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17th October 2023

At its recent meeting held in Accra, the ARUA Executive Committee admitted Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to full membership of ARUA.

The meeting, chaired by the ARUA Board Chair, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, declared its satisfaction with the effort made by KNUST to meet the eligibility criteria as reflected in the data made available about the University and its performance over the last five years.

The move makes it possible for researchers at KNUST to participate in all ARUA activities including conferences, workshops, training programmes and research projects.  Member universities are obliged to be active in all the affairs of the network, as well as in the work of the Centres of Excellence, as well as expected to participate fully in the development and restructuring of graduate and research programmes across the region.

In a congratulatory message to the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson, ARUA Secretary-General, Professor Ernest Aryeetey said he looked forward to the University’s contribution to the life and work of ARUA to enhance the development of research in the member universities and on the continent.

ARUA is a network of like-minded universities that are anxious to grow the research portfolio at their universities through collaboration. ARUA universities are desirous to make Africa’s contribution to the global generation of knowledge more noticeable. Most of the work to achieve this is carried out through the 13 Centres of Excellence located at some of the member universities of ARUA.

KNUST is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Ghana and nurtures a vision of becoming a university with a worldwide acclaim that is strongly positioned for innovative teaching, research, outreach and professional development.

The collaboration between ARUA and KNUST provides further opportunity to leverage research capacity to tackle trans-national and regional challenges across the continent.  ARUA is indeed happy to receive KNUST as a full member.