Working for the benefit of the people in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi
Emergency ReliefDamage from Cyclone Idai, Zimbabwe, March 2019 and the restored Umvumvumvu Bridge.
Covid ResponsePPE equipment for medical workers in Zimbabwe
ConservationBlack Rhino Conservation, Zimbabwe: Mabuya and her calf
Interpretive Centre in Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe – April 2022
On behalf of the entire team at the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, we would like to extend a very big thank you to everyone with the Beit Trust for supporting our efforts to build an interpretive centre.Read more
Beit Scholarship Association (BSA)
Beit Scholars are special and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with one another. Once a Beit Scholar, always a Beit Scholar. The Beit Scholarship Association (BSA) brings together present and former recipients of a Beit Scholarship.
We accordingly invite all Beit Scholars, from every era, to join the BSA Group on LinkedIn and/or Facebook. Beit Scholars wishing to expand their knowledge base in particular academic or professional areas; to seek advice or help from those already established in their fields; or to begin or renew friendships or social contacts will find the BSA a helpful and welcoming forum.
For further information, please contact Ashleigh Mitchley, our Scholarship and Alumni Co-Ordinator, via email on email@example.com.
Mrs Elana Susan Peebles
Course: MSc Special Educational Needs
I completed a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate Phase) at the University of Pretoria, graduating with Distinction.
My area of expertise is in Special Educational Needs. I chose this because I am interested in how people learn and passionate about discovering ways to support people who learn differently.
My scholarship helped me develop my knowledge of Special Educational Needs. With a higher level of knowledge I was able to find work as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. This role enables me to support students who learn differently and work with their teachers, too. The role is about raising awareness, helping students advocate for themselves and developing all educators to view their practice in an inclusive light.
Since sharing my research findings on Special Educational Needs with the Heads of Zimbabwean schools, my ambition is to contribute to teacher training.
I enjoy being outdoors, running, reading and cooking for others. I am currently working with a group of students to gain their Bronze Level Duke of Edinburgh Award.
My advice to future Beit Scholars is to use your passion to fuel your dreams. In the day-to-day it’s easy to get bogged down by the finer details and forget the big picture which brought you to your current moment.
The Beit Trust and University of Leeds gave me an opportunity I will forever be grateful for.
Course: MSc Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology
I hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering, majoring in Rock Mechanics, from The Copperbelt University in Zambia.
Some of my success stories upon joining the mining industry were being the first female Underground (management) Mining Engineer/Mine Captain at one of the major mining companies in Zambia, first female Mine Rescuer in Zambia, was awarded Zambian Mining Woman of the year 2014 by The Zambia Chamber of Mines.
I have a postgraduate degree in Mining Engineering, specialising in Rock Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering. I chose my postgraduate course because I already had knowledge in geotechnics of rock and needed to learn on the geotechnical engineering of soil too.
The Beit Scholarship Award helped me achieve my goals in that by and after attaining my MSc Degree from Imperial College London, including my industry work experience, I was beginning to be locally (Zambia) & internationally recognised by so many mining companies as a qualified and competent Geotechnical Engineer. In short, this opportunity opened so many doors of employment/opportunities for me worldwide.
I have given back to my region mostly by encouraging the young ladies/women at different levels of learning institutions to be encouraged & courageous enough to pursue even careers that are deemed by society as male dominated. I have done this through holding career talks.
I have also given back by having worked in the mining industry in Zambia after my studies.
In my sparetime I enjoy reading, cooking, singing, voluntary work and donating at orphanages, camping, watching documentaries/movies, etc.
My advice to future scholars is that nothing is impossible to attain and achieve, and the sky is not the limit. There is much more beyond the sky!
Ms Samantha Chinyoka
Course: MSc Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems
I received my BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 2015, where I was awarded the NUST Book Prize for academic excellence.
I then received the Beit-Leeds Scholarship Award in 2019, which enabled me to study for an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. I pursued this program of study due to my keen interest in addressing equity and climate change through renewable-based energy transitions.
The rewarding learning experience at a Russell Group university has enabled me to contribute to the ongoing energy transition for low-carbon economic growth. During my academic tenure at the University of Leeds, I co-authored two research papers, one of which received a high commendation in the Sustainability and Practice category at the SEEDS 2020 International Conference.
I then went on to work as the Projects Director of a green energy company in Zimbabwe that works towards mitigating climate change through holistic approaches that ensure sustainable socio-economic development.
At present, I am a member of the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition and youth climate action groups, the YOUNGO@UNFCCC and the UN-MGCY SDG7 Youth Constituency. I am also a mentor at Tea in 60, a community of thriving Zimbabwean women seeking to create a diverse, culture-rich STEM environment by inspiring Zimbabwean girls and women to realise the endless possibilities within STEM.
The Beit-Leeds Scholarship Award has been a great steppingstone towards achieving my career goal of becoming a sustainable energy leader that will help pioneer the future of energy systems to drive sustainable development. My advice to the new scholars is to take advantage of this great opportunity to network and collaborate for the greater good; Invest in the development of others just as the Beit Trust has invested in your own.
Mr Sekelo Mutelekesha
Course: MSc Exploration Geophysics
I studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology at the University of Zambia and graduated with a distinction. In my undergraduate studies, I topped my class consecutively for 4 years.
My area of expertise is Earth Sciences (Geology and Geophysics). I choose Geophysics because I am interested in the numbers of the earth materials.
Beit Trust provided me with an opportunity to achieve my goals by funding all my MSc course including living and accommodation fees.
I’ve been helping my country through First Quantum Minerals to find Minerals such as copper and cobalt as these metals are important in the green energy that the government has embarked on.
In my spare time I like reading books, watching YouTube, listening to music, taking walks. I also plan on tutoring Geophysics at the University of Zambia on a voluntary basis.
Once given the opportunity to study under the Beit Trust scholarship, hold it with both hands and make sure you study and follow the rules and laws of the host Country (i.e South Africa and United Kingdom). Such opportunities are rear so use them to your advantage to better your home country and the world at large.
Ms Onai Hara
Course: MA in Disability Studies
When I was studying my undergraduate degree in social work at the University of Zimbabwe, I developed an interest in working within the Deaf community. I realised that there were few social workers who could communicate in Zimbabwean Sign Language hence increasing access barriers for deaf people. I then began working with Zimbabwe Deaf Media Trust and Deaf Women Included to learn more about Deaf culture, sign language and disability rights at large.
With this background and interest in disability rights, I chose to undertake a Masters in Disability Studies with the University of Leeds. The programme not only strengthened my understanding of disability rights, theories and politics but also enabled me to network with various scholars and practitioners working within the disability community.
Post my qualification I managed to apply to be an online volunteer with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Regional Office of Southern Africa) where I had the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge on the UN Human Rights Mechanisms and contribute my knowledge and expertise on disability rights. I was also selected as one of the 6 young experts on intersectional discrimination with the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe which provided a platform where, as young people from various movements, we could explore the applicability of the intersectional theory in the work we do. I have also continued to work with Deaf Women Included and Zimbabwe Deaf Media Trust in fighting for the recognition and promotion of disability rights in Zimbabwe. We have also continued to advocate for the protection of women and girls with disabilities from all forms of violence and continue to raise awareness on the need for accessible shelters for survivors of GBV with disabilities.
I continue to fight for the recognition of disability rights in Zimbabwe and to partner with organisations for persons with disabilities. As a Zimbabwean Sign Language interpreter I also continue to offer my services to the Deaf community.
I am interested in learning about new cultures, sign languages and travelling.
My advice to future scholars is that when you are applying for a scholarship, link what you have done in the past with what you are currently doing and what you are proposing to do. Your area of study should be linked to your future career goals and aspirations. Also ask yourself; how will I, my community and my nation benefit from my studies? Lastly, work on your application and submit. It’s always worth a try. We all went through the application process and until we had applied, we did not know we stood a chance!
The Beit scholarship has been more than just funding as it has resulted in lasting friendships, networks and a family to turn to whilst working on my career. Thank you for the support.
Mr Nhlanhla Moyo
Course: MA Conflict, Development and Security
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Politics and Public Management in 2015. After completing my undergraduate studies I worked in the NGO sector where I implemented peacebuilding, conflict transformation and development projects in communities that had been affected by political violence and historical marginalisation.
My areas of academic expertise are political consultancy, peace and security studies, international relations and governance. My postgraduate course broadened my understanding of global security, intelligence, civil unrest and intrastate conflict in Africa.
Since graduating from the University of Leeds I have been working as a security consultant for international firms focusing on cyber security, illicit financial flows, travel risk management, OSINT, data and behavioural analytics.
I have been able to identify opportunities for investment for international clients with a keen interest in Zimbabwe.
In my spare time I am interested in and enjoy hiking, basketball, football and camping.
My advice is to strike a balance between your studies and extracurricular activities. Most importantly travel, keep an open mind and make friendships with people from different backgrounds.
Ms Lindiwe Dhlakama
Course: MSc Africa and International Development
I attended the University of Cape Town in South Africa for my undergraduate studies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Film and Media Production. My degree was awarded with distinction in Film and Television Studies and Studies in Film and Media Production.
During my undergraduate studies I explored the phenomena of migration, xenophobia, and social justice issues and endeavoured to contribute towards the pursuit of social justice professionally. I began working as a program assistant and information officer at the Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe, a civil society information hub which works towards making human rights and laws accessible to citizens as well as promoting civic engagement.
Through my work in the non-profit sector, I saw how effective civil society was in the pursuit of social justice and development in Zimbabwe. I decided to further my studies so that I could increase the value of my participation in civil society and learn how to be a more effective part of a team of people working towards the betterment of citizen’s lives through the elimination of injustice and discrimination. That is why I chose to study International Development with, of course, a focus on Africa. My areas of academic expertise were in African Studies as well as Gender and Development. For my thesis, I explored the gender equality interventions of the Government of Zimbabwe and whether they are effective and sustainable.
