International student achieves Master’s degree - without leaving home

Posted on 14th March 2014

International student achieves Master’s degree from the University of Chester, without leaving home

Thanks to the Work Based Learning Integrated Studies (WBIS) programme offered by the University, Enoch Narteh-Kofi, 37, who has never left his home country before, has been able to study completely at a distance to achieve an MSc in Finance and Accounting (WBIS), while living and working in his home town of Santa Maria, Accra.Enoch

As one of the programme’s first international students, Enoch is also the only international student in this year’s cohort to gain a distinction in his studies, an achievement which has also earned him the ‘Barclays Achievement Award’, presented to an outstanding WBIS student taking into account contribution to practice, personal and academic achievement.

The University’s WBIS programme offered by the Centre of Work Related Studies allows professionals who already work in organisations to gain academic recognition of learning undertaken primarily in the workplace, in order to obtain a higher education qualification.

The programme offers learners the opportunity to be taught elements of the course at workshops or online and through distance learning, incorporating work-based projects, if desired.

Lizzy Williams, Office Manager at the University’s Centre of Work Related Studies, said: “The WBIS Team has responded to the growing need for higher education at a distance, by implementing excellent online materials which support distance learners, including tutorials via Skype and supporting formative assessment via e-mail and phone conversations.

“Enoch was able to use credits from previous study at Master’s level and top up his credit to complete his MSc via the WBIS programme, achieving a distinction in less than 18 months.”

David Parry, Enoch’s Personal Tutor added: “Enoch successfully combined workplace learning with traditional academic research skills to produce a piece of research tailored to the needs of his workplace, Superlock Technologies Limited, a Ghana-based multi-national corporation in the ICT and Security Systems field. His research will provide a basis for his contribution to his organisation’s performance and Enoch is an excellent example of how distance learners can be successfully supported on the WBIS programme.”

Enoch is finally looking forward to meeting the tutors and office staff with whom he has interacted over the course of completing the programme, when he travels to Chester to attend his graduation ceremony at Chester Cathedral on Friday. Yaron Tal, the CEO of Superlock Technologies Limited, and his cousin Owusua Kankam, will also accompany him to see him collect his degree certificate.