The origin of Ho Technical University goes back to 1968. It was established as a Technical Institute with the primary objective of providing pre-technical education. By 1972, the Institute had made tremendous progress in upgrading of the courses offered. Consequently the pre-technical programmes expanded to courses in the Engineering and Vocational fields, e.g. Basic Engineering, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering, Building Technology, Fashion, Hospitality Management and Business Education.
In 1986, the Institute became a Polytechnic. It however continued to operate as second cycle institution, until 1993 when the Polytechnic was upgraded to a fully-fledged tertiary institution by the enactment of PNDC Law 321 and charged with the responsibility of training students in the technical and vocational skills to the Higher National Diploma [HND] level. Subsequently, in 2007, Polytechnics were given the mandate by the Polytechnics Act 745 to award their own degrees to the highest level.
The passage of the Technical Universities Act 2016 (Act 922) provided Ho Technical University and mandated it to award degrees, diplomas, certificates and other qualifications to the highest level in Engineering, Science and Technology based disciplines , Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Applied Arts and related disciplines.
To become a reputable Technical University contributing actively to national and international development.
To train highly competent human resource to the highest level possible through career-focused education, skill training and research in partnership with stakeholders.
Ho Technical University is a secular and non-partisan public institution. Admissions and academic awards are based on merit without regard to ethnicity, race or nationality, religious affiliation or beliefs, physical disabilities or gender. Academic and social interactions within the University are governed by the principles of fair play, justice, honesty, moral rectitude, and respect for authority, human rights and the environment.
The Technical Universities Act, 2016 (Act 922) defines the mandate to principally provide career-oriented vocational and technical higher education, undertake vocational and technical research and propagate applicable knowledge. The University has additional mandate to build and nurture relationships with professional bodies and Industry. Its strategic mandate is couched in the Strategic Plan of the University.
Located in the ‘Oxygen City’ of the Volta Region, Ho Technical University provides a serene and aesthetic environment conducive for studies and practical research. The campus is wrapped with fresh, pure and toxin free air essential for optimum physical, social and intellectual development. HTU commits to protecting and maintaining a green environment by adhering to best environmental practices.
Being free from the bustle of the central part of Ho, the town gives serenity that makes for a congenial learning atmosphere. The campus is within five (5) minutes drive to most part of the town and strategically positioned for easy access to the several leisure and tourist sites in the region.
In addition to relevant career-centric libraries enriching learning and research culture, laboratories and workshops are well equipped with ultra-modern state of the art equipment and facilities for effective and practical experience. Our lecture halls and other facilities are disability friendly, structured to meet the needs of all students.
The University Clinic is resourced with caring and qualified healthcare professionals, who provide maximum healthcare needs of students, staff and the general public.
Student life at HTU offers “tons” of activities and networking opportunities enabling student engagement, reinvention and rediscovery in both their chosen fields of study and to explore areas of talents and interest.
As part of its effort in enhancing educational experience of students, HTU provides housing options that foster opportunities for building friendships and creating opportunities for teamwork. There are three principal Halls of Residence” and an ultra-modern Hostel which imbibes excellent human relations and residential life among students. In addition to the Campus football pitch, the halls have multi-purpose courts for sports such as volleyball and basketball. There are also standard sports facilities for student athletes to develop their athletic skills.