Thanks to the Beit Scholarship Award I was able to obtain a Master’s Degree in Africa and International Development from the prestigious University of Edinburgh. This has empowered me to contribute more fully to civil society in Zimbabwe and directly work towards the country’s development whilst improving the lives of citizens. I now work as a Grants Manager at an organization that provides medical, psychological and legal services to victims of organized violence and torture in Zimbabwe.
I am helping to provide emergency services to citizens who are victims of organized violence and torture who in turn will be more equipped to seek legal redress. The hope is that people who are victims of organized violence and abuse will be fully rehabilitated and through holistic support and empowerment are able to fully participate and reintegrate into society and the life of their choosing and that as more perpetrators of human rights abuses are held accountable, the number of incidences of human rights abuses will decrease in Zimbabwe.
During my studies in Scotland one of my lecturers spoke to the class about the importance of finding a hobby to balance our studies, particularly during the thesis writing period. Thus, I was inspired to take up a new instrument and began to take music lessons in classical saxophone! Since returning home I have continued taking music lessons and have graduated two grades in music theory.
My other interests and hobbies include nature conservation and African literature.
My advice for future scholars is to work smart in your academic studies. Take the time to meet and learn from new people, particularly people from different cultures and countries and walks of life. Also take the opportunity to learn more about yourself by saying yes to new experiences, particularly if you are studying in a country that you have never been to before. Finally, interact with your lecturers and do not be afraid to ask for the help you need – they want you to do as well as you possibly can.
Dr Munyaradzi Sarutsodzo
Course: Master of Public Health (MPH)
I am a clinician and graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 2012. I subsequently obtained a Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (East-African Partnership) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2017.
My area of expertise is Clinical Medicine. I chose to study Public Health because I am an advocate for Health Equity and wanted to understand more about social determinants of health and contribute on a larger scale to creating a healthier and more productive society.
The Beit Scholarship gave me the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to further my career. I was able to pursue my postgraduate studies in Public Health at the University of Leeds. In addition, I have gained an invaluable network of friends and colleagues across the globe to share ideas and experiences.
Since the completion of my studies, I continue to support fellow colleagues and students wishing to pursue further studies.
During my spare time, I enjoy travelling, hiking and photography, particularly wildlife and landscape photography. I am passionate about nature!
Being a Beit Scholar is a priceless experience! To future Beit Scholars, use the opportunity to the best of your abilities and learn as much as you can. While at it, don’t forget to live! Have fun, explore the world, make friends and memories that you will look back at with fondness. You only get one shot at life!
My profound gratitude to The Beit Trust for giving me the opportunity further my career. I hope you will continue supporting aspiring scholars as you have supported me and hopefully, they can realise their full potential, turn their hopes and dreams into reality and leave footprints on the sands of time.
Ms Alice Chilambwe
University: UCT, SA
Course: MSc Climate Change and Sustainable Development
I obtained a BSc. Agroforestry from the Copperbelt University. I chose my postgraduate studies based on climate science because of the challenges that climate change is imposing on human society. I wanted to take part in facing these challenges using the skills obtained from my MSc studies.
Being awarded the Beit Scholarship enabled me to do my MSc studies at a top African university which I would not have achieved without the sponsorship.
Undergoing this training enhanced my teaching skills which is vital in the transfer of knowledge and skills to undergraduates that I lecture at the Copperbelt University. It also helped me shape my research skills and be an agent of climate smart agriculture and enabled me to contribute to a positive and climate resilient Zambia.
As I am a member of the Rotary Club of Kitwe Zambia, I take interest in humanitarian works.
Getting a scholarship award from Beit Trust is the best and rarest opportunity that one can get. I will encourage the future scholars to do their best in their studies while everything else will be sorted out by the Trust.
I encourage the scholars to be open and ask when help is needed.
Mrs Sandra Mulenga Ponde Imbuwa
Course: MSc Environment & Development
I studied Wildlife Management at the Copperbelt University and graduated top of my class with a distinction in July 2013. I went on to be employed as a Wildlife Ecologist by the then Zambia Wildlife Authority in July 2014 and was based and practiced in Chama, Muchinga Province. While there, I learnt a lot and appreciated the value that natural resources and particularly wildlife resources play within a rural community setting.
I am keen to explore the interactions that humans have with the environment and how this interaction shapes development of economies. With this interest, I was intrigued to study the interdisciplinary course MSc Environment and Development that has since helped broaden my knowledge and expertise in sustainable wildlife and natural resource management.
The scholarship allowed me to pursue an academic path that is so dear to my heart and has added value to my current employment especially that I went on to be promoted to Senior Ecologist just a year and half after my Master degree’s graduation. In my current role, I am able to advise senior management on sustainability issues and requirements before any developments are being undertaken in any of the national parks and conservation areas in Zambia.
Generally, I am a better person now than before, am more in tune with myself, with a clear career and academic path and I love how nature, people and the economy are interlinked and how I can clearly explain the complexities that arise from this interaction. I aim for more, an opportunity to be part of the team that works to help prepare the world for global shocks even in small ways like I am doing at the moment through my work.
I love baking, taking long walks and exercising. On occasion I participate in intercompany marathons.
My advice is to believe in your potential to excel, the Beit Trust Scholarship will elevate you in every way possible.
Dr Innocent Vusumusi Ncube
University: UCT, SA
Course: MMed Radiology & FC Rad (Diag)
My medical degree was done at University of Zimbabwe, where I achieved an MBChB (Hons) (UZ). I was awarded the Ethel Barrow Prize in Anatomy and Physiology, the UZ Book Prizes in 2nd and 4th year and the Jijide Prize for the Best Overall Student over the 5 year programme, all in medical school.
My expertise is Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology with a special interest in Neuroradiology. I chose radiology because I believe that accurate and timely high-quality diagnosis is critical in assisting other clinical colleagues to offer the correct management of patients and hence improve patient outcomes.
The Beit Scholarship took care of my financial needs while I focused fully on acquiring the high level skills I need to achieve my goals in assisting fellow clinicians with quality interpretation of radiological examinations. I am currently pursuing a mini-fellowship (subspecialty) in Neuroradiology with the European Society of Neuroradiology, focusing on Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Head and Neck Neuroradiology, while gaining experience as a consultant radiologist for a hospital in New Zealand.
To give bac I am involved in teaching medical students in Zimbabwe at the Midlands State University Medical School.
In my spare time I play futsal, watch soccer, mountain climb (walkways) and read.
My advice to prospective Beit Scholars is to set yourself a goal and work hard to surpass it! With the immense support from the Beit Trust it really takes away the burden of worrying about living expenses while studying and one can focus on acquiring their skills to the highest level.
Ms Alice Siachifuwe
Course: MSc Biomedical Sciences
I attained a BSc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. I graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.81 out of 4.00; and was awarded a certificate of academic excellence for Best Overall Student during the 34th graduation ceremony.
My area of academic expertise is Medical Laboratory Sciences with a great passion for research.
I chose to pursue an MSc in Biomedical Sciences due to the increased disease burden which has affected the health status of many people around the world especially in Sub-Saharan Countries. I believed the course would empower me with advanced expertise and expose me to modern and efficient technologies that are essential in improving diagnostics services, which in turn would reduce the disease burden and improve the health status of not only the Zambian people but the world at large; as good health is a function of not only the health care services, but other socioeconomic factors such as education, agriculture, finance, sanitation among many others.
I believe without the Beit Scholarship I would have not known what I know now. Through the University that I attended, apart from the core courses that are compulsory to take, I was offered a range of optional courses from which to choose from. This enabled me to choose course that I believed would directly impact on my desired area. I can attest to the fact that the core courses as well as the optional courses did contribute greatly to my Masters project and are contributing too to my current employment.
Currently, I am actively involved in Quality Improvement projects and activities within the hospital I am attached too; so as to help improve the diagnostics services, thus contributing to the entire health care service.
Professionally I am actively involved in quality improvement activities as well as other health programs that ensure the provision of health care services as close to the family as possible.
My interests include reading scientific articles, novels, baking, cooking, and community service.
We are the future leaders. We are all given the same opportunities in life, but the success of them is dependent on how we individually embrace and make use of them.
No matter the distance you may be away from home, the Beit Trust will always make you be and feel at home wherever you may be.
Dr Tracey Smythe
Course: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
I am a paediatric physiotherapist and I specialised in the treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. My role co-ordinating the national clubfoot programme in Zimbabwe and in developing group rehabilitation programmes for children with developmental delay and HIV afforded me the opportunity to advocate for family centred care.
I worked in underserved communities helping to improve the functioning and wellbeing of children with disabilities. I am passionate about supporting children and their families to thrive. I chose my MPH (Public Health in Developing Countries) course at LSHTM to develop expertise in scientific methods and best practices that would enable me to help change health behaviours, in particular with respect to disability. The MPH also included a research project, and I was especially interested to evaluate the initial two years of the Ponseti Clubfoot Programme based at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Harare, to understand our successes and areas in which we could improve.
My Beit Scholarship Award was instrumental in both creating a supportive environment in which I could achieve academic excellence, and in helping me to navigate a new culture and city. I graduated with distinction and as best student.
In 2015 I went on to complete my PhD, supported by the Beit Trust. My thesis provided evidence to improve clubfoot services throughout Africa. I led teams to develop standardised training for clubfoot therapists, and this is now used in over 30 countries worldwide.
I now work at LSHTM and Stellenbosch University as an Assistant Professor. I established the ubuntu-hub online platform for researchers, families and educationalists to stimulate innovation and joint-action approaches that improve care for children with developmental disabilities. The platform resources are used globally to teach health care workers and educate parents on caring for children with developmental disabilities in 40 countries.
My advice to future scholars is to have a good work-life balance. You have shown considerable skill in your chosen field, post-graduate study is an opportunity to develop new friendships and continue to build your network in an engaging academic environment.
The Beit Trust has afforded me a foundation on which to influence global health service delivery and advance paediatric care. Improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families on this scale would not have been possible without my Beit Trust scholarships.
In my spare time I am happiest when out trail running and delight in getting out into the mountains whenever I can.
Dr Lenon Tonderayi Gwaunza
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: MMed Neurology - Clinical Neuroscience
I studied at the university of Zimbabwe. After my second year, I studied a BSc (Intercalated) Hons in Human Physiology. Subsequently resumed my training in Medicine and completed training in March 2010. My area of expertise is Neuroscience and Neurology.
I managed to study at the mecca of Neurology and Neurosciences (Queen’s Square) graduating with a distinction and was the best Neurology student in South Africa for Part 1 and 2, graduating cum laude at Stellenbosch University. I have lectured at the University of Zimbabwe, helping more than five streams to graduate. I am now working as a Neurologist in the private sector and still am involved actively with the Movement Disorders Interest Group in South Africa. We are due to start a study on Parkinson’s disease in sub – Saharan Africa.
Although I am not employed by the University, I still teach and mentor internal medicine residents in Harare and Bulawayo. I travel to Bulawayo once a month to help achieve this.
I like football and basketball.
My advice is to dream big and believe in yourself despite the circumstances you are currently facing. Dreams do come true.
Dr Mambwe Paul Chilwesa
University: UCT, SA
Course: MMED Radiation Oncology
My undergraduate degree was an MBChB. My area of expertise is in Clinical oncology, and I chose this route due to the massive technical deficiency in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The Beit Scholarship funding towards the studies were very critical for me to achieve my postgraduate degree.
In order to give back I continue to work in the policy space for LMICs for cancer.
I currently work for Roche, Cape Town, as the Population Health Impact Lead.
I enjoy hiking and outdoors.
My advice to aspiring Beit Scholars is to choose a career path that provides impact for your community.
Dr Dorothy Chilambe Lombe
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: Masters in Radiation Oncology
I did my general medicine degree at Rostov State Medical University in Russia.
I undertook radiation oncology as it allowed me to bring back the principles of physics back into the forefront of my career by using radiation to treat malignant and sometimes benign conditions. Beating cancer as a disease entity was also intriguing and second nature to me as I understood early the holistic management of patients.
The Beit Scholarship allowed me to pursue my Masters dream at the time I felt right to do it. It provided me with the independence to fulfil my ambitions.
I have had stints of working in Zambia in between my studies in order to give back.
I am a writer both academic, socially positive impactful content and fiction. I enjoy this aspect of human life as it allows you to express your thoughts uninterrupted and unapologetic.
The world is your oyster and we are global citizens who need to purposefully contribute to our co-existence. My advice is to work hard, play hard and live clean.
Mr Nkandu Mwape
Course: MSc Financial Risk Management
I graduated from Copperbelt University with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree (Distinction) and was awarded the Bank of Zambia Scholarship in third/forth year for outstanding academic performance, graduating top of my class. During my undergraduate I received the Mopani Copper Mines award for best performing second year student and Dean’s award for best graduating student. In addition, I together with 3 other students participated in the CIMA Global Business Challenge and received a runners up award at the Zambian Final.
My area of expertise is in Audit and Financial risk Management. I decided to pursue an MSc in Financial Risk Management due to my interest in derivative markets which started when I did a financial management course during my undergraduate.
The Beit Scholarship opened up opportunities for me to gain first-hand experience in derivative valuations. Following the completion of my studies, I returned back to Zambia and joined KPMG Zambia. I discussed with KPMG leadership opportunities within KPMG risk Management and was given an opportunity to join the KPMG South Africa Financial Risk Management department on a secondment. That was a great experience.
Yes, I provide mentorship to young professionals and assist those who are interested in further studies guidance on the BEIT scholarship application.
I enjoy watching football, travelling, and relaxing at the beach during summer.
Advice for the future scholar’s is to enjoy their time in the UK and make the most of it. They should create networks with people from all over the world and travel around the UK or Europe.
Dr Chitani Mbewe
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: Master of Medicine (MMed) - Diagnostic Radiology
The Beit Scholarship Award enabled me to successfully pursue my goal of training as a diagnostic radiologist at the prestigious Stellenbosch University. My goal was to become a radiologist and provide a much-needed service to my home country. Having returned home, I have been one of two radiologists privileged to look after patients in the Northern provinces of Zambia. These are patients who would previously have been referred to the capital city, Lusaka, for imaging & further management or not referred & be managed without radiology input or image guided intervention.
In August 2019, I was awarded the National 1st prize Travel Award (US $ 3100) for best scientific oral presentation at the Radiological Society of South Africa and Society of Radiographers of South Africa (RSSA-SORSA) Imaging Congress, held from August 15- 18, 2019 at Century City Conference Centre, in Cape Town, South Africa. In May 2020 my Research audit on the Radiology resources in Zambia was accepted as a poster presentation and published in European Society of Radiology Congress of Radiology ECR 2020 book of scientific abstracts, in Vienna, Austria.
I am an Avid Tennis player and enjoy watching as well as playing soccer. Additionally, I am a hiking and mountain biking trail enthusiast.
My advice to Beit Scholars is to just keep swimming, and to future Beit Scholars, never give up on your dreams.
Dr Tela Bulaya
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: Masters of Internal Medicine
My undergraduate studies was a Master of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Zambia. I have always wanted to be a doctor so this achievement opened the door to my life career. Practicing medicine at undergraduate reconfirmed my love for the profession and desire to achieve more.
I have a postgraduate in Internal Medicine because of a lack of specialist in the field in the country. Doing my Masters has equipped me with a lot of knowledge and has improved the quality of care I provide for my patients. I have now established a cardiac clinic that caters for the northern region of Zambia and I refer advanced diseases to the National Heart Hospital.
With the knowledge acquired I am the provincial co-ordinator for the ECSACOP fellowship in the Copperbelt province.
The Beit Scholarship helped me achieve my dream of being the best and knowledgeable clinician in my field of work by training at the best university equipped enough to learn the art of medicine to the best of my abilities without limitations.
My achievement has allowed me to give back to the community that I grew up in and also to teach students so that the knowledge is transferred and lastly providing expert knowledge where it was impossible prior to my return.
In turn I have given back by opening up an NGO to help vulnerable children. Professionally I have involved myself in teaching undergraduates without payment and I conduct specialist clinics.
My interest apart from work would be voluntary work where I’m involved in feeding orphans. Every year I am involved in activities for children especially during Easter holidays and at Christmas time. I also like to volunteer health services in vulnerable communities
I run and walk a lot for health reasons and my hobbies are watching TV, traveling, exploring new places, tasting different types of cuisines (I love food), cooking and gardening.
They used to say the sky is the limit. I say there is no limit, believe in yourself and set goals. Anything can be achieved with a right mind set
The Beit scholarship helps open doors to a lot of opportunities, and I would advise those that are eligible to apply and achieve their life goals.
Dr Ninza Sheyo
Course: Master of Public Health (International)
I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine, Lusaka, Zambia. I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). I graduated in the same intake or class with Dr Melody Asukile who is also a Beit Scholar Alumnus.
My area of academic expertise is in medicine and surgery with a specialisation in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care.
The Beit Scholarship Award has helped me become a leader in my line of work as a specialist anaesthesiologist and critical care specialist. I have gone on to work as a regional manager at Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service and as a consultant for various international organisations in different countries.
I am currently working in my country at Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service where I am advancing the cause to increase access to blood and blood products for all by providing leadership and governance of the southern region of the institution; establishing a sustainable financing model through insurance and cost recovery mechanisms; and developing strategic initiatives to improve the supply and sustainability of safe blood and blood products.
I love to travel, take walks, go hiking and reading books. I am a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières were I take up missions when there is a need.
Being a Beit Scholar is a prestigious honour and it is a great privilege to be awarded a Beit Scholarship. On my part, though the scholarship made me acquire a wealth of knowledge and expertise from studying the MPH, it also helped me become a new person with a different perspective of life that allows me to speak for the marginalised (the sick people in communities) and also dedicate a lot of my free time to volunteer work.
You will never go wrong to apply for a Beit Trust Scholarship. It has one of the most objective trustees I have ever come across in my career.
Takondwa Charles Msosa
Course: Master of Public Health
For my undergraduate degree, I studied for a medical degree at the University of MalawI which I completed in 2015. When I was in medical school, I had a keen interest in public health and I was the top student in my community health cohort. Soon after I completed my studies, I was recruited as an intern in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine under the tutelage of Associate Professor John Phuka who was the Dean of the School at that time.
I am a public health scientist with special interest in evaluation sciences which involves using knowledge and tools from various public health disciplines like epidemiology and health economics to investigate if interventions or policies actually work in a given context. It is for this reason that I studied for a Master of Public Health because it enabled me to gain competency in a variety of public health sciences giving me a multidisciplinary toolkit which is required to evaluate different interventions and provide guidance to various stakeholders.
I was able to complete my studies at Edinburgh successfully and I managed to graduate with a distinction. Currently, I am employed at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences as a Research Fellow and my job involves conducting research and teaching and supervising Masters students.
Furthermore, I am pursuing my doctoral studies at the University of Amsterdam as a Trainee Fellow under the The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). My capstone project is an evaluation of a digital health tool that is designed to help adolescents living with HIV adhere to their daily medication and live a healthy life; an exciting field with a paucity of good quality research.
