GCU’s Malawian scholarship winners meet their city hosts

16 December 2015

GCU’s Malawian scholarship winners meet their city hosts

Malawian scholarship winners with staff from GCU and ng Homes

Malawian students studying at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) as part of a unique scholarship partnership have met their city hosts ng Homes to discuss their progress.

Joana Mwakasungula, who is studying MSc Quantity Surveying, and Patrick Khambadza, who is studying MSc Construction Management, met staff from the School of Engineering and Built Environment and the housing association’s Chief Executive Robert Tamburrini and Depute CEO Ann Marie Devlin.

The University and ng Homes support a unique five-year scholarship, which sees recipients housed in Springburn by the housing association while they are studying at GCU.

Mr Tamburrini said: “We are delighted to be able to offer practical support to Malawian students who will, in turn, help support the development of Malawi. We already worked closely with African communities in Glasgow and with organisations and colleges to provide training, so to develop a relationship with GCU’s Department of Construction and Surveying seemed a natural fit.

“It was wonderful to hear from Joana and Patrick themselves about their commitment to their studies and to hear of the fantastic success of the previous scholarship winners Grace Sukasuka and Sabron Kalyolyo  who are already making a significant impact on the further development of Malawi.”

Head of Department Tony Kilpatrick said: “This partnership exemplifies the University’s commitment to the Common Good as the students are taking back what they have learned at GCU to Malawi to help build its future.”

“We are incredibly impressed by the achievements of our previous graduates, who are sharing everything they have learned at GCU in high-profile roles, and of our current students.”

Said Joana: “It has been such an interesting journey so far and we have acquired so much knowledge. We look forward to sharing that when we go home as it will have an enormous impact on the industry in Malawi. We are extremely grateful to GCU and to ng Homes for their generous support.”