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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Congratulations to two of our Masters students, who have recently received scholarships under the EUSA-ID development studies co-operation programme.

Congratulations to two of our  Masters students, who have recently received scholarships under the EUSA-ID development studies co-operation programme.
Mnqobi Banele Njoko (left)  was awarded a scholarship for Master in Development Management at the Ruhr University, Bochum (Germany) and Nomonde Mbhele (right), a scholarship for a study period at University of Jyväskylä (Finland) to participate in Master in Social Science (Specialization in Development and International Cooperation).

Njoko is pictured here with Britta Niklas (Coordinator S.A. -German Centre for Development) (left) Dr Gabrielle Bäcker (Executive Director of the Faculty, Ruhr University) (right).

Banele Njoko

is at Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, where he is registered for a Masters in Development Management. He has a particular interest in Public Policy Development.
He says 'Its my second time in Germany but its a whole new experience as now I'm here full time rather than on exchange, and in a different university and city. The programme attracts mostly international students. Being amongst other international students makes it a bit easier to adapt because you are all learning and you develop support for each other. The academic and support staff have so far been great with regard to our concerns and been very welcoming. Generally, I love the Germans, I've had the best experiences with them.'
He adds 'I'm very grateful for my scholarship. I always dreamed of receiving a qualification from Europe and at some point, I almost gave up, but nothing is impossible if you dedicate yourself, have faith, not be shy to say when you need help, believe in yourself and your goals. Also I'm very grateful for having been in Development Studies and Community Development at UKZN, the support we get is amazing. The doors that Development Studies have opened for me as a student have been empowering in ways that go beyond the lecture venue. I'm grateful to Dr Ngcoya, Prof Sithole, Priya Konan, Ms Phindile Shangase and my Supervisor, Prof Ballard for the support, advice and encouragement throughout my studies. But most important, I'm grateful and lucky to have a mother who supports me through and through.'

Nomonde's first impressions of being in Finland:

'The transport system seems to be great, it just lovely how pedestrians and cyclists are taken into account on the roads. Walking and owning a bicycle seems to be very vital and widely used which I think is good for the body and the environment. I must say I just love how the drivers are so respectful of pedestrians.' She comments 'I am looking forward to the Jyvaskylan teaching and learning pedagogy and sharing the knowledge I have learnt in UKZN to understand development as soon as the classes begin in September. As for now, I will continue to enjoy the daylight saving time and reading Finnish words in isiZulu while pronouncing them in my poor Finnish accent. Kiitos (thank you).'

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