PROF. YAKUBU HARUNA- VICE-CHANCELLOR OF UDS
Prof. Yakubu was born on October 24, 1955, in Tamale, the capital town of the Northern Region of Ghana. He attended Jijiadeyiri Primary School in Wa, Aningazanga Experimental Primary School in Bolgatanga and Kalpohin Middle School in Tamale before proceeding to T. I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Kumasi for his secondary education in 1968. He went on scholarship to Kishinev State University, Kishinev in the former Soviet Union where he graduated with an M.Sc degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1984. After returning to Ghana to lecture at the University of Cape Coast for four (4) years, he entered Moldova State University again in Kishinev, from where he obtained his Ph.D in Semiconductor Physics in 1992. He returned to the University of Cape Coast as a lecturer and by dint of hard work rose through the ranks steadily until his present appointment.
At the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Yakubu was actively involved in the administration of the University and occupied various positions including Head of the Department of Physics, Head of the Department of Optometry, Chairman of the ICT Committee and Dean of Students. He was also a member of the UCC Council for three (3) years before becoming the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University for four (4) years. He has been lecturing for 26 years.
Between 1997 and 1999, Prof. Yakubu worked as a Research Fellow at the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Environment-ENEA (Department of Energy -Portici) where he researched extensively into solar cell fabrication techniques and alternative sources of energy. Particularly, he worked on the optical characterization of semiconductor materials and solar modules under Standard Test Conditions (STC) and real operating conditions.
He is a member of many national and international associations including the International Solar Energy Society, Centre for Renewable Studies, Ghana Science Association and the Ghana Physical Society. Prof. has had many honours and awards to his credit and these include: Chairman of Governing Council of Centre for Renewable Energy Studies (CRES), Ghana; Executive Member of the Ghana Solar Energy Society; Member of Governing Council of Foundation for Security and Development of Africa (FOSDA), Ghana; Founding Member of the Energy Research Group, Ghana; and Senior Associate of International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy.
Prof. Yakubu speaks many international languages; English, Russian, Hausa and others. His research interest area is on Energy studies: renewable and alternative sources of energy; solar cell fabrication, installation and sizing of photovoltaic systems; optical studies and characterisation of photovoltaic modules/devices and standards in PV systems.