About the Director & Campus

Thomas Oates

Exciting Times for Webster in Ghana

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Oates Director, Webster University in Accra, Ghana.

"We are the first U.S. campus in Ghana offering full undergraduate and graduate programs on site. Here you will find a welcoming, interactive and supportive environment in a comfortable location.

Study, learn and experience a truly global education as together we engage with the community. As a Webster student, you can remain in Ghana and finish your studies or you might easily study across Webster's international network of campuses learning about the world as you go.

Webster students from Europe, Asia and the U.S. will also have the opportunity to study in Ghana. We anticipate a lively campus filled with a diverse student body.

  • Faculty features both local experts and visiting members from the U.S. and around the world
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (U.S.) and the Ministry of Education (Ghana)
  • Programs delivered at the Accra, Ghana campus are identical to programs at all Webster campuses

In the near future, be watching for open house days, school visits and other opportunities to see our campus. Your success is our goal. We eagerly welcome you to our campus.

Dr. Oates has a long and distinguished career in higher education administration. He began his career in higher education at Webster, where he founded and served as first director of the Media/Journalism Degree Program.

In his career he has served in both academic and administrative roles, as a tenured faculty member, department chair, director, campus dean, dean of faculty, senior vice president for academic affairs and university president (twice). Oates has directed university scholarship programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and he has recently finished a Ford Foundation-funded international project. Oates holds an MA in English from St. Louis University and a PhD in American Literature, also from St. Louis University.

The Ghana Ministry of Education has granted accreditation to our Accra, Ghana Campus. Webster University Ghana Campus has been granted accreditation by the Ghana Ministry of Education and is pending approval by the U.S. Higher Learning Commission. 

The Accra campus will not be a ‘branch' but part of a integrated network that serves a new generation of students who wish to become global citizens working around the world. Students from Ghana, West Africa and around the world will earn prestigious bachelor's and master's degrees in business, international relations or media communications at the Accra campus.

Classes at Webster are limited in size so that students can participate, contribute and learn more effectively. Practical teaching methods focus on hands-on applications and prepare students for satisfying careers and advanced studies anywhere in the world. Bachelor's degrees are earned in four years of study. Master's programs can be completed in fourteen months of full-time study.

A Webster student can easily study across the international network of campuses. As well, students from Europe, Asia and the USA will study at the Accra campus. In this way, students obtain a truly global education.

Webster University was founded nearly 100 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri and now has more than 20,000 active students worldwide.