in October, 2000.
The first batch of students reported for lectures in November,
2000, the" second batch in October, 2001. The University
College has just completed its tenth academic year.