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Exploring the World of Actuarial Science: An Informative Session at KNUST

Mon 7 Aug 2023
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The College of Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) hosted an enlightening event titled "Time with an Actuary" on the 26th of July, 2023. The event took place at SF1 of Aboagye Menyeh Complex of the College, attracting a diverse audience of students eager to gain insights into the realm of actuarial science and its real-world applications. The session, organized by Prof. Gabriel Asare Okyere and Dr. Samuel Asante Gyamerah, aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical applications in the field of actuarial science. The event ran from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, offering a comprehensive exploration of the subject matter.


The primary focus of the session was to provide attendees, predominantly students pursuing studies in actuarial science, statistics, and related disciplines, with a deeper understanding of how actuarial concepts and theories find application in real-world scenarios across various industries. The session was structured to encompass diverse aspects of actuarial work, ranging from risk assessment and financial modelling to data analysis and decision-making processes.

A key objective of the event was to offer career guidance to the attendees. As aspiring actuaries, the students were presented with invaluable insights into potential career paths, job roles, and the multitude of opportunities available to them in the dynamic field of actuarial science. The event aimed to empower students with a comprehensive understanding of the industry's landscape, ensuring that they are well-equipped to make informed decisions about their future endeavours.

statsFurthermore, the session provided a unique networking platform for the students. Mr. Joel Manu, a distinguished alumnus of KNUST and a Model Actuary at Legal and General USA, was the esteemed presenter for the event. Having completed his BSc in Actuarial Science at KNUST, Mr. Manu has risen to prominence in the actuarial field and has demonstrated his commitment to giving back to his alma mater. His participation in this event allowed the students to connect with a practising professional, enabling them to seek advice, ask questions, and establish potential mentorship relationships.

The informative presentation by Mr. Joel Manu shed light on the practical applications of actuarial science, drawing from his personal experiences and insights gained from his journey in the industry. The attendees were captivated by his real-world examples and engaging anecdotes that provided a tangible perspective on the intricacies of the field.


In conclusion, "Time with an Actuary" at KNUST's College of Science offered a unique and enriching experience for students seeking to venture into the world of actuarial science. The session successfully achieved its objectives of providing practical insights, offering career guidance, and fostering networking opportunities. The event not only contributed to the academic and professional development of the attendees but also highlighted the continuous collaboration between the university and its accomplished alumni.