Ghanaian politics graduate Derrick Osei-Poku was working as a teaching assistant when he decided he wanted to return to university to study a Masters.
“The University of Stirling seemed to be the perfect fit in terms of its central location and its international reputation,” explained Derrick.
“I have always been interested in international politics, especially conflict and humanitarian assistance and development-related issues.
“The MSc International Conflict and Cooperation seemed to provide students with a firm grasp of current challenges in international politics and also had seasoned scholars who and both academic and field experience and expertise.”
During the one-year course, Derrick said he really appreciated the standard of teaching on offer at Stirling, explaining: “The approach to teaching involved demystifying complex concepts to make them easily understandable and of practical value.
“Our class also had the opportunity to take a trip to Switzerland to visit various international organisations, including the United Nations Office in Geneva, the World Health Organisation and World Vision.
“It was insightful to have a front-row view of what working in these organisations is like. I learned that one needs to be mentally resilient in order to tackle the seemingly unending stream of challenges that confront humanity.”
Derrick spent a year at Stirling and used his spare time to travel the UK and make new friends from diverse backgrounds, describing his time as “eye-opening, exciting and engaging”.
The 27-year-old now plans to carry out volunteer work in Ghana and to further his studies.