‘One student, one laptop’ – First female vice-chancellor of KNUST promises

After Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, another distinguished Professor Rita Akosua Dickson becomes the second female to head a public university in Ghana. She thus becomes the first female Vice-Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The Council of the KNUST, at its 258th Special Meeting held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 appointed Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson as the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Her appointment for a Four-Year Term, takes effect from 1st August, 2020 to 31st July, 2024.

Professor R. A. Dickson has officially taken over as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

She takes over from Professor Kwasi Obiri Danso whose tenure of office came to an end on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Prof. Rita Dickson, until her appointment was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

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She once served as acting Vice-Chancellor in October 2018 when Professor Obiri Danso was asked to vacate the position temporarily.

Prof. Dickson has also previously served as the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

She additionally holds a Ph.D. and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP) from King’s College London.

In her inaugural address, Prof Dickson said one of her key vision will be to roll out a special initiative dubbed: “Support one needy student with one laptop” to help poor students who may be unable to acquire a laptop for online studies.

She also promised to champion entrepreneurship and critical thinking through evidence-based teaching and learning.

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