Professor Nicholas N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, a full Professor of Statistics, was the Rector of Kumasi Polytechnic and the Interim Vice Chancellor of Kumasi Technical University in Ghana from November 4, 2010 to December 31, 2016. He was the Chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Polytechnics (CORP) in Ghana in 2014-2015. He was also the Chairman of the Council of the Regent University College of Science and Technology, one of the leading universities in Ghana from its inception in 2015 until his appointment as the President of the Institution.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah comes from Nkotumso, a rural community near Dunkwa on-Offin in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region. He started and completed his basic school education in that small village and then proceeded to the then St. Augustine's Training College at Bogoso in the Western Region, where he obtained his Teacher Training Certificate. By dint of hard work, he secured both his General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary and Advance levels through self-tuition.
He had a Scholarship to further his education at Odessa Institute of National Economy, in the then USSR where he obtained his Master of Science (M.Sc) in Statistics with distinction in 1983. After obtaining his M.Sc, he did not rest on his laurels. His obtained his PhD in 1987 at Moscow State University.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah has a number of years of rich experience as an academic in teaching and research, and also as a practitioner. He was first employed as a lecturer at the Department of Statistics at the University of Ghana in 1987. He later moved to the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the same University as a Research Fellow. He became a Senior Research Fellow in 1994, Associate Professor in 1998 and a Full Professor of Statistics in 2002. His fields of special competencies are Statistics Modeling, Statistical Forecasting, Data Analysis, and Statistical Capacity Development while his area of application are Economics, Demography, Education, Health and Child Labour. He has taught various courses in Statistics at the Diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels at University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast and Regent University College of Science and Technology. He was a Visiting Professor of Statistics at the Department of Statistics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 2002 and 2004. He was a Junior Associate (Mathematics section) at Abdus Salam international Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. Italy, 1991-1994 and was made Associate in 1994-1999 owing to hard work.
He was the Head of Statistics, Computing, Communication and Information Division, for 6 years (1998-2004) and the Coordinator of the Certificate and Diploma courses in Statistics at ISSER also for 6 years (1994-2000).
As an accomplished public servant at Ghana Statistical Service, Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah held the positions of Deputy Government Statistician and also Acting Government Statistician from 2004 to 2009. Statistical Service saw a dramatic development under his 11 month period of his leadership as the Acting Government Statistician.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah is a prolific writer. He has published fourteen (14) books in Statistics, some of which are widely used in Ghanaian and some universities and polytechnics in Africa. He has a large number of refereed papers in international journals and has also presented a lot of scientific papers in international conferences and workshops. He has peer-reviewed five books in Statistics for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society in UK and the Supplementary Handbook to the International manual on the Consumer Price Indices by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah keeps a busy professional schedule and membership of the following professional associations and societies internationally:
He continues to be the External Examiner of Statistics at the Departments of Statistics in the major universities in Ghana and Sierra Leone for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
He has founded three Statistics Associations: Ghana Statistical Association (GSA) of which he is the President, Ghana Association of Statistics Students (GASS) for which he is the Chief Patron, Ghana Association of Statistics Students Alumni (GASSA), an association for young statisticians, for which he is the Chief Patron.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah has consulted for a number of international organizations, including Department for International Development (DFID), FAO, UNICEF, Economic Commission for West Africa (ECOWAS), MICRO International, Educational Assessment and Research Centre (EARC), World Vision, ILO, HelpAge Ghana, FRR Limited of the United Kingdom, and the World Bank.
He had been a member of a number of National Committees, some of them he was the Chairman.
He received Prize Awards when he was a student: Lenin Prize (Highest Award) for Best Student (for three consecutive years at Odessa Institute of National Economy in the then USSR), Prize winner of National Inter-International Competition on M.Sc. dissertation, awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education of the then USSR; Prize winner of the Competition of Students' Scientific Research works, awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education of the then Ukraine Republic in the USSR.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah has the following honours to his credit: Marquis WHO is WHO in the World in 1996, Certificate of Honour (Senior Citizen) awarded alongside and in the presence of His Excellency, J. A. Kufour, the then President of the Republic of Ghana on October 21, 2001 at Dunkwa-Offin by Denkyira Traditional Council. The International Institute for Governance and Development recognized his works and academic achievements in a ceremony in South Africa. The first Edition of the Afro-Leadership Magazine was dedicated specially to his outstanding works and academic achievements.
Pursuing vigorously his recommended in his induction speech at the Kumasi Polytechnic in 2010 that the Polytechnics in Ghana should be converted to Technical or Polytechnic Universities, he succeeded in 2016 and eight Polytechnics were converted. Under the leadership of Prof. Nicholas N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, the Kumasi Polytechnic saw a significant expansion and development in both physical and human resources. He introduced a number of innovation in teaching and learning and since 2014, the Kumasi Polytechnic has ranked the best of all the ten Polytechnics in Ghana. The JournalConsortium ranked the then Kumasi Polytechnic the No. 6 best Tertiary Institution among more than 150 Institutions in Ghana in 2015 based on Research publication and citations for the period 2010-2014 and to a limited extent on web visibility.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah has travelled widely to forge several international collaborations between Kumasi Polytechnic and a number of academic institutions in the USA, Canada, China, UK, South Korea, United Emirates, Nigeria and South Africa. These collaborations resulted in a number of scholarships for the staff of the Polytechnic.
He represented the Conference of Rectors of Polytechnics (CORP) in Ghana on the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and some of their subcommittees.
Indeed, he has contributed to the raising of the image of technical and Polytechnic education in Ghana. He recommended the conversion of the Polytechnics to Technical Universities in 2010 and spearheaded the conversion of eight of them. During his stewardship at Kumasi Polytechnic, the Institution became the best Polytechnic in Ghana and the number 6 best among over 150 tertiary institutions in Ghana in terms of research and publication. In addition, the Kumasi Polytechnic became known as the centre of excellence in technological innovation (with the assembly of electronic self-charging automobile magnetic drive vehicle using a four stroke engine, conversion of plastic waste to fuel, among others) and also a reputable centre of renewable energy (with the production of solar wheel chair, among others).