Dr Rose-Mary Gyening: Ghanaian mom becomes 1st woman to earn PhD in Computer Science from KNUST

Dr Rose-Mary Gyening: Ghanaian mom becomes 1st woman to earn PhD in Computer Science from KNUST

- Dr Rose-Mary Gyening is the first woman to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

- She makes history as the first-ever female to earn a doctorate from the Department of Computer Science at KNUST

- Dr Rose-Mary Gyening has celebrated her academic achievement in her post on Facebook

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Dr Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening is the first woman to graduate with a PhD from the Department of Computer Science in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The Ghanaian woman and mother admit her journey to obtaining a doctorate in a science field was not easy especially because she had to combine her studies with raising her kids.

Announcing her academic feat in a post on her Facebook page, Gyening disclosed that despite the challenges, she was determined to make her mark.

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Dr Rose-Mary Gyening: Ghanaian mom becomes 1st to earn PhD in Computer Science from KNUST
Dr Rose-Mary Gyening: Ghanaian mom becomes 1st woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science from KNUST. Image: Dr Rose-Mary Gyening
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''I am the first female to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, KNUST,'' she said.

She continued: ''For me, the most important [thing] is to hold the door for many ladies to pass through! There have been ups and downs. I have had to combine my studies (both master's (abroad) and PhD with taking care of my children and managing my home.''

Upon graduating, she has joined the ranks of women across the world who are pursuing programmes and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

''Several women have done it and I have also been able to do it,'' she added.

Gyening credits her remarkable academic feat to God and her family who have been supportive throughout her journey

''Today, I graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from KNUST. It has not been easy but God has been faithful. I am very grateful to my family and loved ones for encouraging me to go this far. We made history together!''

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Gyening acknowledged that Computer Science is largely a male-dominated field but women like her are changing the narrative, urging women who want to pursue STEM programmes to keep pushing.

''Computer Science is largely a male-dominated field but we are changing the narrative! So don't give up, push harder and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel,'' she said.

In other news, YEN.com.gh previously reported that Debrah Sarpong, a young man who used to eke a living by working as a shoeshine boy has bagged his master's from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

In a post on social media, he recounted that before attaining this feat, he went through rounds of tough adversities due to his deprived background.

Sarpong disclosed that at the age of 12, he used to hide small wraps of cocaine in a matchbox to deliver it to a young man at Amakom in Kumasi without being caught in return for money.

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