I have provided scholarship and funding guidance to many students who have gone on to be successful in their applications; some of which are current Beit Trust Scholars, so I am proud of this.
Additionally, being a researcher at my core, I provide assistance and guidance to many young and junior researchers on their various research projects thereby improving the capacity of Malawian researchers.
In my spare time I love swimming and I usually organise trips with my friends to lake Malawi, which is in my opinion, the best destination in the world. I am also an avid video gamer, and I also love watching football.
My advice to prospective Beit Scholars is that the selection process for a Beit Scholar is quite competitive and I believe that Beit selects the best students in the world. Therefore, once you commence your studies, work hard and have the confidence that you deserve to be there and do not be intimidated by the new environment or anyone. Keep your head held high and just do your thing.
Mr Kudakwashe Chingono
Course: MSc Chemical Process Engineering
I earned a BSc in Applied Chemistry at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. In addition to carrying out water pollution and process research I have worked in Biofuel Manufacturing, Edible Oils and Soaps Manufacturing.
Chemical industries interest me, particularly exploring ways to make them cleaner, safer and healthier. This motivated my choice to study Chemical Process Engineering at the University of Leeds.
The Beit Scholarship Award enabled me to learn in a world class environment, gain exposure to cutting edge technologies which have informed my approach to better chemical processes. I have also made lifelong friends, some of whom supported my work in Innovation and current role as a Post Graduate Researcher.
Currently I am a Doctoral Student at CDT Molecules to Product, University of Leeds.
In terms of giving back to Zimbabwe, I have been able to fund borehole infrastructure which has supported the initiation of a horticulture project employing 3 families in my immediate community. This project is envisioned to anchor a further food processing venture. In this space of time I have also managed to mentor a number of youths to pursue advanced study and realise their potential. I’m also Zimbabwe’s representative in the International Younger Chemists Network, engaging at different levels to help chemistry education and industry to grow in Zimbabwe.
I enjoy travel, walks in nature and hiking in my spare time. I’m a keen community volunteer when I have time and also undertake scientific journal peer review.
My advice to future scholars is that they keep learning, and never be afraid, be the courageous one, the kind one and the crazy one.
I learnt at a Catholic Mission School and had a few friends who learnt at other schools which had beautiful Beit Halls. I always wondered why my school did not have it, and why beautiful school halls dotted around Zimbabwe were always called Beit Halls. After receipt of the Beit Scholarship I understood why. I’m glad to be a beneficiary of the Beit Trust’s commitment to growing and developing Zimbabwe.
Ms Rejoice Namale
Course: Masters in Public Policy
I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies focused in Public Relations from the University of Malawi, The Chancellor College. My research focused on gender equality and decision-making with a GPA grade of 3.75, a distinction.
I have completed a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government. In the pursuit of living in a world better served, I founded Youth Arise Network on voluntary basis to facilitate education, health and employment projects in Malawi. Capacity built in Human Rights and Good Governance, I have reached over 2000 youth and women and presented key issues within Africa and beyond in various capacities such as NOREC Ambassador and European Development Days Young Leader 2019. A Masters in Public Policy will groom me into becoming a Development Expert specialized in policy-making where my input would reflect the needs of the communities I have lived and worked in, promoting inclusion and equality for all.
With support from the Beit Trust Scholarship, I was given the opportunity to study at one of the worlds leading academic institutions. I have gained insight from leading policy practitioners and lecturers, building collaborations for global impact. With a thirst for learning, the scholarship gave me the opportunity to broaden my understanding on multiculturalism and diversity as I interacted with multi-cultured individuals from all over the world. These experiences have fuelled my passion to discuss issues most pertinent in our societies; inclusion, equality and access to adequate resources for development as pathways to peaceful and prosperous societies.
Youth Arise Network (Y.A.N) has since doubled in membership. Y.A.N volunteers have been trained in volunteerism, leadership skills, personal development and resource mobilization to ensure that more young people have the capacity to lead their own projects and create a world better led and better served, particularly in areas of education, economic empowerment and health. Furthermore, in my capacity as Athena Networks #WhatGirlsWant Malawi Focal Lead, I have mobilized girls and young women across Malawi, whose views contributed towards the 2021 UNAIDS Political Declaration to deal with the global health crisis. The young women and girls have also participated in setting advocacy priorities to ensure the lives of adolescent girls and women in Africa are safe and protected.
I am a Guest Writer for the MO Ibrahim Foundation (An African Foundation the critical importance of governance and leadership for Africa. I am also a digital content creator, mental strength coach, SRHR Advocate and public speaker. As I build my career, I aim to be a source of inspiration to all youth and young women to nurture their ambitions in order to become the best versions of themselves.
A wealth of opportunities awaits you by way of the Beit Trust Scholarship. Do a thorough research on your preferred universities, ask for clarification from alumni where you do not understand and do your best throughout the process.
Mr Charles Njikho
Course: MSc (Eng) in Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering
I pursued a Masters in Water Sanitation and Health Engineering and graduated with a distinction. It was a very wonderful and eye opening experience studying at the University of Leeds. From experienced lecturers to readily available learning resources, the foundation for success was already laid out for all students. Covid-19 might have disrupted some of the much awaited learning experiences but nonetheless the transition to online learning was well executed that the quality of education was not really affected.
I possess an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating I worked with institutions and NGOs that provide domestic water to rural and urban residents. However, it was the NGOs which I was mostly interested in because their main aim was to provide portable water to under privileged rural communities who couldn’t afford to pay for such services. So this is why I took a keen interest in Water Health and sanitation so that I could learn more on how to come up with simple solutions that could be applicable to rural communities.
The scholarship helped me study my course of choice at the University of Leeds. I gained more knowledge in my study area and improved my CV with attainment of the Masters. Initially my plan was to get a job with an NGO working towards providing clean water to rural areas and maybe later venture into entrepreneurship, something that I had already started pursuing before my masters studies. However, at the moment I’m running my own construction company. We mostly work with NGOs who contract us to design and construct rural solar powered water reticulation systems. This way I get to apply the knowledge I gained from my studies while helping underprivileged communities.
Currently I’m still working in the water sector. In my company we design cheap clean water solutions that are applicable to rural areas. The solutions are also in alignment with environmental sustainability goals. Apart from that, my company has also contributed towards creation of employment as I currently employ 5 permanent employees and when implementing a project I employ up 10 temporary employees.
Right now I am more interested in growing my company so I can employ more people and improve other peoples lives through innovative solutions. Sometimes when opportunities arise, I make myself available for voluntary work. Like at the beginning of this year I worked as a volunteer during construction of temporary structures at a covid-19 treatment facility. During my free time I like to go out with friends for a good laugh.
Have fun while undertaking your studies, don’t box yourselves, make friends, go out exploring and make some good memories. But ofcourse don’t forget to bag that degree. The fact that you were awarded this highly competitive scholarship already speaks volumes about your capability, so don’t stress!
Shout out to all the Beit Trust staff members at the University of Leeds, they really make everything easy!
Mr Chanda Chungu
Course: Master of Public Policy
I studied law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where I obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) on 23rd December 2015 with Upper Second-Class Honours. During my time at University. I was heavily involved in student leadership having served as the Societies and International Students Co-ordinator on the Students’ Representative Council and Speaker of the Student Parliament. My studies and extracurricular activities showed me the power of the law in transforming society and lives.
My area of expertise is constitutional law and labour law. These areas of the law in my view give the best opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of people.
The Beit Scholarship allowed me to gain further insight into policy making and the role of the Constitution in a modern society. Through their support, I was able to complete studies at Oxford and finalise my Phd.
I have given back to my Country by being involved in boosting legal education in Zambia and offering legal services to vulnerable people in society.
My interests are in reading, farming and golf. I enjoy giving back and I am involved in volunteer work at orphanages, particularly those that help disabled people.
My advice is to make the most of the opportunity and give back to your home country.
Dr Cleopatra Matanhire
Course: MSc Global Health
Cleopatra is a Dental Surgeon who holds a master’s in business administration from the National University of Science and Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Zimbabwe. Cleopatra has a strong work ethic that has been inspired by a diverse experience from working in sales and marketing since her teen years, dentistry private practice, public service in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Oral Health Services Department and lectureship at the University of Zimbabwe Department of Dentistry; and at the School of Dental Therapy and Technology. At present she is an awardee of the International Dental Federation FDI 2021World Dental Development Fund, and the Zimbabwe Dental Association 2021 Protea Award.
Cleopatra is an advocate for health equity and Oral Health and enjoys oral health research and health administration. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow (2017), she participated in the Civic Leadership Track at Kansas State University of the Young African Leaders Initiative on the merits of practising Dentistry in disadvantaged communities. Exposure from the fellowship, dental missions work and her early career experiences made her appreciate the importance of working in multidisciplinary teams, the impact of health policy and influence of the international community on a country’s healthcare system. This motivated her to pursue studies in global health. Cleopatra aspires to be a Dental Public Health specialist with influence on Global Oral Health.
The scholarship award helped equip her with the skills and knowledge to take her career further. As the gap of oral health inequalities continues to widen in both developed and developing countries. In various parts of the world there is a move to give Global Oral health the attention it deserves and change the conventional approach of curative treatment. Partaking of the Global health studies helped her appreciate that oral health solutions can emanate from anywhere in the world, even in resource constrained countries such as Zimbabwe. Since completion of her studies her professional network has widened internationally, she has been appointed leadership responsibilities in the Zimbabwe Dental Association , is also involved in various regional oral health research projects in the capacity that allows her to apply her acquired competencies. This has allowed her to contribute to the oral health discipline at a higher level, and widen her scope of practice.
