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18-year-old Ghanaian, Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, offered a PhD program at a top US university

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, a young Ghanaian genius who made history by enrolling in KNUST at the age of 13 to get a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, has now been accepted into a PhD program at New Mexico University at the age of 18. 

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa
Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa


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In a news item cited on the university’s website, the Global Education office recognized Ruth Ama Gyan Darkwa as the university’s youngest international graduate.

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa in New Mexico University

The young Ghanaian prodigy is in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, pursuing Electrical Engineering with a research focus on optics and lasers, and she currently works with the Center for High Technology Materials in New Mexico.

Ruth was born on May 29, 2004, to Ghanaian parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kwadwo Gyan Darkwa. It is not surprising to note that her father, Mr. Kwadwo Gyan Darkwa, is a mathematics and physics teacher at Prempeh College, one of the best senior high schools in Ghana. He single handedly home-schooled Ruth and her siblings. His reason was that he did not have the best education and wanted his children to have that.

Ruth spent only nine years in pre-primary, primary, junior, and senior high school education, as against the 15 years that a child has to go through to complete the basic education system in Ghana.

Ruth is making strides toward achieving her dreams of working at the Sandia National Laboratories, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, or NASA.

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