LSBU master’s students receive scholarships to study in UgandaLSBU students on the MSc Education for Sustainability recently spent a week in Kampala, Uganda as recipients of UK Commonwealth Scholarships.
Chosen for their academic abilities, leadership skills and potential impact on human development, the scholarships are extremely competitive—with the fifteen successful scholars chosen from more than 250 applicants.
Sharing a commitment to promoting sustainability for people and planet, the LSBU students come from a wide range of work backgrounds including education and teaching, non-governmental organisations and development programmes, the British Council, HIV and AIDS training, wildlife conservation, environmental journalism and emergency programmes for refugees.
"The Education for Sustainability scholars always find the intercultural elements of the residential of great importance," says Professor Ros Wade, EfS course director. "They get an opportunity—often for the very first time—to meet colleagues from different African countries and exchange ideas and learn about their different cultures and traditions.
"The EfS academic team also benefit hugely from this exposure and as always the learning process is a mutual and collaborative one, which helps to build an active learning community of EfS scholars across the globe."
They get an opportunity to meet colleagues from different African countries and exchange ideas and learn about their different cultures and traditions.Professor Ros Wade, Course Director - Education for Sustainability
Three different programmes run concurrently for the three cohorts of master's scholars in years one, two and three. The third years' focus on their dissertation research and are required to critique a range of research approaches and to develop a comprehensive research plan. The third years also take on a role as mentors to the first and second years and encourage and support them throughout the week and for the following year.
"Despite the hard work, tutors found this an inspiring event, not least because of the very impressive work that these scholars are doing—many of them in difficult circumstances and with limited resources.
"Their commitment and dedication certainly lends hope to the possibility of more sustainable future world."