She have been assisting and motivating her peers and colleagues aspiring to pursue further studies to engage. She now serves in committees for young professionals development , and continuous professional development for the dentistry profession in her country. She has also been participating in collaborative projects to strengthen relations and capacity building for oral health professionals in the African region.
In line with her passion for Dental Public Health, she carries out outreaches which provide dental care to the disadvantaged and those in very remote parts of Zimbabwe with various organizations. These outreaches enable us to extend oral, maxillofacial and medical care to people who would have otherwise not have accessed it. She is an avid reader with a particular interest in African Literature, Christian literature and World history. She is passionate about developing the character of leaders and young people in high schools and universities, she does this as part of Student Connect Trust (SCOT), an organization that impacts more than 10,000 young leaders in Zimbabwe annually. Travel and museum visits are another favourite past time which afford her the pleasure of learning about various cultures.
“The legacy that Alfred Beit left is the reason we are beneficiaries of this scholarship opportunity. The question to ask oneself is what is the legacy I am willing to leave in my lifetime and beyond. If he and others could do it, then we are also capable of doing it!”.
Dr Dey Tarusikirwa
Course: MPhil Veterinary Science
I studied for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Zimbabwe (2013-2018), where I demonstrated both academic and clinical excellence and I was awarded the Best Veterinary Clinical Student Award of the academic year 2017/18.
My area of academic expertise is Veterinary Sciences and Zoonotic disease epidemiology. I chose my postgraduate course because I felt that it was an opportunity for me to start my career as a researcher and innovator in the field of Veterinary medicine, as research is the mainstay of innovation and the first step in addressing the problems that are being faced by the low- and lower-middle-income countries such as Zimbabwe. Apart from the research experience my degree also gave me an opportunity to enhance my knowledge and clinical skills in veterinary farm animal medicine and reproduction.
The Beit Scholarship allowed me to gain valuable research skills and clinical knowledge in veterinary reproduction. It also allowed me to produce high-quality research which unearthed important findings that have the potential to shape zoonotic disease (of small ruminant origin) control policies in Zimbabwe.
Currently, I am in the process of undertaking research on the traceback of the origins of the caprine brucellosis sero-reactors that I detected during my postgraduate research since this disease is of significant public health importance and the findings of this research will help inform control measures for the disease both in livestock and humans.
My interests are in the field of veterinary reproduction, farm animal production, and One Health. Of particular interest is to come up with 1; innovative and sustainable methods to manage conception failure in farm animals, 2; to improve farm animal health, welfare, and productivity through groundbreaking research in areas that are undermining farm animal production.
My advice is to grab the opportunity with both hands and try to enjoy the experience while you’re at it!
Dr Chimweta Chilala
Course: MPhil in Public Health
I am a Zambian medical doctor who graduated with honours from Ryazan State Medical University IP Pavlov. I received several awards for academic excellence during my studies. Perhaps, my proudest achievement during was becoming the first African student to ever be awarded first prize in Biochemistry Olympiads at my university. After completion of my studies, I returned to my native country to work as a clinician.
My field of interest is Public Health. In my experience, clinical interventions and their implications are mostly directed at and beneficial only at an individual level. In order to affect change on population level, public health interventions with wider population effects are necessary. The MPhil in Public Health course was a once in a lifetime opportunity to master epidemiological and research principles, and to acquire necessary skills to conduct research and influence policy to reduce inequalities and divergence in health care especially in lower and middle-income countries such as Zambia.
The Beit Scholarship award was for me life-changing in my career, social and personal development. My experience at the University of Cambridge exceeded my expectations. The high-level of intellectual interactions in the academic and social environment with staff and fellow students is priceless. Out of this experience, my intellectual faculties have been elevated, my determination made more resilient, my ambitions and career trajectory more clearer. This opportunity has unlocked my potential and propelled me to higher heights. I have built an international network of friends, collaborators and work experience. I am all the more determined to pursue my ambitions and aspirations.
Since having been awarded the scholarship, I have participated in mentorship programs focusing on medical students and junior doctors interested in public health research. I have also been in touch with my peers and colleagues back in Zambia discussing ideas how to begin applying public health principles at the hospital I used to work at. I intend to find opportunities for research into cardiovascular health in Zambia upon my return.
My professional interests are into the field of public health research into cardiovascular health. In my free time, I enjoy music, reading, motorsports, volleyball movies, working out and travelling.
To the future scholars, you are joining a really awesome community of scholars. Live and enjoy the experience!
Mr Jospeh Phiri
Course: MSc Immunology & Inflammatory Disease
In 2011, I was selected to study Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Honours) at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KuHes) formerly known as the University of Malawi-College of Medicine (COM). In 2016, I graduated with a first class Bachelors degree in Medical Laboratory Science. Following successful completion of my B.Sc., I was awarded a competitive one-year Pre-M.Sc. internship with the Viral Immunology Group at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW). This was a huge opportunity for me to develop my research skills in Immunology.
The Pre-M.Sc. internship position with the Viral Immunology Group at MLW exposed me to immunology of infectious diseases particularly in mucosal areas. As such, my interest in understanding the immune system grew such that upon completion of the Pre-M.Sc. internship in 2018, I applied for the BEIT-TRUST scholarship to study for a Master of Science in Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at the University of Glasgow for which I was successful. I chose the programme to enhance my understanding of the human immune system so I can discover novel ways of leveraging the immune system to enhance human resilience to infectious diseases which are highly prevalent in low and middle income countries including Malawi.
The BEIT scholarship provided me with an opportunity to study at one of the best universities in the world with renowned scientists and state of the art research laboratories. This uniquely positioned me for further opportunities such that following completion of my postgraduate studies, I was awarded a PhD studentship to study nasal Immunity against Streptococcus Pneumoniae in People Living with HIV.
Since being awarded the BEIT scholarship, I have mostly been involved in providing mentorship to upcoming scientists through a unique programme at MLW which known as Science for All. Through this Programme, Pre-B.Sc. students are encouraged to consider studying biomedical sciences programmes when they go to universities by exposing them to research through short-term placements at MLW laboratories where they learn the basics of scientific research.
Outside of work, I particularly love football and politics.
I would particularly urge young scientists to dream big. Go for that big dream and give it all you got.
Ms Chishimba Kasanga
University: Rhodes University, SA
Course: MSc Journalism & Media Studies
Chishimba pursued her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Zambia, where she graduated with merit in 2017. During her final year of study. Chishimba participated in a US State Department DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) initiative national essay writing challenge. She emerged as one of the twelve winners selected as the official DREAMS Ambassadors for adolescent girls and young women in Zambia. As an Ambassador, her responsibility is to champion the cause for a Zambia where every girl can thrive without the prevalent infections, namely, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and early marriages. After completing her undergraduate studies, Chishimba worked as a Gender coordinator at Lubuto Library Partners. Her roles were advocating for the fight against HIV/AIDS, promoting comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health Rights education and gender equity among girls aged 15-24.
With her resolve to become a leading advocate and expert in women’s studies, Chishimba decided to further her education by applying for postgraduate studies. In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious Beit scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. Her master’s thesis investigated how “Zambian women use Feminist Facebook pages to challenge patriarchy and gender non-conformity in Zambia’s highly conservative and patriarchal society”. Her experience at Rhodes has been one of self-discovery, a journey of learning, unlearning and relearning. As determined as she arrived at Rhodes, Chishimba completed her studies in December 2020 and has since returned to Zambia. She has continued serving as a DREAMS Ambassador, providing mentorship to young girls and women.
Chishimba’s insatiable drive for knowledge landed her another scholarship. She was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 2020. She will embark on further graduate studies in 2021 at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar Elect for Zambia. When asked about what the Beit scholarship means to her, Chishimba said, “I am grateful and indebted to the Beit Trust for awarding me the prestigious Beit-Rhodes scholarship. The Beit scholarship has enabled me to attain quality education and opened the door for me to pursue a DPhil at Oxford, a world-class University”.
Her advice to anyone thinking of applying for the Beit scholarship is that they go for it as you will never know if you never try. “There will be doubters, naysayers, and others will discount us based on gender, race, or nationality. We need to silence these voices, including those in our heads that tell us we can’t because we can!
Mr Anesu Maronga
Course: MSc Sustainable Eng. Renewable Energy
I graduated from University of Zimbabwe in 2014 with a first class and best student in BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. My area of expertise is in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy. I chose a postgraduate course that will enable me to take an active role to solve energy poverty in Africa (especially my country) and also help in the fight against climate change. The Beit Scholarship Award gave me an opportunity to achieve my Masters at a University (and a country) that is leading in Renewable Energy. That way I was able to learn from the best everything to do with the development of Renewable Energy. I am currently applying what I learnt at my workplace where we develop wind and solar farms in my Zimbabwe.
I love to be with the nature. I spend my spare time doing nature walks, going to the parks and doing gardening. I like to do activities that move me out of my comfort zone like hiking, abseiling, and running. Generally, I am a sports person – I love soccer, cricket and tennis.
My advice for future scholars is please do not forget to enjoy yourself as you do your studies. Make memories and friends that last long as you study. Work hard in your studies and create networks as well.
Mr Jason Shiri
Course: MSc Infection, Immunity and Human Diseases
In 2013, I pursued a BSc (Hons) Degree from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Applied Biology and Biochemistry. I graduated with Distinction in 2017 and received the Dean’s Award in my first and final years. My undergraduate Honours research focused on profiling Candida based infections in local hospitals and assessing the efficacy of commonly prescribed antifungal drugs. I completed my Postgraduate studies in Infection Immunity and Human Disease from the University of Leeds in 2020 where I graduated with Distinction and made the Dean’s List.
