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Columbia University Students Pay Courtesy Call on President Kufuor

A delegation of students from the University of Columbia Business School, USA has paid a courtesy call on chairman of the John A. Kufuor Foundation, former President John Agyekum Kufuor at his residence. The students are in Ghana to learn about the country’s cocoa sector and the history around it. The US delegation were at the residence of the former president in the company of officials from the foundation, and some members of the Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP).


Prof. Stephen Meier who is chair of the Management Division at the University of Columbia Business School expressed his excitement at the opportunity for the students to engage the former president and Kufuor Scholars. “We have learnt a lot and I hope this collaboration will open more opportunities for our students,” he said.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor said there is a strong need for the youth to be trained to have the spirits of service and humanity.

“The basic principles I don’t think should change, it’s all got to do with humanity, bettering the lot of mankind across board,” he said.

“Our decisions as leaders or politicians at the top must have a positive impact at the bottom; it should be to better the interest of the people always” the former president added.


Founder of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa Foundation Ambassador Johanna Svanikier who escorted the foreign delegation thanked the president for helping promote African heritage and culture for social and economic progress. “We are excited to partner the John A. Kufuor Foundation,” she said.

Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah who is Chief Executive Officer of the John A. Kufuor Foundation explained to the US delegation that the Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP) is a leadership and mentorship program for young people in Ghanaian Universities.

It aims to add value to the formal education they get at the tertiary level by providing specialized orientation through programmed mentorship, skills development, and experiential activities. The program has the objective of producing leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism.


“The program started in 2015 and seeks to empower them with ethical problem-solving skills,” he said.

Ms. Abigal Yayra Asafo and Mr. Patrick.A. Akubilla who are both Kufuor Scholars expressed their excitement at the opportunity to engage colleagues from other parts of the world.

“This meeting has been an eye opening one; having a conversation with students from University of Columbia Business School, USA and exchanging ideas and networking is a good move,” one of them said.