Monday 26 October 2020

The British Council is delighted to announce the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019-2020 Global winner from Ghana. The winner was selected from around 1,000 applicants from around the world, for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Ghana. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday October 30 2020.

The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world.

Now in its sixth year, the award received applications from around 1,000 applicants from international UK alumni in more than 100 countries, representing more than 120 UK higher education institutions across the UK.

The award recipient for the Social Impact category, which recognises alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change to their community, profession and country, is Mr Albert Opoku, a graduate of University of Bath.

Albert is the co-founder of hapaSpace, a Kumasi-based hub that provides start-ups with training and mentorship opportunities. Since its launch in 2016, hapaSpace has supported more than 1,000 people to grow their businesses. Albert has further contributed to the tech ecosystem in Ghana through his Google-funded Code4Girls project, which trained 1,242 girls in computer programming. He describes the access to world-class tech facilities, events and experts as the highlight of his UK education.

Commenting on the award, the Country Director of British Council in Ghana, Mr Alan Rutt said: “The remarkable individuals selected as finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards in Ghana have all taken their UK education as a starting point to excel in their chosen careers and shape the world around them. This year’s finalists are testimony not only to the diversity of UK alumni and their endeavours, but also to the transformative impact of a UK education. Congratulations to all the finalists selected and especially to Albert Opoku on winning this award. With around 1,000 applicants from around the world, this is a truly remarkable achievement.”

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Notes to Editor

About the Study UK Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards were developed by the British Council and UK universities, and were launched by the British Council in September 2014. They are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have been officially registered as a degree level student or higher, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester, or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university, within the last 15 years.

Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. The Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raises the profile and reputation of UK alumni, their former universities, and the whole of UK education.

Awards are presented in three categories:

Professional Achievement Award

Recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.

Entrepreneurial Award

Recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative and creative new ideas and solutions, and/or business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth.

Social Impact Award

Recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Study UK Alumni Award ceremonies/digital announcements 2019-20:

China               07 December 2019                

Qatar               07 December 2019

Azerbaijan       13 December 2019

Thailand          11 January 2020

Egypt               22 January 2020

Malaysia          06 February 2020

Turkey             06 February 2020

Pakistan          29 February 2020

Kuwait             04 March 2020

India                14 March 2020

Saudi Arabia   11 March 2020

Greece            11 March 2020

For full details about the Study UK Alumni Awards please refer to:

For a list of previous Study UK Alumni Award recipients, please refer to:  

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources, we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we directly reach over 65 million people and more than 660 million people via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Fifteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

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