Vice-Chancellor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo Elected ARUA Board Vice-Chair

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, has been elected as the Vice-Chair of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Board. The election took place on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at an ARUA meeting held at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

This appointment, effective January 2024, highlights the Vice-Chancellor’s contributions to academia and underscores the University's commitment to research excellence.

The ARUA Board, at the meeting, also elected Professor Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, as the incoming Chairman. Professor Mabizela, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the ARUA Board, brings a wealth of experience to this pivotal leadership role.

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is a collaborative network of universities with diverse backgrounds but a shared vision for advancing research and graduate training in member institutions. Established in Dakar in March 2015, ARUA currently comprises sixteen leading universities in the region.

Expressing her gratitude for the opportunity, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo stated, “I am excited about the opportunity to serve in this new role,” underscoring her commitment to fostering research excellence and collaboration within the alliance.

Her election gives impetus to the University of Ghana's commitment to promoting impactful research and intellectual contributions on the global front and across the African region.

Prof. Amfo’s first Key Strategic Objective as Vice-Chancellor of UG to reinvigorate impactful research, aligns with one of the strategic priorities of the University's 2014-2024 Strategic Plan, to create a vibrant intellectual climate that stimulates relevant cutting-edge research and community engagement.

It is noteworthy that Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University (2010 - 2016), currently serves as the Secretary General of the Alliance, further exemplifying the University of Ghana's continued involvement and leadership within ARUA.

The University celebrates this recognition of Prof. Amfo’s achievements and anticipates her continued contributions to the Pan-African network for research and academic excellence. Congratulations, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo!