Ransford Antwi Acheampong

Year group: 2011

Degree: MPhil, Planning, Growth and Regeneration

College: Jesus

Home country: Ghana

Current position: Freelance Consultant in Spatial/Urban Development Planning

Ransford Antwi Acheampong undertook the MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration as a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Ransford achieved his undergraduate degree in Human Settlement Planning (Bsc. Hons) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. Prior to the award of a scholarship in Cambridge, Ransford served as a Teaching and Research Assistant in Urban Planning at KNUST, where he was actively involved in undergraduate supervisions and research works for departmental staff.  He returned to Ghana on completion of his MPhil degree with a commitment to bring to bear the knowledge acquired to contribute to the socio-economic development process of his home country.

Ransford aspires to become a leading researcher and teacher in the field of spatial planning and urban development. His academic and professional interests are focused on how, through relevant problem based research, human settlements, particularly those in the developing countries of Africa, can be transformed to function as centres of growth and innovation towards poverty reduction.  He also believes that “knowledge transfer towards producing the critical mass of intellectuals with the brains and motivation to achieve represents perhaps, the most important component of sustainable development across the African continent”. His passion to teach is grounded in this philosophy.

In pursuit of his career aspirations, Ransford hopes to undertake a PhD in Cambridge.

Writing about Cambridge Ransford says “it is a great place to be inspired; everything, from the buildings, and past and current students, to professors telling motivating stories of great accomplishments. As a student, I never lacked in anything that I considered relevant for my academic work and personal development.  It was a unique opportunity to meet students in various disciplines in the department and in College who are passionate about their chosen subjects and also have interests across many other subjects.  Every day presented a chance to meet some of the finest brains around and to learn something new and thought provoking.

I am very grateful to the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for making it possible for me to encounter such a life transforming experience in Cambridge”.