The Alumni Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi was formed in 1961 during the tenure of office of the first Vice-Chancellor, Dr. R.P.Baffour of blessed memory. KNUST had attained full University status and had began to award its own degrees and diplomas in such fields as Engineering, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Architecture, and Town Planning . Alumni Affairs were handled at the Registry as part of the routine administration of the University.
Growth of the Association After 1966
Interest in Alumni Affairs waned with the exit of Dr.R.P.Baffour as a result of the overthrow of the 1st Republic. However, Dr. Evans Anfom, the 2nd Vice-Chancellor, with the support of the President of the Association, Dr.J.C.Norman, rekindled interest in the Association. The late Mr.T.B.B.Sakyi, then an Assistant Registrar, was made responsible for Alumni Affairs, as part of his schedule, from 1968 till his untimely death in 1977. Mr. Kissi Richardson who took over the schedule of Mr. Sakyi as an Assistant Registrar, continued to have responsibility for Alumni Affairs. Unfortunately, the Alumni Association had by then lost its momentum and existed only in name.
Another attempt at reviving the Association was made in 1980 with the election of Mr. Isaac Ampah as the president and Mr. Kwame Saarah-Mensah as National Secretary. The Executive Committee embarked on a nationwide tour to whip up interest in the Association. This resulted in Alumni contributing significantly towards the University Library Extension project and donation of books, periodicals and chairs to the University Library.
Between 1983 and 1999
In 1983, a new Executive Committee, led by Mr.S.O.Larbi as president, was elected to run the affairs of the Association. Very bold attempts were made to keep the Association alive. This included a nationwide tour by the President and his Executive, culminating in the organisation of a Congress on campus. Unfortunately, with little resources to work with and with virtually no support from the University, it was only a matter of time before the Association became moribund. The momentum was, again, lost.
This was the state of affairs until 1999 when the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambrose Kwame Tuah, formed a Committee to examine proposals towards the celebration of the University's Golden Jubilee in 2001-2002. The ten-member committee was chaired by Prof. Kwabena Boakye-Yiadom and had Dr. S.O.Asiama as its Secretary.
Among the Committee's recommendations was the re-vitalisation of the Alumni Association to enable the Alumni of the University to play a more meaningful role not only in the Golden Jubilee celebrations, but more importantly, in the life of the University generally. Even before the Committee's report was submitted, the Acting Vice-Chancellor accepted the recommendation to re-vitalise the Alumni Association and took steps towards its achievement.
Receiving Added Impetus
The revitalisation of the Association received added impetus with the appointment, in October 1999, of Prof. John Sefah Ayim as the first Alumnus Vice-Chancellor of the University. He readily accepted to continue the process already began by Prof. Tuah. Accompanied by Prof. E.Y.Safo, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof.K.Boakye-Yiadom, Dr. S.O.Asiama, Mr. G.A.Mensah-Agboh and other members of the Preparatory Committee, the Vice-Chancellor visited all the ten regional capitals of the country , including Tema and Akosombo (and a special visit to Parliament House), to meet with Alumni. The visits were very successful and the Vice-Chancellor was very well received by the Alumni wherever he went.
The Vice-Chancellor was also invited by the North America Alumni to attend their 2000 Congress in Washington D.C. in the United States. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Dr.S.O.Asiama and Mr.G.A.Mensah-Agboh. This provided the Vice-Chancellor with the opportunity to meet Alumni in many parts of the United States and to interact with them on how best they could be of help to the University.
Services and Support
Alumni support to the University has been immense and diverse, coming from individual Alumni and organisations and establishments in which Alumni dominate. Many Alumni have made significant contributions to their University, Departments and Faculties; these have included donations of books and laboratory materials, cash grants, institution of awards for excellence to deserving students, and beneficial links with other institutions within and outside the Ghana.
The Alumni have also played a significant role in the administration of the University by taking its seat on the University Council.
Since its inception in 1961, the University has trained scores of thousands of graduates in the engineering, architectural design and the construction and building industry, pharmacy, computer science, medical sciences, optometry, biochemistry and the pure sciences, agriculture, industrial and fine arts, surveying, mining, land economy, development planning and the applied arts and social sciences.
Today these TEKNOCRATS, as KNUST Alumni are popularly known, can be found in the various sectors of the economy trying to turn the wheels of industry in order to move this country forward towards modernization and development.
Because of our common heritage , and out of the love and gratitude we share for our alma mater, all TEKNOKRATS, or the Alumni of the KNUST have mobilised themselves into a formidable association which is desirous of playing a more active role in the affairs of the University in this 21st. Century. To this end a massive re-organisation and memberships drive is being undertaken at all levels including:
Cell Levels at work places and community or dwelling places, Towns, Districts, Regional and National Levels
- Hall levels
- Professional Disciplines / Faculty Levels
- Year Group / Classmate Levels
The objectives of the Alumni Association are to afford its members an opportunity:
to renew old acquaintances and reminiscences
to participate actively in the administration of the University through representation on the University Council and its statutory bodies or committees mobilise resources (human, financial and material) in support of the University.
On the 1st of October, 2010, Professor William Otoo Ellis was appointed as Vice Chancellor for a four year term to steer the affairs of this great institution by the Council of this University. He was inducted into office on the 2nd of October, 2010 and swore the oath of service and was formally outdoored to the University Community and to the rest of the general public.