While I hold a deep interest for biological sciences in general; I have a very strong passion for disease control and the economics of healthcare. As such, the choice of my post graduate studies gave me a more granular understanding of the dynamics of disease and the direction that science is going to better understand and deal with different classes of disease.
The Beit-Leeds Scholarship allowed me to advance my academic career and access a world class education from a Russel Group University. I was blessed with the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. The exposure allowed me to connect with leading academics and their research. More importantly, the exposure allowed me to find my academic voice with a Master’s Thesis focused on growth factors regulating Epidermoid Carcinomas.
Following the completion of my MSc, I have continued in the path of research and innovation through technology transfer with leading consultancies who help technology driven SME’s in the EEA to access funding for research and innovation. As an Innovation, Project and Funding Consultant, I find myself poised to give back to the region through an interdisciplinary perspective. I have so far engaged a number of key stakeholders in the local/regional research and health space, and I am hopeful that something positive will come from these efforts.
As an Innovation, Project and Funding Consultant, I find myself poised to give back to the region through an interdisciplinary perspective. I have so far engaged a number of key stakeholders in the local/regional research and health space, and I am hopeful that something positive will come from these efforts.
Reading and regular exercise are among my hobbies.
My advice to future students is to stay true to your God ordained passions, interests and competencies. Where disciplines do not exist to fully describe your passions you can always (and should always) forge your own path taking what is useful from what is known and discarding what is not. I have also found that remaining open minded is the best way to figure out what life might have in store for you. Taking risks is scary, starting anew is daunting but remaining where you are when your potential consistently challenges you to be better is a slow death that I wish on no one. All the best. The world is yours.
“when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” ~ Wayne Dyer
Ms Mwila Simewo Shamwiinga
Course: MSc Accountancy & Finance
I completed my Bachelors in Accountancy at the Copperbelt University and proceeded to begin my career as an Auditor with one of the Big 4 external audit firms. I completed my ACCA and was awarded top Affiliate in Zambia and received 3 other ACCA awards for being top in Zambia for 3 professional level papers. I worked in Banking – Internal Audit before beginning my full time MSc Accounting and finance studies at the University of Leeds, U.K. I completed my Certification in Internal Audit and was awarded the CIA designation alongside my MSc in 2020.
I currently work as Internal Controller in an International NGO and ran a part time small scale business.
I specialise in Accounting and Audit work with additional experience in fraud investigations.
I chose my post graduate course due to the academic experience I knew I would gain from the holistic learning experience Leeds offers. Additionally, the modules in this program including the research modules were of interest to my professional growth as a finance professional.
The award gave me an opportunity to be exposed to a culture and experience I was unfamiliar with and enhanced my network through meeting people from different backgrounds.
The award also gave me an opportunity to study at a top university with all expenses paid and supported. I now apply the various experiences and exposure gained both in and outside class, to my day to day work.
Working for an INGO as Internal Controller to ensure I participate in ensure the organisation achieves its objectives.
I ran a part time baking business which was initially a hobby. I also spend time reading and I love to watch videos that teach me how to create various things, learn new skills, and efficient ways to work and perform day to day tasks.
My advice is to enjoy the whole experience and create a network because people build people. Remember, be open minded to challenges as they are learning opportunities. Choose a program that will allow you to grow professionally and also enables you to give back to others through your work.
Ms Chengeto Zvavamwe
Course: MSc Advanced Chemical Process Eng
I attained a BEng (Hon) degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Zimbabwe. I graduated with a 2.1 and was awarded a prize for the best graduating female in the department. I also wrote a publication on my final year research project titled ‘Yellow Dye Extraction from Eucalyptus Grandis Bark’. I presented this project at National Engineering Students Awards Competition (NESAC) competing against 11 other engineering students from universities across Zimbabwe and I won 2nd prize.
My area of academic expertise is in biorefinery technologies. I chose to study MSc in Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde because I wanted to broaden my understanding of as well as develop my technical skills in recovery of valuable products from biomass which happens to be a research area that the Chemical and Process Engineering department of the University of Strathclyde focuses on.
The Beit scholarship award covered my tuition and living costs while studying at the University of Strathclyde. I completed my studies thus gaining valuable knowledge and technical skills in biorefinery technologies. I graduated with a distinction and was awarded two prizes, one for best overall average mark in the program and the other for best individual project. As for now, I am working towards enrolling in PhD studies focusing on production of value-added products from biomass as substitutes for currently used fossil fuel-based industrial chemicals.
Having completed my studies in 2020, I recently travelled back to my region and have been working on integrating back into the community with the goal of enrolling in PhD studies and making a contribution in promoting green technologies in the region my special interest being use of biomass.
I love words and as a result I always have my nose buried in a book. I particularly enjoy self help psychology books, my current favourite being Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I also enjoy creative writing. I write blogposts and have since begun writing my own book. I enjoy going on hikes and being outdoors.
My advice is to adjust to your new environment as fast as you can and then begin enjoying the time that you have on your scholarship. Build connections, and be open to new experiences.
Dr Melody Asukile
University: UCT, SA
Course: MMed Neurology
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Zambia. I attained a BSc Human Biology with Distinction in 2010 and then proceeded to Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB.CHB) which I completed in 2013.
My area of expertise in Medicine is Neurology. I found the field of neurology very interesting during my medical school training, and I had personal and family experiences with neurological conditions. At the time of my decision to pursue neurology, there were no Zambian neurologists in Zambia. I saw a specialisation in Neurology as a way to do something I loved and at the same time providing a scarce service for my family and country.
The scholarship allowed me to achieve my goal of providing specialist neurology care in my country. I trained at an excellent institution (UCT) and got exposed to world-class medical services.
On my return I have been working as a junior neurology consultant at our public teaching hospital. I am providing clinical services including performing neurological tests that were very scarce prior to my return. I am also teaching and mentoring medical students and postgraduate trainees. I am engaged in several clinical research projects that we hope will inform neurological practice in Africa and other resource-limited countries.
My interests are epilepsy and improving access to neurological care in my country through the use of telemedicine services. My hobbies are swimming and dancing.
Being a Beit Scholar is an amazing opportunity. It is refreshing to be a part of a community that shares a common vision of being a positive contribution in your small corner of the world. The aim is not to be flashy and be seen by all, but just knowing that you are doing your part even though no one recognises it is enough.
Dr Matthew Wijers
Course: PhD Zoology
In 2014 I obtained a BSc in Conservation Ecology from Stellenbosch University. As part of my final year thesis, I studied African wild dog denning behaviour in the Save Valley Conservancy in partnership with the African Wildlife Conservation Fund (AWCF).
My area of expertise is Conservation Biology. I chose to pursue a PhD in zoology as I am passionate about wildlife conservation, particularly an emerging field of study referred to as ‘conservation technology’. I believe technology can help us solve many of the wildlife conservation challenges we face today. My PhD focused on exploring the design and application of acoustic sensing devices for monitoring lions and other large, vocally-active species.
The Beit Scholarship was instrumental in allowing me to progress beyond my undergraduate studies and gave me the opportunity to attend a world-class university where I was equipped with the knowledge and tools to establish myself as a conservation biologist. I am now a postdoctoral researcher working to develop new technology for wildlife conservation and am extremely grateful to the Beit Trust for helping me get this far.
When I began my PhD research I also took on the role of managing the Bubye Valley Conservation Research Project. Our team carried out valuable ecological surveys to guide conservation management and have more recently provided the first population estimate of brown hyenas in the area. Since completing my PhD I have continued to be involved in this project and regularly assist with ongoing surveys.
I am passionate about all things to do with nature and enjoy spending time exploring wild places such as kayaking down rivers or hiking up mountains. I am also very practical and seek out opportunities to design and build solutions to various problems.
My advice to future scholars is to work hard, but take time to rest. When faced with setbacks, treat them as opportunities to learn. Take advantage of opportunities to network and collaborate with others in your field.
Mr Dabwiso Sakala
Course: MSc Biodiversity and Conservation
I studied a BSc in Wildlife Management. My thesis looked at the drivers of disperser species richness and fruit off-take on several trees of the same species.
My area of expertise is biodiversity conservation. We need innovative solutions to protect our environment as well as improve societal wellbeing.
The Beit award was a great platform form me to explore deeper my academic interests and how this can contribute to a achieving a sustainable society. Upon completing my masters, I moved on to pursue a PhD in Science and Policy in Switzerland. My current research focusses on the role of biodiversity in sustainable energy transitions.
My current research focusses on Africa with the aim to improve our understanding on the vital role of biodiversity in reducing carbon emissions.
In my spare time I am very passionate about photography, especially wildlife and landscape photography. Besides, I love playing music.
My advice to potential scholars is that motivation, passion and self-discovery are key to achieving success. It has been said that a single seed can only become a forest when placed in the right environment.
Mr Jimiel Ngomani
Course: MSc Accounting & Finance
I got a first class honors degree in Accountancy at Chinhoyi University of Technology in 2016 and was actively involved in leadership activities like participating in the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI RLC) in South Africa in 2017.
I have always had a passion for Accounting since a young age when I studied Accountancy at both Ordinary and Advanced levels without a teacher and got distinctions. Choosing Accounting was a natural choice.
I will forever be indebted to the Beit Trust Scholarship for granting me this life time opportunity of studying at the prestigious Edinburgh University in a country full of opportunities for growth, diversity and a rich culture by fully funding my studies and personal costs. Without their generosity I would not have made it this far. Thank you very much for this 100% support. The trust also gave me a helping hand through constant communication and support with dealing with academic and personal challenges especially when transitioning to life in the UK, doing my dissertation and progressing with my studies. I am now studying CIMA and progressing on my journey to become a chartered accountant soon.
I did a dissertation focusing on Intellectual capacity in South Africa and opportunities for economic growth and I am in constant contact with my colleagues back in Zimbabwe trying to form an audit firm.
