German State Parliament Honours KNUST Academic; Dr. Ralph Nyadu-Addo

The German State Parliament has honoured the former head of the Department of Publishing Studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Ralph Nyadu-Addo, for his immense contribution to the promotion of Ghana-German cooperation over the past two decades. Dr. Nyadu-Addo, a German-trained academic and researcher, has dedicated 24 years to connecting Ghanaian businesses, entrepreneurs, and students with the German business culture and academic institutions.

His efforts have generated over twenty million dollars for KNUST, primarily benefiting student entrepreneurs and initiating numerous projects within the university. A key highlight of his work is the coordination of the Africa Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) program.

He managed the 3.7 million euros ACCESS Project 1.0 and is currently overseeing the upcoming ACCESS 2.0, valued at 5 million euros, aimed at empowering students and businesses. The recognition was presented by André Kuper, President of the German State Parliament for North Rhine-Westphalia, during a visit by a KNUST delegation, including students and alumni from the Department of Publishing Studies, in Düsseldorf.

Kuper emphasized the strong partnership between North Rhine-Westphalia and Ghana, noting the significant contributions to political and economic relations, as well as academic exchanges. The partnership between North Rhine-Westphalia and Ghana, officially established in 2007, focuses on university cooperation and migration management.

Following the presentation, the delegation discussed further collaborations with former Minister of State Lutz Lienenkämper and other members of the State Parliament. Over the past two decades, Dr. Nyadu-Addo has coordinated numerous German-funded projects, including Intelligence for Innovation (256,000 Euro), the African German Entrepreneurship Academy (580,000 Euro), and various ACCESS projects.

His work has facilitated numerous academic and business delegations to Germany, strengthening the ties between the two nations. Dr. Nyadu-Addo also established the KNUST Centre for Business Development and the Kumasi Business Incubator, drawing from his extensive experience in Germany.

He earned his Masters and PhD from Leipzig University and has collaborated with several German institutions from 2000 to 2024.