Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)


Bob Peters

Country: Ghana

Name: Peter Kwesi Yawson

Company: Department of Feeder Roads, Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ghana

Position: Regional Manager, Ashanti Region, Ghana

ITS Course: MSc Transport Planning and Engineering (2010/2011)

I came to Leeds (ITS) on a study leave and therefore had to return to post after completing my studies and I must say that I feel fulfilled. I contacted the Institute for Transport Studies to discover they offered an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering, which was a very good fit with my interests as it includes aspects of road safety and the environment. I also spoke to colleagues who had been to the University of Leeds and they all thought it would be ideal for me – I didn’t need to look anywhere else but Leeds.

My current post is to provide leadership and effective day to day management of the Regional Operation and its resources and to ensure that performance objectives are met; to ensure that internal systems, procedures and controls provide for efficient & accountable delivery of service and are auditable, are adhered to, and are subject to regular internal management reviews. In addition, maintenance of management systems and controls that ensures effective allocation and use of resources and to provide leadership for change and continual improvement.

I should say that my experience at ITS provided me with the ability to handle issues with a more practical approach with a balance of theory. Our rural roads development now has a good number of safety issues incorporated for both the works and the environment.

My advice to students who desire to undertake any post graduate studies in transportation is ‘Do not look beyond ITS at Leeds University’. If you have recently completed your first degree and wish to pursue studies in a career that can find expression in both the government and private sector then that carrier progression can be found in transport studies and the most appropriate institution to acquire that knowledge is ITS. My course was very good and met all my expectations. A member of staff was always available and ready to offer support and guidance, and it made my stay here very pleasant. The library facilities are wonderful. The way the system is set up to help you find the right information is marvellous – it will even give you a map. It’s flexible, too, so you can meet up with colleagues in the large discussion areas to work on projects and presentations or use the silent study areas when doing work alone.

However, prospective students should be ready to work hard in the midst of the available academic and electronic material media. I realised that ITS stands for hard work.