Professor Kwame Akyeampong has been appointed Professor of International Education and Development in the OU’s School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sports.
Professor Akyeampong joins the OU from The University of Sussex where he held a Professorship of the same title and was Deputy Director of the University’s Centre of International Education.
In a career spanning over 30 years Professor Akyeampong has held several international education posts at academic institutions across the globe, including Hiroshima University in Japan, Georgia State University in the USA and the University of Ghana. He has also undertaken a two-year secondment working for UNESCO in Paris as a Senior Policy Analyst on the organisation’s Global Education Monitoring Report.
Professor Akyeampong has sat on numerous advisory panels on international education and has recently been selected to join the newly created Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel, convened by the World Bank and the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
In his new role at the OU Professor Akyeampong will oversee academic engagement in international development and education programmes delivered utilising expertise from the OU’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies.
Commenting on his appointment he said: “I am delighted to be joining The Open University, an institution with an international reputation of excellence in research and teaching. I have followed the OU over time and admired its global research status and I look forward to making my contribution for it to become the world leader in international education and development. I can’t wait to get started.”
Professor Akyeampong joins the OU in July 2020.