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Prof. Victor Antwi Appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UEW

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Published: Wed, 04/05/2023 - 11:19

The Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has appointed Prof. Victor Antwi as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the university for the next two years.

This follows Prof. Antwi's winning of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor election held on Friday, 17th March, 2023, at the Winneba and Ajumako campuses of the university. Prof. Antwi polled 461 votes, representing 88.31%, to beat his only contender, Prof. Victus B. Samlafo, who garnered 61 votes, representing 11.69%.

Prior to his appointment, he was one of five convocation representatives on the UEW Governing Council and the Ag. Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

He previously served as the Ag. Dean of the Faculty of Science Education (FSE) from 3rd March to 8th November, 2022, Ag. Vice-Dean of FSE from 1st August, 2021 to 31st July, 2022, Head of Department, Physics Education from 1st August, 2015 to 31st July, 2020, Ag. Head of Department, Early Childhood Education from 1st March, 2014 to 31st July, 2015 and Coordinator of Graduate Programme in Science Education from 1st August, 2013 to 28th February, 2014. 

Prof. Antwi also served as the project coordinator for the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) Practical Project at the UEW from 2005 to 2008 in addition to serving as an Academic Counsellor at the Department of Science Education.

Prof. Victor Antwi, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UEW
Prof. Victor Antwi, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UEW

In his fields of expertise, Prof. Antwi has worked on various research projects including outdoor performance studies on silicon photovoltaic modules, a powerful piezo-phototronic effect in single-type 2Dmonochalcogenides for higher-performance multi-junction solar cells, interactive mechanics teaching in Ghanaian universities, students' misunderstandings of physics, the use of MBL, simulations, and animations in the teaching of graphs, and students' conceptual understanding of Newton's laws of motion.

His other areas of interest include ways to enhance science instruction and learning for students and pupils, interactive engagement approaches, ICT integration in the teaching of electricity and magnetism, inquiry-based mechanics instruction, and students' comprehension of the concepts of heat and temperature.

Prof. Antwi co-authored Integrated Science Books for Junior High Schools (JHS) 1, 2, and 3, adopted by the Government of Ghana for public schools. He was also among the authors who wrote the new syllabuses and course manuals for the Science programme, sponsored by Transforming Teaching, Education, and Learning (T-TEL) at the Colleges of Education. He has also been involved in the teaching and training of teachers in physics education at the secondary and tertiary levels in Ghana.

On 13th January, 1966, in Kumasi, Prof. Victor Antwi was born. He received his elementary and secondary education in Kumasi at the Amakom Abrotia L/A School and the T. I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, respectively.

Upon graduating from the Teacher Training College at Akrokerri, he was assigned to Juaso Presbyterian Junior Secondary School, where, from JHS 1 to JHS 3, he taught science and mathematics. He took a study break and completed his physics-focused bachelor's degree and diploma in education at the then-University College of Education of Winneba (UCEW), now UEW.

He worked for the Department of Science Education at the time as a teaching assistant. He received sponsorship from UCEW to pursue his Master of Philosophy in Physics at the University of Cape Coast after serving for exactly one year.

Initially hired as a research fellow by UCEW, Prof. Antwi was then employed as a lecturer by the Department of Science Education. He thereafter received a grant from NUFFIC to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in Physics Education at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He teaches physics, mathematics, integrated science, and early childhood education courses at UEW as a lecturer in the Department of Physics Education. In 2016, Prof. Antwi emerged as the best lecturer at the UEW.

Prof. Antwi is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Theresa Antwi, a senior lecturer at the Department of Counseling Psychology, UEW, and they are blessed with two children, ING Kwame Antwi Boasiako and ING Yaa Sarfowaa Antwi.

In an interview with the UEW Department of Media Relations, Prof. Antwi indicated his commitment to helping the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, to achieve his vision for the University.    

“My humble request to faculty and the supporting staff is that we should all put our shoulders on the wheel and support the reconciliation process initiated by the Vice-Chancellor and the Governing Council to make UEW a better place for all of us,” he said.

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