Aspiring UNESCO Director-General Visits University Of Ghana


HE Dr Al Hamad bin Abdul-Aziz Al Kuwari receiving a gift from the Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Kwame Offei

HE Dr Al Hamad bin Abdul-Aziz Al Kuwari, who is aspiring for the post of Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has paid a visit to the University of Ghana. 

Dr. Al Hamad bin Abdul-Aziz Al Kuwari, who is the longest serving Cultural Advisor to HH the Emir of Qatar, was accompanied by his Principal Advisor, Richard Griffiths and Mr. Joseph Allotey-Pappoe, the local organiser.  He first called on the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Kwame Offei who welcomed him to the University.  The two had discussions on areas of mutual interest relating to educational development in African universities.  The two later exchanged relevant publications.

Dr. Kuwari had a brief tour of the Balme Library where he interacted with students at the Research and Knowledge Commons.  He was conducted round by the University’s Librarian, Prof. Perpetua Dadzie.


(Left) Dr. Kuwari being guided around the Balme Library by the University Librarian, Prof. Perpetua Dadzie

(Right)  Dr. Kuwari interacting with a student at the Library

Later, the team visited the Institute of African Studies where he was received by the Director, Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata.  Dr. Kuwari visited the famous Museum at the Institute of African Studies, after which he met with graduate students at the Department of Communication Studies.   The Head of Department, Dr. Margaret Amoakohene received Dr. Kuwari.  Here, he had the opportunity to address the students after which he had a brief Q&A session with the students.  Dr. Kuwari urged the students to continue to read and develop a good working knowledge of global events as it was key to achieving success in all endeavours. According to Dr. Kuwari, despite UNESCO’S financial difficulties, education, heritage, and the sciences are all areas that will be addressed in Africa if he is successful in his bid.


(Left) Dr. Kuwari having discussions with Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata , Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS)

(Right) Dr. Kuwari admiring some artefacts on display at the IAS Museum 


Dr. Kuwari in a group photograph with some staff and students at the Department of Communication Studies