Interview of Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, a Ghanaian Researcher who studied in France
Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, former member of the University of Education of Winneba tells us about his experience in France, at the University Grenoble Alpes.
1. Introduce yourself in a few words
Currently, I lecture in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (HPERS) at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana where I successfully completed my first degree and subsequently taught for over 5 years. I am a former footballer who captained Soccer Intellectuals FC (now Windy Professionals FC, Winneba) for three consecutive years.
I am a beneficiary of the French Embassy Scholarship Scheme that took me to the Alps, specifically, the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) in the Laboratory of Sport and Social Environment (SENS) and obtained a PhD, with specialisation in Economic Sociology of Sport. In France, I had the privilege of coaching in the national league as an assistant to the FC Seyssins-U19 Boys team and helped the team gain promotion.
In the area of sports studies research, I am still pursuing the discovery of the sports’ athletes particularly, African migrant players abroad. I am still an Associate Researcher in the laboratory of SENS at the UGA, France and I am of course, proud to be a member of the France Alumni Ghana platform.
2. Why did you choose France for your studies?
In 2009, I visited France and had various social interactions with some students and friends.
This visit deepened my interest to study there because their educational system prepares you holistically to resolve challenges via the value of diligence and honesty and imbues innovation and creativity. That makes higher education in France more distinctive with its inclusive approaches to developing individuals of a high standard for future challenges in society.
3. In what ways would you say that Campus France and the Embassy were helpful in your preparations to further your education abroad?
Campus France and the French Embassy in Ghana supported in various ways through meetings and processing of my documents with the guidance and attention it deserves. I would like to commend the Campus France Ghana agency for their initiative to organise seminars to prepare Ghanaian students socially, emotionally and culturally, in order to support their easy social integration and inclusion in their new environment abroad. The orientation and pre-departure briefing sessions are even more intensive now than they used to be.
4. What advice do you have for Ghanaian youth who wish to study in France?
Ghanaian students desiring for a higher education in France should be prepared to work hard, be disciplined and have respect for different cultures as well as the readiness to learn new things to improve on their capabilities for life.