Former Chairman

PROF. D. D. KUUPOLE                        Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape-Coast Ghana: 2010-2015

Prof. Domwini Dabire Kuupole is from a typical agrarian community of Nandom-Kogle in the Upper West Region of Ghana.  He speaks and writes fluent Dagara, English and French.

His early desire to have formal education saw him enrolling at Kogle Roman Catholic Primary and Middle Schools from 1962 to 1971. He attended Nandom Secondary School from 1971 to 1978 where he obtained the General Certificate of Education (GCE) “O” and “A” Levels. He later enrolled and studied successfully at the University of Cape Coast for the Bachelor of Arts in French, and Diploma in Education from 1978 to 1982.

His quest for excellence and quality education offered him an opportunity at Université de Franche-Comté, Besancon, France, to pursue his M.Phil. and Doctorate Degrees from 1986 to 1989 and 1992 to 1995  respectively.  His areas of specialization are General and Applied Linguistics, Didactics and Sociolinguistics.

In terms of his academic career record, he became a Research Associate in the Department of French, University of Cape Coast in 1984. In 1989, he worked as a tutor at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée in Besancon, France. He became a Lecturer from 1989 to 1996 and subsequently, a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2001 in the Department of French, University of Cape Coast. He became an Associate Professor from 2001 to 2007 and a Full Professor in 2007.

Besides lecturing and assessing students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, he has served in various capacities within the University, namely:

* Hall Master, Casely-Hayford Hall (his former hall) from 1998 to 2001

* Head of Department of French from 2001 to 2004

* Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts from 2001 to 2002

* Dean, Faculty of Arts from 2002 to 2009

* National Secretary, UCC Alumni Association from 1998 to 2001

* National President, UCC Alumni Association from 2001 to 2015

By dint of hard work, he rose to the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from January 2010 to September 2012 and then the Vice-Chancellor to date.

He has been or still is a member of many committees in the University of Cape Coast some of which are; Faculty of Arts Board, Academic Board, Professional Board (Institute of Education) Executive Committee, Development Committee, Finance Committee, several Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals.

He has also rendered several national and international outreach services. He was the TALIF proposal reviewer in the Humanities (National), a member of the Colleges of Education Statutes Committee (2011), NCTE, Accra. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for French Government Sponsored Projects (FSP), a Governing Board member of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Chairman of AAU, Steering Committee, a member of National Accreditation Board (NAB), and a Member of Central University College Board of Regents.  He is currently the Chairman of the Association of West African Universities, Vice-Chancellors Ghana and also Local Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Ghana Association of French Teachers (GAFT) and the Réseau des Centres de français langue étrangère d’Afrique (RECFLEA), He is the former Chairman of an NGO in the Nandom Traditional Area (UWR): Foundation for Rural Education, Empowerment and Development (FREED).

Prof. D.D. Kuupole has several research works and publications to his credit in the following areas: Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis and French Language Teaching.

Prof. Kuupole has travelled extensively on University or national assignments. Some of the countries visited include France, Britain, USA, Spain, Canada, India, Germany, China, Libya, Liberia, South Africa, Israel, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Kigali, Nigeria, La Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo,  Benin, Gabon and some of the Scandinavian countries.

Due to his hard work and extensive propagation of the French language, he was given the award of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in April, 2007, and in June 2013, he was also awarded the Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government.

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