Academic Goals Ghanaian student in Amsterdam grabs 5 PhD awards

Sebastian Roy Osumanu graduated from the University of Amsterdam after pursuing his doctorate degree in financial economics.

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A Ghanaian student in Amsterdam has made history by sweeping five PhD awards.

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Sebastian Roy Osumanu graduated from the University of Amsterdam after pursuing his doctorate degree in financial economics.

He set record by winning the Best Economics Researcher( Golden Pens), Best Graduating student, 2017 Research Award, 2017 Millennium Doctorate Best Male award and The School of Business Honor.

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Osumanu did his first degree at the University of Cape Coast and later proceeded to the University of Amsterdam through the Erasmus Mundus program to pursue his masters program in Economics. He graduated as the best international student from a challenging course and eventually won the 2014 ERASMUS MUNDUS NOBLE ECONOMICS PRIZE.

He later won a scholarship from the World Bank Group to pursue a PhD program in the same university.

Osumanu has said he did not expect to win five awards since the University of Amsterdam is among the highly ranked university in the world.

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He told that hard work and dedication did the difference.

He said: "First and foremost we give all the thanks to God. Well it was a great feeling after receiving those awards though I didn’t expect as many as five awards since my school is among the top world best universities and you can however imagine the caliber of intellectuals who studies there as well.

"So I knew most of them will also get some of the awards but in the end I think hard work and dedication made the difference.

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"I gain lots of motivation from the fact that I hail from a continent that has in long years been looked down by the other continents as poor and underdeveloped with weak people

"I however always work hard just to make the difference and also show to the world that Africa isn’t about bad things and even history makes us understand that civilization itself started from Africa. But I think after the graduation, people really saw the difference that Africa got the best also.”

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