22-year-old PhD pursuant from Ghana – If you can dream it, you can achieve it, this must be the philosophy of Samuel Fiifi Hammond who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with First Class Honours in BSc. Construction Technology & Management in 2016.
The 22-year-old is a remarkable student. This is not just because of his in-depth understanding of technical issues but his unwavering determination to exceed mediocrity by breaking records.
For the Jukwa Senior High School graduate who studied General Arts, learning is a lifelong exercise he enjoys. Samuel Hammond is the type who is inspired by challenges including the unimaginable.
His unquenchable zeal to learn and discover is what explains his appetite for academic research. Hammond completed his National Service at KNUST’s Department of Building Technology as a Research Assistant.
With only a degree in Construction Technology Management which is ordinarily not sufficient to pursue a PhD, One would think he would give up in his pursuit. But Samuel took the rare step of applying to the Austrian University for his PhD as a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student.
The 22-year-old PhD pursuant opted to complete the High Degree program in Building, an area he had received foundational understanding in from KNUST.
On 11th August 2017 the 22-year-old received an email from the University of Newcastle, confirming his admission on a Full Scholarship to the school, to everyone’s surprise.
Samuel is expected to complete the PhD programme at the age of 26. This may make him the youngest African to graduate from the school. The average age of beginning a PhD in Australia is 28 for science degrees and 38 for humanities degrees.
Truly it pays to be courageous and determined. The undeterred and determined young fellow says that while he feels this is a great academic achievement for him, he is quickly putting the excitement behind him to focus on something greater ahead.