I am a Liverpool fc fan, always love to see them play. I also help the Edinburgh University Business School international students by giving alumni talks on how to stay focused on their studies, adapt to life in the UK and grab opportunities in their studies and beyond.
My advice for prospective scholars is to go out there and be proactive in your studies and take the opportunity to immense yourself in the culture of the country that you find yourself in. The Beit Trust scholarship is a lifetime opportunity which you should use and be grateful for.
I am proud to be a Beit Scholar and hope that the scholarship will continue to provide support to other bright African scholars to fulfil their potential by studying abroad
Ms Kudzai Mundawarara
Course: MSc Food Science and Nutrition
I acquired a BSc(Hons) Food Science and Nutrition from the Midlands State University; Zimbabwe in 2013 as a Joshua Nkomo Scholarship (Econet) beneficiary.
I am a Food Scientist by profession and I chose an MSc Food Science & Nutrition to better understand the interface between Food Science and Nutrition with an international exposure. The availability of abundant raw materials in Zimbabwe and the lack of knowledge regarding their properties compounded with the scarcity of suitable processing technologies serve as an impetus for me to desire to pursue a Masters in Food Science at Leeds so as to be able to apply modern food processing technologies to local conditions.
An opportunity to study at Leeds University School of Food Science and Nutrition, one of the leading top schools in Food Science, enabled me to create global networks, refine my technical expertise and equipped me with research skills to engage in meaningful research and development projects in Zimbabwe. The quality of research and the funding the University of Leeds attracts means it is able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. As a result, during my Master’s degree I had the opportunity of being taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the forefront of Food Science and Nutrition research.
Drawing from my experiences on my return, I am currently the Production Technical Specialist for ProDairy, a leading Zimbabwean dairy processor, pioneering research, and production of new nutrient rich dairy food products in the Zimbabwe for a sustainable food system. Professionally working in the food industry, I have been significantly contributing to SDG 2- zero hunger, by working to improve food security in the region.
Having preserved a culture of responsive community leadership and responsibility within me, I regularly participate in community engagement activities with various alumni groups I am affiliated to which include – Joshua Nkomo Scholarship alumni and YALI RLC(SA) Zimbabwe Chapter.
My advice to new scholars is to keep your goal in mind- eyes on the prize! Take initiative, stay focused and make sure you complete your goal.
Mr Walter Zibusiso Ncube
Course: MSc Engineering Technology and Business
An Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer who attained his BEng from NUST (Byo). Recently completed studying towards an MSc in Electronic & Electrical engineering with the University of Leeds. Proven experience in beer manufacturing, oil refining, power generation and consultancy. Demonstrated knowledge on plant operations and how to solve manufacturing and operations-based problems using root cause methodologies providing solutions for increased performance and robustness in plant and operations. Currently reading for a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds with Visible Light Communication as the main research area.
System design and optimization is my main area of expertise and I am currently applying that in the optimization of communication networks.
The Beit scholarship exposed me to a world of unimaginable opportunities. It helped me gain a wealth of information and knowledge which led me to improve myself. With these opportunities and the knowledge, I have managed to identify research gaps and areas of improvement thereby helping me on my path to contributing to academia and industry as a whole.
I still do consultations for companies in Zimbabwe and in my spare time I enjoy kayaking, reading and research, swimming and hiking.
My advice to new scholars is to always ask for assistance. The answer will always be no until you actually ask. No matter how difficult or impossible it may seem, try, ask for help.
Ms Mercy Nampasa
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: MSc Agriculture (Animal Science)
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences (Animal Science) with Merit, from the University of Zambia in 2013.
My area of academic expertise is Animal Nutrition, which is a specialised field in Animal Science. I worked as a junior Nutritionist for 3 years before I went on to get the MSc in Animal Nutrition. I chose to pursue postgraduate studies to improve my technical and research skills.
The Beit Scholarship helped me to obtain the MSc degree in Animal Nutrition at Stellenbosch University which I’m forever grateful for. Since graduation in December 2019, I have gone on to join the Urban Farmer subsidiary in Zambia (Isibaya Holdings) as the Account Manager for Zambia. My current position enables me to combine my technical skills in animal nutrition and feed formulation with the commercial skills that I have now acquired to promote business growth and success.
I work directly with livestock farmers in Zambia to provide support in livestock production and feed formulation to ensure their farming enterprises are successful.
I enjoy to travel and reading. I have on occasion worked with church organisations and NGOs in rural parts of the country to train women in livestock production and feed formulation in order to empower them to be self-reliant.
Being a Beit scholar at Stellenbosch University was an exciting experience for me and one that I will never forget. I’d advise future scholars to have a holistic experience during the course of their studies. They should explore the cities they’ll live in, make friends with people of different cultures and have fun!
It has been such an honour to be a Beit Scholar, I enjoyed my stay in Stellenbosch and I love what I do now as a result of having obtained my MSc degree.
Ms Tamiwe Kayuni
Course: MA International Relations
I studied political science which was my major and I took Economics as my minor. I successfully completed with a credit.
Political science and for my postgraduate I was specifically interested in Foreign Policy and International Relations within the field of Political Science. My interest arose when in 2011, UK suspended aid to Malawi after it (Malawi) threatened to expel the British High Commissioner over the remarks he made towards the then president, Dr Bingu wa Mutharika. This move made me curious to know the relations Malawi has with other countries and what guides the dynamics of those relationships. This made me want to explore key relations Malawi has and identify how resolution and cooperation can be reached when countries find themselves in a conflict. Additionally, my interest in post conflict cities, specifically how one can rebuild such cities led me to choose international relations as this course unlocks the theories to conflict resolution and cooperation among countries and touches on the influence of foreign policy (especially of key countries) on the development of other countries.
The scholarship gave me an opportunity to dive deeper into theories of cooperation and foreign policy that made me understand the decisions my country makes and how I can contribute to ensuring that the relations Malawi has are of benefit to the nations development. Additionally, the scholarship accords me an opportunity to explore the UK way of doing things in terms of governance, economic development etc which I am currently using that knowledge in my works as an Issue Based Facilitator.
My work which involves issue scoping on issues that are hindering economic growth and unlocking solutions to those issues is benefiting Malawians specifically MSMEs to access services easily and prosper with good systems in place.
I enjoy watching soccer, reading. I enjoy helping people become all that they were created for and do great things in helping others too.
My advice is to apply for the Beit trust scholarship. It’s one of the most outstanding scholarships and offered you an opportunity to do your studies with ease.
To Beit Trust: Thank you for creating an opportunity for many to study with ease
Mr Vitalis Chipakwe
Course: MSc Materials Science & Engineering
I hold a BSc. Honours degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe (First class) and an MSc. degree in Material Science & Engineering from the University of Leeds (Distinction). The latter I obtained as a Beit Trust Scholar from 2017 to 2018 where I also got the award of the best graduating student in the programme at SCAPE, University of Leeds. I am a Metallurgist by training and currently doing my doctoral studies in Mineral Processing Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
I am a Metallurgist by qualification and training and the experience from both exposures motivated me to pursue postgraduate studies. With the current green transition which requires minerals/materials, I think the sustainable sourcing of these critical raw materials is key.
I am excited and grateful to have had this wonderful experience as a Beit Scholar. From the wonderful time in Leeds and the UK to the growth in interpersonal skills. Of course, the big highlight is the furthering of my education in obtaining the MSc. Materials Science and Engineering with a distinction. This has gone a long way in shaping my current career path in research, now doing my doctoral studies in Minerals Engineering.
Since my graduation, I have had about 1.5 years working as a Mineral Processing consultant mainly based in Southern Africa region including Zimbabwe before embarking on my doctoral studies.
My interests involve mentoring of STEM students, traveling, playing football and family activities.
My advice to other scholars is that besides of course attaining your qualification also make time to interact with the society, learn new cultures, create networks and make the most of this great opportunity.
Ms Kelline Christabel Kanyangala
Course: MSc Finance and Investment
I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accountancy with Distinction. My undergraduate experience was nothing extraordinary, but I did enjoy meeting new people and learning from others.
I am a Finance professional with particular focus & interest in investments. When I started my undergraduate I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to venture in (though I was just sure of the areas that did not interest me). Luckily after a few years in the industry I realized I wanted to work within the capital markets and from there the choice of my postgraduate was easy.
It sounds like a cliche but my Beit Trust Scholarship was nothing short of a miracle. It was a launchpad that expanded my world view and opened me up to vast career opportunities. There is the me before Beit Trust, and me after Beit Trust.
Since I graduated from the University of Leeds I have worked as a Lecturer and now within the capital markets in Malawi. In both roles I believe I have been able to deliver quality output through the knowledge I gained from my studies.
My interests and hobbies are always evolving. Presently I find myself enjoying music, cooking and decorating. I also do enjoy writing and currently working on a children’s book series that is aimed at tackling and opening up children to issues of diversity and gender equality from a young age.
A lot of people have perhaps already told you to work hard. I would like to remind you to play, have fun and relax!
Favourite quote : “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Mr Lesley Nyirenda
Course: MSc Management
My expertise is in civil/structural engineering. I chose my course to broaden and deepen my knowledge in structural engineering changes. I achieved a 3.8 GPA at Stanford University, BSc Civil Engineering 2013, Dean’s Awards for academic excelllence.
With this postgrad degree, I am now a much more confident, capable and resourceful engineer who is able to tackle increasingly more challenging and sophisticated engineering problems.
Since graduating, I’ve been involved in mentoring younger engineers formally and informally.
I’m a sports fan(atic) – football, cricket, tennis, F1, basketball. Also love to create/perform A capella music. Avid reader on the internet.
I advise you to strive and back yourself to be the very best of you. Then strive to back others to be the best of themselves.
