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Gameli addressing students and teachers at the National Science and Maths Quiz, Ghana’s biggest STEM competition, on the importance of science to national development.

Gameli Adzaho testimonial

MSc Environment and Human Health

Leveraging the Exeter Advantage to the Benefit of Youth in Ghana and Beyond

"I joined the MSc Environment and Human Health programme at University of Exeter with the aim of acquiring a relevant qualification and skills needed to work in public health and science communication. My expectations were met as we were exposed to cutting-edge information from world-class teachers and researchers from University of Exeter Medical School, European Centre of Environment and Human Health, and other institutions. 

"The course explored global health issues such as climate change, air pollution, environmental sustainability and population health, through an ecological lens. This enriched my worldview with respect to how different social determinants influence health and wellbeing at individual and population levels. In addition we were introduced to various tools and frameworks for health research, data analysis, science communication, and academic writing. Classroom work was enriched by hands-on activities and field visits.

"I also took advantage of workshops and seminars organised by the Career Zone at the Penryn campus. I attended sessions in leadership, social entrepreneurship, CV writing, and job interviews. By taking these classes and volunteering through FXU and GhanaThink, I was awarded the Exeter Award, which was a nice addition to the Masters.

"The environment in Cornwall is conducive for studies; you have the opportunity to be taught by highly-qualified lecturers, interact with very brilliant colleagues from diverse backgrounds, and take control of your intellectual interests. The social environment is equally intriguing as the year is loaded with activities from both the university and local communities. Though I missed home at times, I always cherished the special experience to be in such a truly unique part of the UK.

"Currently, I work as a Public Sector Coordinator for an international NGO here in Ghana. We work within the sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) sector. My team focuses on addressing gaps in information and service delivery as far as young people’s SRHR are concerned. I am responsible for organising and coordinating activities across three regions in Ghana. This is a huge responsibility, but the research, project management, and communication (report writing and presentation), and leadership skills enhanced through the MSc programme ensure that my performance is consistently rated between commendable and exceptional by my superiors.

"Beyond my day job, I have also applied the Exeter advantage to benefit youth in Ghana through initiatives such as SHAPE, Junior Camp Internship Programme, and Woekpor. In addition, my advice has been sought on projects such as Lab_13 Ghana, Accra Science Hack Day, and RErights.

"I was named alongside other emerging African science leaders as a Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador. NEF is an initiative aimed at promoting African science and encouraging more STEM investments on the continent. I represented Ghana at the first global gathering in Dakar Senegal. I use my ambassadorial role to promote NEF in Ghana, while in turn sharing scientific happenings in Ghana with the NEF community. Recently, I addressed students and teachers at the National Science and Maths Quiz, Ghana’s biggest STEM competition, on the importance of science to national development.

"The MSc in Environment and Human Health from Exeter University has been very instrumental in setting me on the right path to achieve my aspirations. Within a short time, the skills I honed during the programme have been brought to bear on a wide range of activities in Ghana and beyond. I can only look to the future with hope. I am very grateful for the support I received, and continue to receive, from my lecturers in Cornwall and the University as a whole."