The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and early career professionals from developing countries and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, combined with a specially created programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking.
Since its inception in 2008, only two Ghanaians have been selected for the programme; the first being Gerald Sowah in 2016, and now Enoch Boafo Amponsah who was selected as the only Ghanaian amongst 35 scholars from 25 countries for the award for 2021/2022.
Reacting to this achievement, Enoch said: “Seven years ago after my senior high school education, if anyone had told me that I will be in the best university in the world, I would have laughed but God in His perfect timing ‘engineered’ my journey to get me this far. Indeed, He makes all things beautiful in His time. I got here because I stood on the shoulders of giants (close family & friends) whose immense support & sacrifice I don’t take for granted. I’m poised for what is ahead and more confident in God’s plan in my life.”
Enoch graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2020 with first-class honours in Social Work, B.A. During his time at KNUST, he held various student leadership positions; notably, he served as the Vice President of the Association of Students of Social Work, and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
He also served as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Sociology and Social Work of KNUST, assisting lecturers in the organization of classes, research, and in the supervision of research projects/dissertations for final year students.
He also served as a Research Assistant at the University of Hong Kong, where he led data entry, participated in the preliminary data analysis, and administered 1200 questionnaire surveys on the University of Hong Kong funded project titled “Dimensions of Informal Social Control of Child Neglect: A Nationally Representative Prevalent Study in Ghana”.
As a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar, Enoch will be pursuing a Master of Science degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford.
On what he plans to do with this degree, he told Kuulpeeps that: “I hope to use the knowledge I gain here and recommendations from my research to contribute to violence prevention in Refugee and Colleges and safeguarding the welfare of children in Ghana.”
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