Ten KNUST Optometry Students Secure Highly Ranked Student Fellowship at American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) has awarded ten (10) students from the Department of Optometry and Visual Science, College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, with the prestigious Student Fellowship Award.

The Student Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in cutting-edge research and enhance their knowledge of modern technology deployed in eye care through lectures, workshops, poster presentations, and many more. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, these outstanding students defied the odds to participate in the first-ever virtual AAO Annual Meeting 2020 at home, and have completed the requirements to be Student Fellows of the Academy.

On 8th February 2021, Dr Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, OD, PhD, FAAO, a Fellow of the Academy, and a Lecturer in the Optometry Department KNUST presented the awards to the respective students on behalf of AAO.

Below are the names of the students who have earned this designation:

Isaiah Osei Duah Junior, Naa Adorkor Lomotey, Ben-Nathaniel Fosu, Joycelyn Arko Arhin, Earl Boadi Appiah, Lucy Akua Afriyie Karikari, Benjamin Baah Konadu, Christabel Arthur, Ewura-Ama Horthman, and Adwoa Owusuwaa Broni.

Each student received a certificate of completion and lapel pin. The students have also been granted complimentary registration for AAO Annual Meeting 2021 which will take place November 3-6, 2021 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, USA.

Congratulations on setting the pace! All the best in your endeavours, and keep making your families and KNUST proud!

Picture description: On the front row from left to right (Adwoa Owusuwaa Broni, Lucy Akua Afriyie Karikari, Ewura-Ama Horthman, Ben-Nathaniel Fosu), middle row (Isaiah Osei Duah Junior, Joycelyn Arko Arhin, Naa Adorkor Lomotey, Earl Boadi Appiah) back row (Dr Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, OD, PhD, FAAO, Benjamin Baah Konadu)

A Ghanaian Student in Brazil Drowns And Dies In Waterfalls

Report from Gam Radio Africa Brazil indicates that a Ghanaian student, Kofi Akowuah Junior popularly called Junior or Fii among friends, studying in one of the universities in brazil has been reported dead on Saturday afternoon 31/012021. According to @itatiaiaoficial , despite attempts to revive him after he had drowned, Junior was pronounced dead by a local doctor on their way to the hospital in Minas Gerais a city in Brazil.

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Sumy State University, Ukraine To Take Part in Emory Global Health Case Competitions 2021 in USA.

Sumy State University, Ukraine has been selected to take part in the Emory Global Health Case Competitions 2021 in the United State. This was announced by Rebecca Baggett director of student programs Emory Global Health Institute during World Youth International Model United Nations-Ukraine Virtual Conference 2021.

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The Emory Global Health Institute helps Emory University and its global partners bring health issues into focus and improve health around the world. Learn about our approach, our emphasis on vulnerable populations living in low-and-middle-income countries, our robust breadth of programs, research, and scholarship opportunities, and how you can be a catalyst for global change.

NUGS Kharkov Had a Virtual General Assembly Meeting To Address Its Members.

Today 03/01/2021 National Union of Ghana student Kharkov, Ukraine has held a Virtual General Assembly Meeting via zoom to discuss, account and highlight on the progress they have made and also to resolve issues bordering its members.

Kindly follow the link below to watch and dont forget to comment .



A Virtual Festive Get-Together and General Assembly, the first of its kind, was held on the 28th of
December, 2020, by the National Union of Ghana Students-Ternopil.

In view of the COVID 19 situation, it was an alternative way of bringing our people together to have a
good time and connect, since it’s the Festive Season. Many guests were invited out of which we had the
Dean of the International Students Faculty of TNMU – Prof. P. R. Selskyy, Ass. Prof. Olena V. Pokryshko –
Head of the Laboratory of Microbiological and Parasitological Researches of TNMU, Representatives of
our National and sister unions, and some of our Alumni that graduated from TNMU including Dr. Mrs.
Juliet Tufuor (formerly Kusi-Boateng), Dr. Samuel Asare Boahen, Dr. Henry Osei Amponsah and Dr.
Christian Acquah, attending.

It was a lovely time together where the invited guests shared beautiful and encouraging messages,
virtual performances were witnessed and interactive games were played, some in English and Ukrainian
Language. Citations of Honour were presented to the invited guests for their continuous support to the
union, for which we are and will always be grateful.

In addition, our General Assembly Agendas were carried out in the course of the program, where the
various achievements of the union in the current academic year were highlighted, with a video
presentation of the summary of the semester activities of the union displayed.
All in all, it was a wonderful program and we are grateful to all those that participated and helped make
it a great success.

Hundreds of Foreign Medical Students in Ukraine Protested to the Ministry of Education to Reduce The Cut Off Percentage of the Krok1 Exams in Kiev.

Group of Foreign medical students protested in Kiev pleading to the Ministry education to reduce the passing percentage of the Krok1 Exams at Mykhaila Hrushevskoho St, 7, Ministry of Health premises 30/12/2020..

According to them, Because of the COVID 19, they were not able to study properly and also were not happy of the way the lecturer conducted classes in addition, language barrier was also a factor lecturers were not able to express themselves well in English and some also request bribes to pass some subjects.

