Prof. Michael Burke visited several universities in Accra and surroundings to engage students on the power and implications of reading and communication in a changing global context.

First stop on his journey in Ghana was a visit to Ashesi University, where he met with Ghanaian counterparts and discussed a possible cross-continental exchange programme. He then went on to lecture at the University of Media Arts and Communication (UniMAC) on Communication about Climate Change, where he received a warm welcome and a flood of questions from interested students – future journalists and leaders.

Finally, at the University of Ghana, home to over 70,000 + students, he gave one lecture on the future of reading in a digital world to the Department of Humanities and held a second session to the Department of Political Sciences the following day.

Despite this packed schedule, staff of the EU Delegation and EU Member States in Ghana also had the chance to benefit from Prof. Burke’s visit. They received workshops on pitching and speechwriting, essential skills for diplomats and their teams.

Burke is Professor of Rhetoric at University College Roosevelt where he is also the Head of the Arts & Humanities Department. He has been a Professor since 2012 and was the Honors Dean at Utrecht University in 2016-2021. In recent years, he has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Glasgow, Cambridge and Bologna, and he has given keynote lectures and workshops across the world. In that time, he has published widely in the fields of language and communication.