Dr. Ralph Nyadu-Addo

Senior Lecturer

Dept: Publishing Studies

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Research Areas/Interests

Entrepreneurship, Creative Industry, Business of Music, Small Business Management...~more

My full CV


  1. Mooted and established the Industry and Professional Relations Office (CASS) together with Prof. Daniel Buor (Provost). Toured over 100 companies that attracted several investments and donations.


  1. Initiated the idea of establishing the Centre for Business Development (CBD) together with Mr. Sam. Akomea. It now serves as a main focal point for business and investment attraction as well as entrepreneurship and SME development in KNUST and Ghana.

  • Led a team that drafted proposal and helped in establishing the Kumasi Business Incubation (KBI). Led in securing funding and refurbishment of the KBI from the World Bank.


  1. Initiated Entrepreneurship Clinics with Prof. Afranie (CASS Provost) which wean students and Alumni from chasing non-existence government works and powered them on the need of establishing start-ups by creating jobs for themselves. (Fully sponsored).


  1. I established the IPR-CASS Newsletter to quarterly market KNUST to our industry/business partners. I was also part of the team that started the CASS News.


  1. The Technip UK (now GNPC-TECHNIP Engineering Co. Ltd.) MoU has resulted in internship placements and job offers for twenty-five full time jobs Engineering Students (Nov 2013) with additional fifteen students undertaking joint research with Technip. The collaboration won them the “The Best Engineering Company in Africa” in South Africa (2014). It has been adjudged best industry-academia collaboration in French West African history by the French Minister of Foreign Trade in Accra on 18th November, 2013. The Centre for business Development, KNUST and Technip was invited to France in December 2013 to showcase the case at the Franco-African Summit in Paris at which 40 African Heads of States has been invited.


  • Started innovative Entrepreneurship and SME programme at Department of Publishing Studies (since 2004) where students from other Departments participate and graduate with certificate annually. The annual graduation is under the banner “Heidelberg/Publishing Studies Entrepreneurship Graduation and Awards Day”. Programme fully sponsored by private sector; Graduated over 2200 students so far.


  • Introduced Senior Experts Service (SES Germany) into KNUST. These are retired experts in different fields who volunteer their services to universities and companies. So far there has been three placements to assist, Departments of Nursing, KNUST Hospital, Publishing Studies, UPK/Design Press.


  1. Introduced University of Leipzig (second oldest university in Germany, 607 years). Through the MoU they are assisting KNUST to develop manpower in the area of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SME management. seven scholarship already for Ghanaian students to undertake Masters in Small Business Promotion and Training (SEPT). Currently three KNUST alumnus two other Ghanaians are undertaking their PhD and one won the Best Foreign Student in 2011; Projects so far worth over 650, 000 Euro including iN4iN Network, AGEA and SEPTneT projects.


  1. Introduced since 2005, “Time with the Masters Series”. Under this programme industrial/business partners are invited to share their experience and practical component with staff and students.


  1. Introduced Royal Tropical Museum (KIT), Holland. Under the MoU, KIT helped to train staff of KNUST library in both Ghana and Holland. Consultants (Dr. Faber and co) were sent on three occasions to assist KNUST develop, internationalise and commercialise the KNUST museum; I used my personal resources to buy air ticket to look for this investment. KNUST provided 4-day per diem under Prof. K.K. Adarkwa (former Vice Chancellor).


  • Introduced University of Wuppertal, Germany. This MoU initiated led to two scholarships for two brilliant Publishing Studies Students to undertake MSc in Print and Media Technology.


  • Initiated KNUST CLEAN-UP EXERCISE (June 2012 and November 2013): Organised and sourced funding through the Centre for Business Development (CBD) KNUST, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Community Impact Programme Committee (CIP), in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited have organized a clean-up exercise on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) campus. The two exercises, was organized in order to provide a clean environment for effective academic work and businesses. Zoomlion Ghana participated with staff strength of 235.


  • Undertaking several investments and projects tours to market KNUST locally and international. These include 2010 tour of German institutions with Prof. Adarkwa.


  1. Source for international partnership in USA and Germany eg. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Columbia University and New Jersey City University.




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