On Wednesday, 6th October 2021, the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) in Finland awarded Lukumanu Iddrisu as its first-ever alumni of the year at VAMK.
The ceremony was their pioneer alumni event which brought together all those who have studied or worked at the institution. The theme was focused on future working life and the importance of humanity for a career path. The climax of the event was the Alumnus of the Year award.
This prestigious honourary award makes Lukumanu Iddrisu, the first Ghanaian and/or African to attain such a feat in a Finnish higher educational institution.
Iddrisu, moved to Vaasa, Finland, in 2014 to study English-language International Business degree program. He is known as a persistent student and networker who is not afraid to present his ideas. His unwillingness to work has helped him advance in his career and pursue his dreams.
At the event, Rector and CEO of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Kati Komulainen, remarked that Iddrisu has represented the school in a positive light. “We are proud of your success. You are an example to all students,” she said.
In an interview, Iddrisu stated how surprised but honoured he is to achieve this honour.
“When I got admission to study at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences 7 years ago, my dream was to graduate and get a suitable job in Finland. I never imagined that whatever I did during and after school made a positive impact. I’m surprised but happy to emerge the first-ever alumnus of the year.” Iddrisu noted.
Lukumanu Iddrisu –a Dagomba by tribe– was born and raised in Tema. He is a staff of Wärstilä’s Human Resource and Employer Branding team. Currently, he is a final year Masters in Strategic Business Development student at the University of Vaasa.
He is well known in Finland as a community builder who challenges the Finnish industry to utilise the talents of immigrants. He communicates to international students and immigrants on how they could network, build relationships, and validate their value to Finnish industry players.