AfREC was very saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Dr Ibrahim Bedi from the University of Ghana on 2 March 2020. The University of Ghana Registrar’s Office announced the passing of Dr Bedi on 3 March. Dr Bedi was the Director of the University’s Internal Audit Directorate and also a leader of UG’s international engagement activities. UWA worked very closely with Dr Bedi through the Australia Africa Universities Network, Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group, and through the bilateral UWA-UG MoU.
A letter of condolence to the University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ebenezer Owusu was sent on behalf of UWA signed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships) Tayyeb Shah, AfREC Director Dr David Mickler, and AfREC Community Coordinator and University of Ghana alumnus Dr Dominic Dagbanja. The letter read as follows:
Dear Professor Owusu,
On behalf of the University of Western Australia and the Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC), we would like to send our sincere condolences at the sad recent passing of our friend and colleague Dr Ibrahim Bedi.
Dr Bedi was a highly valued colleague and friend for many of us at UWA, including through our many interactions in the WUN Global Africa Group, Australia Africa Universities Network, and through our bilateral UWA‐UG partnership.
Dr Bedi was one of the most active, reliable, committed and enthusiastic members of WUN GAG and AAUN and visited UWA here in Perth many times at part of numerous UG delegations. He was instrumental in helping to organise the WUN GAG launch workshop at UG in 2017 and also contributed to the WUN GAG collaborative book publication on Africa and the SDGs. We will greatly miss his highly valued and impactful contributions to international university collaboration.
On a personal level, Dr Bedi was one of the friendliest, supportive and collegial people we have worked with. He combined great humour and humanity with a dedication to his research and university service. He taught us to always see the positives and possibilities instead of challenges.
Dr Bedi will be greatly missed by UWA and AfREC. We offer our sincere condolences to Dr Bedi’s family and friends, to his close colleagues including yourself and Prof. Adjei, and to the whole University of Ghana community.
Yours in sympathy.