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MPhil student on BBC radio discussing what Britain is like from the perspective of an African student

last modified Sep 07, 2015 01:01 PM

Mauricia Nambatya a civil engineer from Uganda, studying an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development is featured in a documentary exploring what Britain is like through African eyes, broadcast by BBC Radio 4.

You feel that sense of freedom here to say whatever you want to say

Mauricia Nambatya MPhil student in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Over 35,000 African students studied at British universities last year – part of a growing number of international students coming to the UK. Bola Mosuro, presenter of Newsday, the BBC World Service’s international news and current affairs programme, charted the progress of four students from Africa; including Mauricia.

The programme looks to discover: what would they like to take back with them from the British way of life and what can we learn from Africa? Through their moving, insightful and humorous observations it explores what Britain is like from the perspective of an African student.

Mauricia discusses the more informal relationship with lecturers "It's so free here compared to how we do things back in Uganda. The lecturers are amazing, you feel that sense of freedom to say whatever you want to say".

Bob Njoroge Muhia from Nairobi in Kenya studying for an MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture here at the University of Cambridge is also featured in the documentary. Both Mauricia and Bob are scholars from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust the largest provider of funding for international students at Cambridge, working with partners worldwide to support students of outstanding academic merit under a variety of scholarship schemes.

You can listen to the documentary on iPlayer via the link below:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054qf74

Text and Photo taken form the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, website:

http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/news/mphil-student-bbc-radio-discussing-what-britain-perspective-african-student

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.