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Exceptional African man earns PhD in Mathematics and Statistics from Canadian university, celebrates unique achievement

An exceptional African man who hailed from Ghana, West Africa named Eugene Opoku, has bagged an outstanding PhD degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Eugene Opoku got celebrated on LinkedIn by his university supervisor, Professor Ejaz Ahmed, who described him as a talented student and also his first African product as a Lecturer.

Professor Ahmed who was proud of Eugene’s accomplishment said he is pleased to announce him as his 20th PhD student. “I’m pleased to announce that my 20th PhD student who I have supervised has graduated. He is also my first student from the continent of Africa and has earned his PhD. in Statistics,” he wrote on LinkedIn.

Eugene started his higher academic journey at the University of Ghana where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics. He proceeded to Brock University, Ontario, Canada for his Masters Degree in Statistics.

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After his Master’s degree at Brock University, his supervisor, Professor Ejaz Ahmed narrated that he encouraged him to do a PhD. Still, he could not continue at Brock University because the university at the time did not have a PhD program.

He recommended him to his colleague at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

“I accepted at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Brock University in the M.Sc. program a few years ago. I encouraged him to do a Ph.D, (we did not have a PhD. program at Brock) so I suggested he attend U of Victoria, and I became his PhD. Co-Supervisor with Dr. Faruk Nathoo,” Professor Ejaz narrated.

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Professor Ejaz Ahmed expressed his pleasure to see him graduate with honours. He also revealed that Eugene has now secured an appointment as a Senior Data Analyst.

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“Eugene was recently appointed by BC Ministry of Health as a Senior Data Analyst and I’m sure his family and friends are most pleased with his success,” he said.

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