Africa Alumni Association

Our alumni network

We are proud to have over 150,000 alumni in our global alumni community, with over 5,000 alumni located in Africa.

Our Africa Alumni Association is a great way to socialise, meet new people and network to support your career. Through the Association, recent graduates can benefit from the expertise of experienced alumni, who can assist them with navigating Africa's competitive job market. Additionally, alumni can also support prospective students by sharing their university experiences and offering advice with university applications.

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Africa Alumni Fellow

Dhana Ramasamy, Finance Director of Nando's, is the Africa Alumni Fellow. Dhana achieved her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (Strategic Management) (MSc) from the University of Derby. With over 18 years of experience in the retail sector, she is a member of Nando’s Botswana Executive Committee and is passionate about community development, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She is currently an Executive Secretary for the Botswana Tamil Cultural Association, an Executive Member of the CIMA Botswana Branch and a Treasurer for the Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) Alumni Association and the Woman and Sport Association of Botswana (WASBO).

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I am excited to support the University of Derby's alumni community in Africa by sharing my career journey and supporting the delivery of engagement opportunities and other initiatives with my fellow alumni.

Dhana Ramasamy
Africa Alumni Fellow

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Connect with fellow alumni and keep up to date with the latest news and events with the Africa Alumni Association's social media pages.

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As part of our new Africa Alumni Association, we expect to share details of future events and activities soon.

Our latest Alumni news

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A leading Derby child protection expert and the founder of a charity supporting vulnerable women are among those receiving honorary degrees from the University of Derby later this month.

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Legendary West Indian cricketer Michael Holding, known as ‘Whispering Death’ for his pace bowling technique, is among the honorary graduates being recognised by the University of Derby at its awards ceremonies later this month.

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A partnership between the University of Derby and Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd focused on developing nuclear skills and experts of the future has been recognised at a top industry awards ceremony.

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Qualified registered nurses are retraining as midwives thanks to a new Masters degree at the University of Derby that aims to address the shortage in qualified midwives.

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A University of Derby student has been described as ‘one to watch’ and a ‘star of the future’ after being selected to join the GB Cycling team. Rhianna Parris-Smith, who is studying BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching, has been part of the University’s Sport Scholarship programme since she started her studies in 2020.