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19.11.2013 General News

UK's Hull University holds Alumni AGM in Ghana

By|Adwoa Gyasiwaa
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To mark the University of Hull's strong links with Ghana, the Hull Alumni Association (HAA) held its annual general meeting this year in its capital city, Accra at the Movenpick Hotel on 16th November 2013.

This is the first time this event has been held outside the UK, demonstrating the University's ongoing commitment to internationalism. The University currently has more than 750 alumni in Ghana and Nigeria.

The event created an opportunity for those alumni living in West Africa, to meet up again, to share in the work of the HAA and to find out about the latest developments planned for the University in the future.  The first students from West Africa came to the University of Hull in the 1950s.

Notable ones are the late Justice J. F. Annan, and Mr. Charles Tettey, just to mention but a few. Notable current ones are Mr. Benjamin Dabrah, immediate past Managing Director, Barclays Bank; Mr. Peter Illiasu, immediate past Managing Director, Merchant Bank; Mark Opoku, CEO, Legacy Capital; Percy Ansah, CEO, Mutual Health; Kojo Ayittey, Lecturer; Albert Bahun-Wilson, Director of Marketing and Sales, SICLIFE; and so on

Delegates from the University, who travelled to Ghana ahead of the annual general meeting on 16 November, as part of their visit, met with Professor Ellis E. Badu, the University of Ghana Librarian to discuss and develop future partnership projects.

The delegation included Professor Ian Pashby, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Anthony McReavy, Director of Development and Alumni Relation, Liam Cotter, President of the Alumni Association, Maureen Bruton, Christopher Cagney, and Waymond Rodgers, Professor of Accounting and Finance, who was the guest speaker at the event and spoke on Process Thinking: Quest for Improved Decision Making

Professor Ian Pashby said: “We are a University keen to engage globally, and by moving this important alumni event to Ghana this year we can reaffirm our close ties here. The Hull Alumni Association actively develops its relationship with alumni across the world, with 120,000 alumni living worldwide, and we are grateful many of you living and working in Ghana were able to join us. This is a chance to engage with graduates and as well as to meet with higher education partners in West Africa to look at future opportunities together.“

Liam Cotter noted that “Ghanaian students have been part of the University of Hull since the very beginning, and have gone on to be some of our proudest alumni.  We in turn are very proud of all of you here, so I am delighted our first annual general meeting to be held outside of the UK is being held here in Ghana.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet our former students, and celebrate their success, but also to look forward to even closer relationships with our friends in West Africa.”

President of Hull Alumni, Ghana, Albert Bahun-Wilson expressed appreciation for hosting the fourth Annual General Meeting of the Hull Alumni Association.

This, he noted, will enhance the image of the university in Ghana and encourage potential students to consider applying to Hull University, assist in recruitment avenues, and offer mentoring support.

Mr. Bahun-Wilson called on the university authorities “to assist to upgrade our skills through online seminars, provision of electronic resources to strengthen and improve our profession and availability of magazines to be updating us”.

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