Meshack Dongwe, MSc Telecommunication & Computer Networks Engineering, scholarship recipientFor one London South Bank University student, hard work and perseverance have resulted in a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship and a life-changing opportunity
Meshack Dongwe has always dreamed of becoming a telecommunications expert, using technology to solve communications problems. The strong reputation of LSBU's Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment made us his ideal choice. Meshack was drawn to our links with industry and professional accreditations, but his path through education has not been straightforward.
LSBU: The natural next step
A bright student, Meshack had been sponsored through his A-levels by the government in his native Tanzania back in 1993. Unfortunately, due to ill health, he was unable to perform to the level he had expected and this in turn affected the universities he could apply to.
Not one to give up, Meshack came to the UK in 1998 to continue his education and attended Lambeth College to study computer repairs and electronics. From there, the natural next step was to enrol on LSBU's BEng Telecommunication & Computer Networks but family issues meant that he was unable to finish the course.
Tenacity and determination
It seemed as though Meshack's ambition to study at LSBU would not be achieved, but his determination to succeed remained intact. He rejoined us in 2010 as a mature student and this time there has been no stopping him, as he graduated with a 2:1.
Meshack's success at undergraduate level had reignited his passion for education. What's more, the practical knowledge and industry experience of our academic team has hugely benefitted Meshack's studies. It was because of this that he was determined to carry on his education with us and enrolled onto our MSc Telecommunications & Computer Networks Engineering.
"I've been studying at LSBU since 2010, and I'm really impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the lecturers," he says. "They are helpful and approachable, and most of them have worked in the communications industry before so they know exactly what they are doing."
Funding his studies was another matter, however, so Meshack applied for a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. "When I discovered I had been successful, I was over the moon!" he recalls. "Because the scholarship is worth up to £4,000 there was a lot of competition. To learn I was one of the successful applicants was a wonderful experience."
The award has made a huge difference to Meshack's life. "It covers almost half of my fees," he says. "That means I have a lot more time to concentrate on my studies and, more importantly, my family will not suffer because I am struggling to pay my tuition fees."
Passion for study
Meshack does not intend to finish his learning with his Masters, however: "I still have a passion for study, and would like to continue studying to PhD level if possible. Combined with my love of teaching, who knows – I might even become a lecturer one day, passing on my knowledge to the next generation of telecommunications engineers."