Graduation 2013: Studying from Africa proves no barrier for Yaw
A DERBY graduate has become the first university lecturer in his subject in his home country of Ghana after completing his studies through distance learning.
Yaw Amo Wiafe, 34, from Kumasi in Ghana, studied for a Masters in Advanced Practice of Medical Ultrasound.
By achieving this academic qualification, Yaw has become one of very few highly-qualified ultrasound professionals in the Ghanaian health service, and the country's first ultrasound lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Yaw said: "It has always been my dream to access UK education. Ghana was once a British colony and we have so much regard for the quality of UK education, so it was a dream come true when Derby offered me the admission.
"I am now teaching ultrasound at undergraduate level in the first-ever accredited bachelor's degree programme in sonography in West Africa. I must thank my lecturers at Derby for their support. Studying all the way from Africa was challenging at times but my supervisor was contactable by phone and e-mail whenever I needed tutorials."
Senior lecturer Heather Venables said: "We have been delighted to support Yaw as he has worked to gain this qualification. We are all so proud of his achievement."
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