UG Professor Weighs In On Dutch Passport Vrs PhD Debate, Chides Those Opting For Passport

UG Professor Weighs In On Dutch Passport Vrs PhD Debate, Chides Those Opting For Passport

  • A University of Ghana Professor has shared his opinion on which is a better option between a PhD and a Dutch passport
  • The Professor argued in his post that most people opting for a Dutch passport do not know what a PhD is
  • Netizens who saw the post expressed mixed reactions as some agreed with him while others shared counter-opinions

A University of Ghana professor, Dr Kobby Mensah, has weighed in on the debate about which is a better option, a Dutch passport or a PhD.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he contended that people opting for the Dutch passport do not know what a PhD is.

UG Professor weighs in on Dutch passport vrs PhD debate, chides those opting for passport
Prof Kobby Mensah opts for PhD over Dutch passport
Source: UGC

Additionally, he noted that people opting for the Dutch passport do not have deep intellectual engagement.

"Why would someone who still has resit after 5 years, and now waiting for Amnesty to redeem himself opt for PhD in this debate."

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"Lots of those opting for Dutch paper don’t even know what a PhD is, so why would they opt for that it’s simple logic. There is a reason why very few people can go through PhD training and have PhD.

He further contended that:

The broad majority at the bottom of the pyramid can only comprehend vocational skills. PhD is a higher calling knowledge. It’s not for mild heads"

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Netizens react to Prof Kobby Mensah's argument

The Professor's comment has drawn various reactions from netizens, who have taken to the comment section to express their views.

@Eric Etse wrote:

"You’re the reason the guy said that."

@samuelgmusic wrote:

"None of our current presidents or past had a PHD. For the past 138 years no American president has had a PHD. No PHD holder has ever been British Prime Minister. So please stop."

@Atila Kwadwo Francis wrote:

"Anyone who will choose to offer PhD in Ghana over a Dutch passports doesn’t deserve a PhD in the first place. Most of you have PhD because education was the only means you could use to travel overseas. Why will I choose PhD in a country that can’t supply common water to its people."

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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