The main Wa campus of the University for Development Studies is tucked away in the pristine and luscious green Bamahu valley located at the southern end of the fast developing Municipality of Wa. The municipality also serves as the capital of the Upper West Region of Ghana. Apart from the Bamahu location, the Wa campus also has three satellite campuses within the municipality. These are the No. 36 block, and Faculty of Education Annexe near the RCC Residency on the Dorimon Road, and the School of Business and Law annexe at Kpaguri.
The Wa campus was established in September 2002 with the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS) at the No. 36 block, which the RCC generously made available to the University. The single Faculty campus grew exponentially and in 2008, the Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM) was carved out. The Faculty of Education, Law and Business Studies (FELBS) was started in 2009. In 2013, FELBS was reconstituted into two separate entities: The School of Business and Law (SBL) on the one hand and the Faculty of Education on the other. These additions transformed Wa into the predominant Social Science and Humanities campus of UDS and home to the largest collection of high quality social science researchers in northern Ghana.
Faculty members in all the academic units of the Wa campus engage in teaching, research, consultancy, community outreach and extension in the areas of Development Studies, Finance & Business, Law, Planning, Land and Estate Management.
FACULTIES and SCHOOL
The campus is home to the following:
• The Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS)
• The Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM)
• The School of Business and Law (SBL)
• The French Language Centre
• West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT)
Each of the faculties and school is headed by a Dean who superintends over academic departments that are also headed by Heads of Departments. You are always welcome to visit the various academic faculties, school and centres to explore the several demand-driven, development focused and very marketable academic programs that are being offered.