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Prof. Sylvester Achio began his elementary education at the Nayagenia L/A Roman Catholic School from 1962 to 1972 and proceeded to Navrongo Secondary School in 1972 where he obtained his GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level education and completed in 1979. In 1983, Prof. Achio obtained a scholarship from the Ghanaian Government to study Agricultural Science (Agronomy) in the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Science and a Diploma in Russian Language from the same institution (Agricultural Institute of Kazakhstan).
He further pursued a Ph.D programme in Biological Science at the Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology and Virology in the Republic of Kazakhstan (USSR) and completed in 1992, returning to Ghana where he undertook his National Service in the same year at the Adukrom Secondary/Technical School in the Eastern Region.
Prof. Achio has, over the years, gained a lot of experience through his work in the educational sector from the basic level through to the tertiary level. Some of the institutions he has worked with include the following: the Chiana Experimental JSS – 1981/1982, Sandema Secondary/Technical School – 1982/1983, Pacesetters Secondary School – 1994/1996 and Accra Polytechnic – 1997 to date. He also worked as a field assistant at the Tono Irrigation Project, ICOUR in Navrongo (1980 – 1981) and a rice irrigation farm “BOSHOD”, an animal feed production firm, for Six months in 1988 and 1992 respectively.
From humble beginnings as a lecturer in Accra Polytechnic, he rose to become the Deputy Head of Department of the Science Laboratory Technology from 2001 – 2002 and subsequently, the Head of the Department and the Dean of the School of Applied Sciences and Arts from 2002 – 2003. He also served as the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (local POTAG) representative to the Governing Council of Accra Polytechnic. He was appointed as the Vice Rector of the Polytechnic for two terms, from 2003 to 2007.
Prior to his appointment as Rector of Accra Polytechnic in 2012, Prof. Achio was the Head and Coordinator of the Research and Innovation Centre where he was responsible for coordinating the research activities of the Polytechnic.
At the national level, he was appointed as an External Assessor on the Appointment and Promotion Committee of Koforidua Polytechnic, a member of the Joint Task Force and the Advisory Board for ‘On-the-Job’ Training and Apprenticeship in the informal Sector, initiated by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning from 2006 to 2007. He has also rendered his service to other institutions such as the Methodist University and the Utrecht School of the Arts (the Netherlands).
Prof. Achio helped to initiate a NUFFIC Project on Competence Based Learning/ Training, which included the preparation of a curriculum for the Department of Fashion Design and Textiles of Accra Polytechnic from 2003 to 2006.
He also became the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Maiden General Assembly Meeting of the West Africa Polytechnic Games Association (WAPOGA) in 2006 and worked assiduously to champion the activities of WAPOGA. In addition, he was appointed member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2nd African Conference on Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms held in Ghana in 2009.
He worked to attract a number of awards which included the Ghana Scholarship Award (1983 – 1989); the Special Stipend Award for Excellence (1984 – 1989), the Proposal Writing Award for the Department of Fashion, Design and Textiles, Accra Polytechnic (2003 – 2007), and the Teaching and Learning Institution Fund (TALIF) 2005. He was also co-awarded for being the third best and the best presenter in the Applied Science and Engineering categories at the Koforidua Annual Research Conference in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Prof. Sylvester Achio recently decorated a Noble by the West Africa Noblest Forum is also the President of the West Africa Polytechnic Games Association (WAPOGA).
He is married to Mrs. Monica Apevenu Achio with two (2) biological and three (3) adopted children. He is a devoted Christian who worships with the St. Kizito Catholic Church in Accra.
Professor Achio contributed diversely and variously to knowledge in academia. As a writer, he has, authored and co-authored books on varying degree of subjects including Agriculture, Research and Allied Sciences, all totaling twelve (12) books. The distinguished professor (associate) has twenty-nine (29) Refereed Published Journal Articles to his credit in addition to eighteen (18) Refereed and five (5) Non- Refereed Conference Papers.
As a key innovator in the area of science, Professor Sylvester Achio has innovated and showcased nine such innovations and their accompanying posters at Exhibitions and Poster Conferences.
In collaboration with other researchers, Professor Sylvester Achio has raised up to US$345,896.44 in competitive research grants. Some of Prof. Sylvester Achio’s publications and accepted and implemented proposals are listed below:
Achio Sylvester, Abormegah H.E.K., “Institutional Strengthening of Post Secondary Education and Training Capacity (NPT), for the Department of Fashion Design and Textile in Accra Polytechnic”, NUFFIC, a Netherlands’ Programme, (2003), Published and an amount of €650,000 awarded.