Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU), formerly Cape Coast polytechnic has gone through stages from second cycle institution to its current Technical University stage. In 1986, it operated under Ghana Education Service (GES) as a second cycle institution that offered intermediate courses leading to the award of non-tertiary certificates in Engineering and Business Programmes. The enactment of the Polytechnic Law (PNDC Law 321), in 1992 paved the way for the institution to attain a Polytechnic status in 1993. As a tertiary institution (just like all the other polytechnics which were upgraded), it was mandated to run programmes in various disciplines leading to the award of Higher National Diploma(HND) which is awarded by  the National Board for Professional and Technician examinations(NABTEX).

The object of the polytechnic education in Ghana was to train students to be equipped with the middle level manpower skills, so as to support industry and commerce in the areas of resource and information development (Polytechnic Act, 2007, Act 745).

Currently, as a Technical University, and per the Technical Universities Act, 2016, Act 922, as amended, Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) is mandated to provide higher education in Engineering, Science and Technology based disciplines, Technical and vocational Education and Training, Applied arts and related disciplines. The aim is to train its students to be academically and technically balanced in order to match the challenges of the new century.

The University has three 3 Faculties, thirteen (13) Departments, Directorates, Sections and Units which contribute in the teaching and learning processes in the University. The University now offers Bachelor of Technology programmes (Top-Ups), HND, Professional Diploma and other Diploma Programmes.

The University now has as its focus to be a leading, innovative, and entrepreneurial Technical University with local, national and global influence.