At the University of New Mexico in the United States of America, Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa holds the record for being the youngest PhD recipient.
Ruth, who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) in 2021 at the age of 17, is now Ghana’s youngest university graduate.
At the age of 13, Ruth was accepted to the university to go towards a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She attended the University of New Mexico after receiving the top grade in her graduating class.
Ruth’s dream job is working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US when she has finished her doctoral electrical engineering studies there.
When the former St. Louis Senior High School student was admitted as KNUST’s youngest-ever student, she attracted initial notice. She is currently the youngest Ghanaian university graduate, having graduated at age 17.
Prior to SHS, she attended the Christ Our Hope International School and the Abraham Lincoln Junior High School in Kumasi.
Ruth is descended from a mathematical family; her father is a professor at Prempeh College. She stated the following:
“I was able to overcome the many challenges because God saw me through, and I looked to him at all times. Also, I had my eyes focused on the end goal. Some of my course mates felt intimidated because they thought I was too brilliant. Others wondered if I was cut for the journey. All these brought me to the point of questioning my potential but found solace in how far I have come, the support I received and the future that awaits me,” she said.
SOURCE: Senali News Ghana