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Professor Desmond Ayim-Aboagye Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs


Prof. Desmond Ayim-Aboagye

Regent University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Desmond Ayim-Aboagye as Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective 1 October 2015. In this high office, Desmond will be responsible for coordinating the teaching, development, and implementation of academic programmes and related issues toward attaining the vision and mission of this University.

Prof. Ayim-Aboagye is an accomplished Full Professor of Psychology in Religion with rich professional experience. As a renowned scholar, he taught and researched in various capacities in institutions of higher learning in Europe, USA, and Ghana. His academic exploits include occupying positions such as Research Assistant, Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Full Professor.

In Sweden, he served as a Professor of Psychology of Religion and a Research Fellow with the Multidisciplinary Pain Research Clinic at Uppsala University. Desmond was a visiting scholar at Orebro and Mälardalen Universities also in Sweden, and still holds his chair as an Associate Professor at Abo Akademi University in Finland.

In 2012, Prof. Ayim Aboagye returned home as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. Here, he was engaged with different research activities in the University and then functioned as Coordinator for Research Methods.

Prof. Ayim-Aboagye holds several degrees, all of which equip him effectively to lend his wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experiences to the advancement of Regent University College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology (1986) and another Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (2000) both from Andrews University in the USA.

In 1987, Desmond successfully graduated from the Andrews University in the USA University with a Master of Arts degree in Religion. Three years later, in 1990 he earned his second Master of Arts degree in Behavioural Science and Religion from Uppsala University in Sweden. From the same University, yet another achievement followed in 2003, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Science.

He holds two doctoral degrees. For his first PhD degree in Psychology of Religion, which he earned from the Uppsala University, Sweden in 1993, Prof. Ayim-Aboagye produced an outstanding thesis on the Social Psychology of Akan Healing. Later collaborative work resulted in another PhD dissertation under the advice of Professor Nils Holm of Abo Akademi University in Finland. His research interests include psychiatry, medical anthropology, healing and religion. He is a member of the Association of Scandinavian Study of Pain (SASP).

Desmond is a Philosopher and prolific writer, having authored more than 13 high-profile books, a number of articles published in reputable journals, and other academic publications. He is also an astute politician. For a period of ten years (2004-2014) he was a member of the Uppsala Landstinget regional parliament in Sweden, which had a major responsibility to manage the administration of important hospitals and health companies in the Uppsala region. In this parliament, he sat on the Committee on Elections and Committee on Culture and Equality.

Prof. Ayim-Aboagye currently doubles as the Chair (Head of Department) of Psychology and Human Development.

“I feel at home at Regent. I am really thrilled by the spiritually-enriching environment here.” says Prof. Ayim-Aboagye. “I look forward to building on the strengths and achievements of the University, and working with a team to develop and introduce new industrially-relevant degree programmes.”