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Ghanaian Graduate Students - Dedicated to Education

Making a 100-mile or 500-mile trip to take university-level courses isnít unusual for North Americans. The ideal university isnít always in oneís backyard. But how about a 6,500-mile one-way trip to earn your masterís degree, leaving behind country, family and friends? Now that shows true dedication to education.

A growing number of Ghanaian educators are calling Minot State University their home, as five students are enrolled in the Master of Education program. The Africa-to-Minot connection started as an informal relationship after a Ghanaian teacher came to teach on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. He enjoyed his graduate courses at MSU so much that recruiting fellow countrymen to the Peace Garden State came easily.

One of the students currently in classes this semester is George Prince Atta, himself an educator in Ghana for the past nine years. His ultimate goal, with this advanced degree from Minot State, is to make a difference back home.

"I want to be a professor in one of the leading universities in Ghana," Atta said. "I hope to turn things around in my country."

While the geographic and culture differences are obvious, this tight knit group of African educators continues to praise MSU to their colleagues back home. And since it would seem distance isnít an issue, two worlds, thousands of miles apart seem closer than ever to a long-term relationship based on a dedication to education.