Prof. Ebenezer Owusu has been appointed new Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, Joy News has learnt.
The Professor of Entomology was until his appointment Friday afternoon, the Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS).
The outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Ernest Aryeetey is set to retire in July 2016.
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu was born in Ghana and started his elementary school education at Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) primary school, Akim Tafo from where he proceeded to St Peters Secondary School, Nkwatia Kwahu for his Ordinary Level School Certificate.
He later did his Advanced level at Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS), Takoradi . He gained admission to the University of Ghana to read BSc Agriculture and graduated with a Second class Upper Division in 1987. He later served as a Teaching/Research Assistant in the Department of Crop Science for two years. Professor Owusu was awarded the prestigious Japanese Government Scholarship (MONBUSHO) in October 1989 and left Ghana to pursue his Master of Science degree at Kochi University, Japan.
He successfully completed his Masters (Agricultural Chemistry) in 1992 and was awarded another scholarship (MONBUSHO) to pursue a PhD in Entomology. Professor Owusu successfully completed his PhD in 1995 with a gold medal award (for best PhD candidate), and has researched extensively into insect pests of agricultural and medical importance, as well as carrying out monitoring and evaluation assignments. Professor Owusu has an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA Project Management option).
After completing his PhD, Professor Owusu was immediately appointed Assistant Professor at Kochi University in April 1995, and then Associate Professor in September, 1995. In March 1996, Professor Owusu was appointed a Research Fellow at the International Crops Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and was posted to Niger as an Entomologist.
Significant among his achievements was; the development of a system for the management of the millet headminer, Heliocheilus albipunctella (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) based on indigenous plant species, and the host interactions (semiochemicals and use of resistance varieties).
In 1998, Professor Owusu was appointed lecturer at the then Department of Zoology, University of Ghana (now Animal Biology and Conservation Science). He was promoted to Senior lecturer in September 2000 and then to Associate Professor and Professor in June 2005, and March 2010 respectively. He has mentored several students to obtain their MPhil and PhDs.
Prof Owusu has edited several research articles for many journals, and authored over hundred scientific papers in the area of Entomology. He has also served as consultant to many agencies in the areas of pesticide science, pest management, agriculture and project management and evaluation.
Prof. Owusu has worked extensively on millet, vegetable, and urban insect pests, especially in the areas of insecticide resistance and use of indigenous plant materials for management of major insect pests. He has attracted some funds for research, and in 1999, personally built a laboratory (Food Security) at the University of Ghana for use by staff and students. He was solely responsible for the acquisition and installation of a Scanning Electron Microscope (first of its kind in West Africa, worth US$500,000) through a grant from the Government of Japan.
Prof. Owusu is the Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, having previously served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, and Dean/Ag. Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Ghana. As Head of the Department of Zoology (2008-2010), Prof. Owusu provided respectable academic and managerial leadership, culminating in the change of the Department’s name to “Animal Biology and Conservation Science”.
Prof. Owusu has served the University of Ghana in various capacities and is a member of numerous boards and committees. Prof Owusu is a member of the University of Cambridge African Research Partnership (CAPREx) team. He serves as the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Ghana Science Association, Regional Editor for the UNESCO African Journal of Science and Technology as well as reviewer for a number of international journals.
In August 2008, Professor Owusu was significantly decorated as a “LIVING LEGEND” by the People of Kochi Japan for his contribution to Science and the Internationalization of Kochi city. In 2010, he was named the Tourism Ambassador of Kochi Prefecture, Japan. On August 29th 2013, Prof. Owusu was awarded the prestigious Japanese Foreign Ministers commendation award for his immense contributions and outstanding roles in the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries, and for helping improve the social and economic partnership between the people of Ghana and Japan.