Prof Rita Akosua Dickson is New Vice Chancellor of KNUST Becoming the First Female to Be Appointed for the Position


A new Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has been appointed after a period of vacancy for that position since March 2020.

Prof Rita Akosua Dickson finally won the merit of the position and stands at being the first female to ever occupy that position in the history of the university. She was however the former Pro Vice Chancellor for the school before her current achievement.

The Vice-Chancellor is the Executive Head of the University and is responsible, to the Governing Council of the University, for both the Academic and Administrative functions of the University.

The Professor has worked in various departments of the higher institution after graduating from the same school with a Bachelor’s degree in 1994. 

Prior to her appointment by the Governing Council, she was the Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution, having to step in for Dr Obiri Danso who had then being asked to step down. She had previously served in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as the Dean.

In 2003 she was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue a PhD at Kings’ College London, University of London, UK.

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Prof Dickson therefore has a strong pharmaceutical background as she holds a PhD from the King’s College in London.

She then came back to teaching in the university before getting promoted to Senior Lecturer in the same school. This puts her in the right position of steering the affairs of the institution from her years of experience and academic credentials. 

We wish her the best of her administration and hope that through her, many more young women will aspire to greater achievements in the academia.


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