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KNUST appoints first female Vice Chancellor

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The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has appointed its first female Vice-Chancellor.

Professor (Mrs) Rita Akosua Dickson will take over from Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso for a four-year term, starting August 1, 2020.

Until her appointment, the Professor of Pharmacognosy was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, the first female to have held that position.

Prof. Rita Dickson graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the university in 1994.

She pursued graduate studies leading to the award of MPharm in Pharmacognosy in 1999 and was appointed a lecturer the following year in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KNUST.

In 2003, she was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue a PhD at Kings’ College London, University of London, UK. She returned to teaching at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2007 and was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2009 and further to an Associate Professor in 2014.

Prof. Dickson is a Phytochemist whose work spans the areas of bioactive natural products in the management of communicable and non-communicable diseases and she had devoted time to research in natural products, with anti-infective, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and antidiabetic properties among others; based on their ethnopharmacological usage.

Source: 3news.com

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