Diasporian News of Thu, 9 Aug 2018100
Ghanaian tops all in Russian University
An alumnus of Dormaa Senior High School, Abdul-Kadir Ameyaw made history in Russia after graduating as the overall best student with a 5.00/5.00 GPA at Russian State Hydrometeorological University.
This means Mr. Ameyaw had a perfect GPA, getting an A in every subject for 4 years straight, a first in the history of his faculty.
It is also the first time in four years that a student has scored 5.00 GPA at his university. To obtain a First Class, one needs GPA 4.85 to 5. Over 800 students graduated with Abdul-Kadir, but was the only one who had a perfect score.
His feat is making waves because, for an international student who came to Russia with no knowledge of the language to study the language and get straight A(s) for 4 years has been described as “absolutely unbelievable”.
Abdul-Kadir Ameyaw who is a native of Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo region had his basic education at St. John’s International School.
He proceeded to Dormaa SHS where he won a full scholarship to Study in the United States as part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program. Upon returning to his SHS, he passed West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to further his education at the University of Ghana, Legon.
After three semesters at the university, he left to pursue a degree in Economics in Russia on the Ghana-Russia Bilateral Scholarship.
Studying in a new language according to Abdul was not easy but a ten-month language preparatory course prior to studying economics was the saviour.
“First year was the toughest because we were put in the same group with Russians and the lecturers never slowed down. I barely understood what was taught at lectures,” he recalled.
His strategy was staying ahead of the class day after day.
He later gained grounds to represent his university at several academic and non-academic competitions.
The Ghanaian braved all odds to even win two scholarships for his master’s degree:
First, the Economic Olympics of The Open Doors Russian Scholarship Project from the ministry of education for winning the Olympics. The Economics Olympics of The Open Doors Russian Scholarship Project granted him a full-scholarship to pursue master’s degree in any Russian university of his choice, which he chose St. Petersburg State University.
Interestingly, when he applied directly to Petersburg State University to further his education, the school also gave him a full scholarship due to his academic and extra curriculum performance.
Abdul however accepted the Economic Olympics of The Open Doors Russian Scholarship Project to pursue his Masters in Management at the St. Petersburg State University Graduate School of Management, a renowned school of management in Eastern Europe.