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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Kwaku Danso

Kwaku Danso
MSc in African Studies
Doing Now
Working at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre

What were you doing before you applied to the MSc?

Prior to my studies in Edinburgh, I was a Research and Tutorial Assistant at the Political Science Depatment of the University of Ghana.

Why did you decide to apply for the MSc programme in African Studies?

Three Major factors informed my choice of the MSc programme in Africa Studies: First, I wanted to illuminate my understanding of issues concerning peace, security and development in Africa. And to gain a broader picture of these matters, I felt it was necessary to look at them from a distance.

The second reason for my choice was the joint DFID / University of Edinburgh Scholarship that came with the programme. My studies would not have been possible without the scholarship.

Thirdly, I was inspired by the University. Edinburgh is not only a prestigious universities; it has all that is required to undertake serious post-graduate work.

What is like being a student in Edinburgh?

Hearing the name 'Edinburgh' today evokes in me sweet memeories of my student days. For me, being a student of the University of Edinburgh is simply amazing. Aside from the cordial and sustaining student-lecturerer relationship, the city and its people are very hospitable. But the weather! The least said about it, the better.

What are you doing at present?

I am currently working as a Research Intern at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre in Ghana.

What are your plans now that you've graduated?

I plan to return to Edinburgh by 2011 for a PhD programme in African Studies or International relations, focusing on international peacekeeping in Africa.