Isaac Ohene Gyan
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
It is imperative to upgrade yourself academically to catch up with the fast-growing world. I, therefore, pursued my graduate program to mobilize knowledge from different perspectives across the globe. This way, I will be more equipped to be a problem solver.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
Where and what you learn has an impact on how you acquire knowledge. I came to UBC because it offers several programs and facilities to support students throughout their studies and it's one of the best universities in Canada.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The demand for Higher Education is increasing in various industries and fields. I was attracted by the program because it prepares you to have a critical lens to ensure equity and diversity among tertiary institutions.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I am impressed with the feeling of safety I get at UBC. The university doesn't have a fence, the boundaries of UBC are only visible by the presence of the sea and trees, yet you barely hear of any criminal activities.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
The greatest challenge in Higher Education is decolonizing education. That is the monopolization of western education.
How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?
The Higher Education program has provided me with a critical lens to figure out ways in which education is used as a tool for colonization. Being in this program makes me feel equipped to advocate to consider other ways of knowing.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
The experiences gathered in Information Technology, Multimedia, and working in educational institutions contributed to my success in the Higher Education program at UBC.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I usually take a walk through the safe forest within and surrounding the UBC campus.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Academic work can be at times overwhelming, but UBC staff is there to support you. It is a community on its own so, do not live in it in isolation.