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Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba

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Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba has been appointed the substantive Principal of St. Francis College of Education by the Governing Council following an advertisement in the daily graphic by the search committee.

She took over the administration of the  College on 1st December, 2021.

Until her appointment as the substantive Principal, she worked in different capacities at the Takoradi Technical University from 2008. She is an experienced academic and university administrator with fifteen years of experience in the higher education sector.

 She was the Dean for the Centre for Languages and Liberal Studies (2020-2021). She also worked as the acting Librarian (2019-2021). Her work at the Technical University was not only limited to managerial and administrative duties, but also academic roles.  She was a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Liberal Studies and Languages where she taught Research Methods at the undergraduate and post graduate levels and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. (2018-2021)

Dr. Kwagyiriba also served as the Head of Department at the Social Development Department (2014-2018). Prior to her appointment as the Head of Department, she was a Lecturer at the Centre for Languages and Liberal Studies (2013-2018). She also served as an Assistant Registrar, Office of the Rector (2008-2013), in the initial years of her service to the university.

Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba obtained her PhD. in Education Economics and Management, at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, (HUST) Graduate School of Education, Wuhan, China.  She also had her   Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies and Bachelor of Education in Primary Education, both from the University of Cape Coast. Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba was trained as a professional teacher at Komenda College of Education in 1996 where she obtained the Teacher’s Certificate “A”.

While in China for her PhD Degree, Dr. Kwagyiriba’s professional expertise and leadership was highly recognized. She was chosen by the International Students Office to introduce English as a second language to some professors’ at HUST; A lead member of a team that brokered partnership in sponsorship between Huazhong University of Science and Technology, (HUST) China and University for Development Studies (UDS) Ghana. She was also the Trainer for foreign culture department Supervisor. – Mianyang Foreign Language School–Chengdu province.

 In addition, Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba was the coordinator and initiator of China – Africa Education Seminar, HUST (2010-2013), and organizer of China-Africa Educational Seminar.

Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba   has strong administrative competencies with high level of innovation and creativity.  She has participated in the governance of the Takoradi Technical University through her service on several statutory and ad hoc boards and committees.

Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba has acquired extensive experiences through other professional engagements which are relatively beneficial in higher educational transformation. She is an expert in project management and consultancy and worked in different outfits as far as projects and funding are concern. She was project manager, Ghana Cities Missions and was responsible for writing project proposals and bid for projects, coordination of projects logistics and implementation. She also has expertise in project consultancy. she was the project consultant for skills development fund in 2016 and a member of the implementation team for skills development grant training on Auto electronic diagnostic for 1,500 Artisans in the Western Region funded by the skills development fund (SDF) and implemented by Takoradi Technical University, and Ghana national association of Garages (GNAG), Western Region.

 Dr. Kwagyiriba has strong lobbying skills relevant to positive transformation of a higher institution.  She was a member of the University’s Fund-Raising Committee to convert the Polytechnic to a university in 2016.

She has great passion for mentoring particularly younger professional women. She organized and facilitated several capacity building training programs for women. This included the DAAD National workshop for Women in Science, (March 2019), National workshop for Women in Technical Education and Development (WITED) at Koforidua. (June,2018) and National workshop in TVET for sustainable development in Ghana, Koforidua, (June,2018) Ghana.

She is also a Member of the Women of Wuhan (WOW). WOW support children affected with HIV/AIDS in Hubei province China.

 Dr. Adwoa Kwagyiriba is a member of Chartered Professional Administrator, (ChPA) and a Professional fellow, Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants (CIAMC)- Ghana.  She is married with children.

The new Principal is determined to use her experiences, competencies and skills to ensure the right indicators are available for future upgrade of the College to a fully-fledged university.

Franco is blessed to have a caliber of personnel, rich in ideas and innovations as a principal.