Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa: Ghanaian Student Becomes Youngest PhD Student At US University



Ghana celebrated Ruth Ama Gyan-graduation Darkwa’s from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in December 2021 (KNUST).

Ruth was the youngest person in the country to gain admission to a university in 2017 when she was 13 years old.

Two years after receiving her first degree, the female prodigy achieved another milestone by becoming the University of New Mexico’s Youngest Masters/PhD, Graduate Student at the age of 18.

Ruth, who is pursuing a doctorate in electrical engineering at a US university, hopes to work for America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after she completes her program.

This young lady entered university at 13, completed at 17

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa broke her older sister Grace’s age record when she was admitted to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2017 at the age of 13.

She recently graduated after completing her studies in Mathematics.

The former St. Louis Senior High School student first gained attention when she became the youngest student ever admitted to KNUST, and she is now the youngest graduate from any university in Ghana to have completed school at the age of 17.

She attended Christ Our Hope International School and Abraham Lincoln Junior High School in Kumasi prior to SHS.


In 2017, she appeared on The Lounge, hosted by Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, along with her sister and their father, Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa, a Mathematics and Physics tutor at the Prempeh College.

“According to her, she passed her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at age 9, while in her first year at Justice International School in Kumasi. As a result, at the age of 10, she was accepted into St. Louis Senior High School to study General Science and successfully graduated in 2017,” a report by said.

Speaking with the portal, she also confessed to how not so rosy her journey has been, adding that although she had a very brilliant academic history, she experienced some uncertainties with her tertiary education, feeling quite nervous at times.

“I was able to overcome the many challenges because God saw me through, and I looked to him at all times. Also, I had my eyes focused on the end goal. Some of my course mates felt intimidated because they thought I was too brilliant. Others wondered if I was cut for the journey. All these brought me to the point of questioning my potential but found solace in how far I have come, the support I received and the future that awaits me,” she said.

Ruth plans to pursue a master’s degree and then later, a PhD.




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