“Days ago We – medical students from Kyiv Medical University of UAFM protested in number of 50 people at the Ministry of Science , for lowering the passing age for KROK at least till 50.5%. ( NOW ITS 55.5%). We submitted an application to the Ministry of Education and Science about our request and got an official answer! Today we’ve got a call from the Ministry of Education that to DECREASE THE PASSING AGE is possible if the critical amount of Students will come! And They said that the Final decision will make. “

What Happened To The Scholarships Dr. Kodzo Asamany Questioned Evans Amoateng NUGS Ukraine President

Yesterday 27th December 2020, The former NUGS Kharkov president Dr. Kodzo Asamany on a live interview via Instagram concerning issues of NUGS Ukraine Questioned the new administration about the scholarship students applied some months ago which has been headache for a lot of active members who showed interest.

Current NUGS Ukraine Administration Are Becoming Ineffectual-Dr.Kodzo Asamany.

Yesterday 27th December 2020, The former NUGS Kharkov president Dr. Kodzo Asamany has raised concerns about the current administration of NUGS Ukraine for failing to deliver their promises and what really hurt him is, the previous administration raised the union to some standard which he thought that legacy will continue but rather failing.

He expressed his concerns via Instagram live with NUGS Kharkiv fila night host Adel Yeboah and co-host Andy Amuzu Kpeglo Active member of the union.

Below are some of the concern issues he raised.

1. It’s been 5 months ever since they were sworn into office and yet they’ve never had any General meeting yet. Why?
2. They promised to continue the ideas of their predecessors. What have they promoted so far ?

3. Supervise the formation of various academic clubs. Where are these clubs ? When are they going to outdoor them for the public to see? They promise to organize medical quiz, debates and economics quizzes. Can they tell us the number of quizzes they’ve organized so far ?

  1. They said they will organize career enhancing seminars for the members
    How many of such have they organized ?
  2. They said they will champion the formation of International Students Representative Council and also issue international cards to the members. How many of such cards have they issued so far ?
    They said they will start selling Nugs branded exercise books and t shirts. How many cities have received copies of their items to be sold ?
  3. They said they will name and shame the bad agents and work hand in hand with the good ones as well as praise them.
    How many of such agents have been shamed ? And how many of them have been praised ?
  4. They said that the Deputy Minister of Ghana assured them that he will help so that the government of Ghana will have a deeper ties with the Ukrainian government? How far have they come with that ?
  5. What happened to the scholarships?
  6. What happened to the weekly show organized by the Office of integration?
  7. Lastly they said we should put our faith and trust in them that if we vote for them they will deliverer.
    We voted and they are not producing results

According to him these and many other things they’ve failed to do

Criticisms should be part of the culture where the members have also failed to which make the leaders comfortable at the top because we don’t demand. We should also avail ourselves when they need us after they’ve delivered as promised.

The solution to criticisms is the work you put in and not foot soldiers sending messages to threaten people.

How did we get here ? Since when did people start threatening those who speak their minds ? I thought we were guided by a constitution and a member has the right to air his/her views

It’s only in this administration that you can’t say anything and has led to this then I’m sorry they’ve really failed as a team. They will surely be remembered as the most incompetent administration ever.

They still have about 6months to sit up or better still they can sit in their comfort zone and boast of helping with documentations and renewal of passports. Something that was started years ago which is suppose to be a must and nothing sort to boast off as if they are doing a big favor for the locals

They can turn a deaf ear and pretend to be blind but the majority who have eyes to see have seen and have ears have heard and it will go down in the memory lane


The president of the Nation Union of Ghana students (NUGS) Kharkov Amos Ankomah popularly known as Karles Kobby has been honored with an award by International Christian Medical Association (ICMA) Kharkov, Ukraine at their 2020 handing over ceremony.

It was a grate feeling to get such an amazing honor he quickly posted on his Instagram story with a caption of gratitude.


Brief history of ICMA

The beginnings of ICMA Ukraine began in 2010 when foreign med students attended the annual meeting of the Young Christian Medical Association of Ukraine. Inspired by this meeting William Lamptey (Ternopil State Medical Institute) approached Rostyslav Semikov (Christian Medical Association, Ukraine) and Jim Peipon (Ukraine Medical Outreach) for support to hold a conference but in English. Upon return to Ternopil William discussed the idea with fellow medical students Gift Elenga and Funom Makama. They in turn recruited James Okafor (Sumy State Medical Instiute), Leslie Ako (Poltava State Medical Institute), Joseph Ansong (Chernivtsi State Medical Institute), Daniel Bassana (Ivano-Frankivsk State Medical Institute), and Kingsley Emesiobi (Lugansk State Medical Institute) to form a leadership council to promote Christian fellowship, particularly among foreign students attending each of their institutes. The International Christian Medical Association of Ukraine was born. The contribution these young men made to the birth of ICMAU cannot be underestimated
The leadership council decided to convene a conference inviting students both foreign and national from all over Ukraine to participate. The first meeting was held in Kharkov with approximately 100 students attending. This was a great encouragement to the leadership council. It was decided to hold the next conference in 2011 in Ternopil. The council asked Ukraine Medical Outreach (Jim Peipon), the Christian Medical Association of Ukraine (Rostyslav Semikov) and Christian Missionary Fellowship (June Johnson) to act as senior advisors.