A 25-year-old Ghanaian, Mr Amin Yakubu, has graduated from the First Moscow State Medical University in Russia with a Gold award for outstanding achievement.
He is also one of the Ghanaians to have been honoured with the award since Russia instituted scholarship packages for the country.
On June 30, 2017, Mr Yakubu graduated with the highest honours, Summa cum laude, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0, the highest point, which earned him a Gold medal award in recognition of his extraordinary academic achievement at I.M Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, one of Russia’s best and well-known universities.
Correspondence to him from recognised universities in the United States of America shows an offer of admission to continue his education in the Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Washington University in St Louis, Emory University and Drexel University.
He has received institutional scholarships from some of the universities, copies of which the Daily Graphic has.
Mr Yakubu has chosen to pursue his education at the Ivy League Columbia University due to its location and scholarship offer.
Education in Ghana
Mr Yakubu completed St Augustine’s college in 2009 with an excellent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result and won a scholarship to study medicine at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, where he began his preparatory course and was awarded as the third best student in Biology at the end of the programme.
“I began my medical programme at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in 2010. In 2013 and 2015, I was elected as President of the National Union of Ghana students (NUGS) Moscow and NUGS Russia,” he told the Daily Graphic in an interview from his base in Moscow.
He said one of his main achievements as President of NUGS-Russia was the creation of a Welfare Fund which received donations from prominent Ghanaians, including the former Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, which continues to serve the needs of many students.
In 2015, Mr Yakubu was voted the most influential student at the NUGS Russia Honours.