The Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi has appointed Professor (Mrs) Rita Akosua Dickson, as the first female Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the institution
Until her appointment Prof. (Mrs) Dickson was the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
She 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.
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In 2003, she was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue a
Prof. (Mrs) 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.
Experience in research
Her research has led to the isolation and structure elucidation of several bioactive natural products, including
She has attended and presented research papers at several local and international conferences
She serves as a reviewer for several journals in pharmacognosy, natural products
Prof. (Mrs) Dickson had been actively involved in the evaluation of papers of academic staff for promotion in both local and international universities and had been an assessor and external examiner for
She is also a board member of the Ghana Pharmacy Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. Before her appointment, she was the Chairperson of the Education sub-committee of the Pharmacy Council and serves as an examiner in the Ghana Pharmacy Council Professional Qualifying Examination for pharmacy graduates.
She also served on the Continuous Professional Development Technical Committee of the Pharmacy Council.
As a fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists, she had served on several committees locally and internationally in the area of Pharmacy Education and Training.
She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghana National Medicines Policy Programme.
She is also a member of a number of local and international
Her people-oriented approach to leadership is underpinned by her commitment to both staff and students in providing them with opportunities for their development.
Prof (Mrs) Dickson had been the Head of Department of Pharmacognosy for three terms from 2009 to 2013. Before her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and also acted as Provost of the College of Health Sciences in the absence of the Provost.