The Alfred Nobel University (ANU) in Ukraine last Friday conferred an Honorary Professorship in Human Resource Development on the Chief Executive Officer of St. Andrews Group of Companies, Dr Richard Kofi Asiedu.
The award was in recognition of his impact in the area of human resource development in the country and beyond, which the university described as a “very remarkable achievement and deserves international recognition.”
The President of the Alfred Nobel University of Ukraine in Ghana, Rev. Prof. Emeritus Edwin Nmettey Korley, who chaired the convocation ceremony attended by a delegation from the Alfred Nobel University in Ukraine, decorated Dr Asiedu with the honour.
“The university has recognised your distinguished and distinctive achievement and in this light your impact on society cannot go unnoticed. As a result of your impactful service, many individuals and organisations have recognised you and awarded you accordingly, ” Rev. Prof. Nmettey Korley said in a speech.
The citation from the university which was presented to Dr Richard Asiedu read in part: “as an international resource personality, you have shared your professional experience at international conferences, seminars, workshops and forums across the globe, Professor Richard Asiedu, you proudly and sacrificially availed yourself to the service of the state. From a humble beginning, you faithfully climbed the professional ladder in search of a result-oriented delivery to your motherland Ghana.”
“You eventually attained the position of a Municipal Youth Director under the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“You served as the Council Chairman for Assin Fosu College of Education. Professor Richard Asiedu was equally the secretary to the Board of Assinman Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, as well as Kwanyarko Senior High School.”
As an entrepreneur, businessman, human development expert, he boldly plunged into a multifaceted entrepreneurial venture after retiring from active service in 2017.
Professor Asiedu on his part expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Alfred Nobel University and all the dignitaries present for making the day a very memorable one.
Professor Joshua Alabi, first Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), as the special guest commended Professor Asiedu and welcomed him into the fold of university professors whose duty he said was to show commitment, integrity and above all profess the truth.
Prof. Alabi said professing the truth in our part of the world goes with its own challenges but you have to be firm and focused.
He noted that Alfred Nobel University had taken the right steps in making Ghana one of their transnational education strategies.
According to him, transnational education was a system of off shore education represented in many ways by satellite campus, recruitment centres, study centres, dual and double degrees.
Professor Alabi said the COVID-19 pandemic has further pushed for transnational education. The good thing about the new systems is that it allows for resource sharing which enriches educational experiences, outcomes and reduces cost.
BY NORMAN COOPER