University Students Choose Between Dutch Passport And PhD, Many Pick Passport: "I Wan Jakpa"

University Students Choose Between Dutch Passport And PhD, Many Pick Passport: "I Wan Jakpa"

  • A video of university students making their choice between a Dutch passport and a PhD has gone viral
  • Many of the students who spoke to Kwadwo Sheldon studios opted for the Dutch passport over the PhD
  • Netizens who saw the video expressed mixed reactions as some agreed with the students while others were disappointed

Some university students have weighed in on the argument about which is the best choice: a Dutch passport or a PhD from a prestigious university in Ghana.

This is after a Ghanaian national who recently naturalised, Mr Happiness, stirred conversation online by claiming that his Dutch passport is better than a PhD from any university in Ghana.

University students pick Dutch passport over PhD
Students choose between Dutch passport and PhD. Image source: Kwadwo Sheldon Studios
Source: Instagram

Mr Happiness, overwhelmed with joy after obtaining his Dutch citizenship, has made various social media remarks.

Some university students' views were sampled about his argument. None of the 11 students who spoke to the Kwadwo Sheldon studios chose the PhD; they all chose the Dutch passport.

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Watch the video below:

Netizens divided over student's choice between Dutch passport and PhD

Netizens who saw the video have expressed mixed reactions. While some supported the students' choices, others were disappointed.

@hel_amoanimaa wrote:

"Dutch passport all the way."

@jessikaprayer wrote:

"You should Stop laughing at yourselves, and encourage yourselvez to do better! There is nothing to be Proud of in this you think "Developed" countries dropped from the sky? No, they believed consistently in themselves, and worked hard! If you don't believe in yourselves, Nobody else is gonna believe in you, if you dont believe in yourselves, be Smart and work hard!"

@joe_king_jnr wrote:

"Our problem is we don't value research in Ghana!! Advanced countries we all running to are advanced because they took research serious and implement research findings into their system to build people and health sectors!!"

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@phyl20 wrote:

"It's such a shame to see the youth thinking this way woow, what a shame."

Counsellor Fenyi weighs in on debate

Meanwhile, Ghanaian counsellor Daniel Fenyi has expressed his views on the matter.

He argues that if a Ghanaian perceives a cleaner's job in the Netherlands as a better opportunity, it shows significant flaws in Ghana’s higher education system and job market.

"This scenario indicates that despite advanced education, Ghanaian PhD holders face limited career prospects, low wages, and underemployment. It suggests that the education system may not be aligned with market needs, resulting in a disconnect between academic qualifications and employability."

GH man abroad says Dutch passport trumps GH PhD

In an earlier publication, reported that Mr Happiness, a Ghanaian man based abroad, trended after he claimed that his Dutch passport was more valuable than a PhD from a Ghanaian university.

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His comments attracted criticism from Ghanaians on social media, with very few agreeing with him. However, Mr Happiness, aka Kofi Gabs, says he is unperturbed by the criticism.

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