Forever grateful to the Beit team.
Ms Lisa Sidambe
Course: MA Conflict, Development and Security
Prior to being a Beit Scholar, I was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to pursue an honours in Political Studies and Philosophy at Monash University, for which I graduated summa cum laude and with an opportunity to be a student graduation speaker. In 2015 I was awarded the International Sir John Medal for outstanding achievement, an award given to one final year undergraduate student per faculty, internationally.
My research interests have a bias towards the nexus between post-colonial state building practices and the emergence of armed conflict. I was mostly attracted to my post-graduate course because it allowed me to advance an area of research I already had started exploring, one that focused on the development of a concept I titled Ethics of Diplomacy with Armed non-State actors. The concept had mostly been configured through the lens of regional dynamics and I sought to situate that within global dynamics, particularly as they relate to the interlinkages between development and the conceptualisation of security.
The award contributed to my efforts of positioning myself as a thought leader who truly values exposure, collaborative effort and networking. I believe that there is no amount of studying or intellectual aptitude that can ever replace or compete with those attributes. My major career highlights have leveraged on the skills I have mastered in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and who may not necessarily hold the same views as I do on research areas that are of interest to me. In my career I have extended thought leadership and research support on governance mechanisms to various organisations that are local, regional and international.
I am currently a cultural governance practitioner. In that capacity I have mostly contributed to regional and global discourse / advocacy on artistic freedom, human rights broadly and cultural rights.
Travelling is my passion. So far I have been to 16 countries and 44 cities across the world. It is my aspiration to reach the mark of 50 countries and 100 cities in the next 10 years.
The Beit Scholarship is not a moment, a period or an experience that is reducible to the academic qualification that you get. It is a lifetime investment into your journey as a leader who is committed to development, in all its facets. If you believe in gaining diverse skills and capacities that will allow you to be effective as a leader within your sphere of influence and beyond, then the Beit experience is exactly what you need. For a prospective or current scholar such as yourself, you probably have heard the saying ‘Be yourself’ way too many times. As cliche as that statement may sound, it is the only way you can effectively express your passion and commitment to leadership that is defined by service to humanity.
I also am currently pursuing a PhD in Political Studies, exploring the nexus between post-colonial state building practices and the emergence of armed-non state actor consciousness in preparation for war.
Mr Kim White
Course: MSc in Product Design
I studied a BSc in Electromechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town which I passed First Grade with Honours. My degree and the connections I made there set me up to work with Southern Implants in Pretoria developing their manufacturing processes for their products and later designing their products too.
My area of expertise is in Product Design. Everything around you that’s made by humans started off as an idea in someone’s head as a way to solve a problem. Product Design is about getting better at figuring out what problems exist, in Zimbabwe and around the world, coming up with ideas to solve them, and turning those ideas into real products and services that can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
I got to deeply immerse myself in the world of product design, gain valuable new skills and meet some great people from around the world. Through Strathclyde Uni I also got plugged into the entrepreneurship network in Scotland which has helped me learn about everything in a business outside of design.
My start-up, Zimbowties has so far sold its sustainable fashion accessories to people in over 25 countries, is stocked in 10 stores in 4 countries worldwide, has sponsored over 30 children’s school fees and is creating work in the sustainable fashion industry in Zimbabwe.
I spend time reading, podcasting (see my experiments here https://youtu.be/Km85QFPJBms), art, Argentinian tango, coding and ultimate Frisbee.
I believe 50% of your time is about getting good grades and 50% is about getting to meet people who you will have as friends, colleagues, and business partners for life. Strive to get that balance.
Learn more about Zimbowties at zimbowties.com. See my work at kimsdesignkitchen.com.
Mr Trancizeo Lipenga
Course: MSc Infection Biology
I achieved a First-class award Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Biomedical Sciences.
I did my MSc studies in Infection Biology at the University of Glasgow. This was an ideal choice, as it matched my career ambition of becoming a competitive biomedical researcher within Malawi. I am excited that I have taken different key responsibilities at various academic and research institutions in Malawi, both as a trainer (lecturer and mentor) and as a researcher. Malawi like many other sub-Saharan countries has a critical shortage of health workers and well-trained scientists to contribute to national development goals. Thus, the Beit-Glasgow biomedical scholarship was an ice breaker to realising my potential and influence to inspire change within my society.
I am currently enrolled for a Ph.D. at Ghent University on a project to define Oesophageal exposome in sub-Saharan Africa. Between Glasgow and Ghent, I have been working with the University of Malawi, College of Medicine as a research coordinator for Helse Nord Tuberculosis Initiate, again, Mzuzu University as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and as a graduate research assistant at Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust clinical research programme under the MALGAM project. (Please also refer to my biography).
During my free time I love traveling and meeting new people both for pleasure and also to learn different cultures.
Success is never easy, but at least we know of a simple formula: have a purpose, be passionate, persevere, and stay positive.
The world awaits our contribution; so let’s go a shine.
Mr Nathan Mbulo
Course: MSc. Electrical Engineering Technology and Business Management
I studied electrical engineering at the University of Cape Town and joined First Quantum Minerals- a copper and gold mining company. I took up various roles in maintenance and completed projects in Zambia and Findland before rising to the post of Specialist – the position I held at the time of receiving the Beit-Leeds Scholarship.
My area of expertise is in Energy Efficiency. The engineering and business courses I took helped me take up leadership roles in my company that would have otherwise taken longer to attain. More so, the award helps me to look for ways in which I can make a difference – no matter how small – in the lives of people I come across.
I have been focused on developing young engineers within my organization to develop their careers through mentorship and looking for opportunities to help them develop.
I am curious about renewable energy technologies and am always looking for ways to implement them in the poor communities in my area. Despite the pandemic, I have taken some time to truly understand the challenges these communities face and I hope to find solutions that meet their needs.
Reading, gardening and playing squash take up the rest of my spare time.
My advice is don’t try to change the world in one day after you graduate. Look for opportunities to spread the Beit spirit of generosity and selflessness wherever you end up within your family and your place of work.
“Sic parvis magna” from small beginnings comes greatness. What will you do today to make someone else’s tomorrow better!
Dr George Pupwe
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: Masters of Radiation Oncology
I graduated from Tianjin Medical University in 2007 . I obtained a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery.
My area of expertise is in Clinical Medicine . With the rising burden of Cancer in Zambia I chose to specialize in oncology to help the many lives affected by this deadly disease.
The Scholarship sponsored me for the entire time and helped me to realise the dream of becoming an Oncologist.
I have been fully involved in prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the entire Zambia . I have volunteered to write newspaper articles and give talks on national TV and companies on cancer awareness.
I am very interested in Charity work. Helping and uplifting the lives of the underprivileged. I love swimming. I love learning new languages (I currently speak 7 languages) travelling and learning about new cultures.
Being a Beit Scholar means being exceptional! The Beit scholarship gives you a golden opportunity to change the world to be a better place. Make the best use of being a Beit scholar.
I am forever indebted to the Beit Trust for making me realise my dream and making me do what I am really passionate about . Saving millions of cancer patients.
Dr Jane Shawa
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: MMed Diagnostic Radiology
I obtained a MbChB degree from Russia.
My area of expertise is Diagnostic Radiology. I chose it because it is such an integral part to a functioning health system and there is a serious shortage of this expertise in my country.
The Beit Trust sponsored me financially paying my tuition fees and stipend. Without the financial aid it would have been impossible for me to complete my studies.
Currently I am teaching diagnostic radiology to trainee doctors and technicians in my country to improve capacity.
Radiology all but consumes most of my days. I love to cook and spend time with and friends. Reading is a habit I have had for most of my life, lately reading motivational books. I am an advocate for girl child education and women empowerment and lately mental health.
Post graduate training can be a wonderful and challenging experience with many opportunities for self-discovery and growth. Work hard, put in your best and you will definitely reap the rewards.
I am eternally grateful to the Beit trust for providing me this opportunity to not only acquire a relevant skill for my country but also give me the ability to change the course of my family’s future.
Ms Tafwirapo Chihana
University: Stellenbosch University, SA
Course: MSc Economics
In my undergraduate, I studied a Bachelor of Social Science with economics as a major at the University of Malawi from 2009 to 2013. I performed quite well and in my third year I was honoured as the best student in the Faculty of Social Sciences by the National Bank of Malawi. During my studies I developed a particular interest in econometrics and analysis in general. This prepared me for analytical positions I would later on use in the research and monitoring and valuation fields.
I specialized in economics with a slight bias towards health economics and econometrics. I chose this specific combination because I have had passion for econometric analysis since undergraduate. My work in research and M&E of healthcare programs helped me develop interest in health research. That is why my research topics have been on health issues in Malawi including noncommunicable diseases and health care utilisation.
The Beit Scholarship made my postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch not only possible but enjoyable. The scholarship gave me an opportunity to learn from best professors and interact with students from different countries and socio-economic backgrounds. I have made professional and personal connections which will last a lifetime. In addition to academic achievements, I have gained skills, knowledge and experiences across all areas of life. I am currently resettling down in Malawi and exploring professional opportunities.
I am currently contributing to research on different health topics including COVID19 vaccines hesitancy and exploring the relationship between housing and health.
In my spare time I like travelling and learning about new places and meeting new people.
Those aspiring to be Beit Scholars in the future should work hard in their respective fields since this is one of the very competitive scholarships. You should also give yourself ample time between the start of the application process and the submission date. The application process as it is for all scholarship can be daunting, but never ever give up.
Just to say I am grateful for the generous support I got through Beit Scholarship. The team is very amazing and supportive.
Mr Charles Shachinda
Course: Msc (Eng) Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering
I hold a BSc(Eng) in Civil Engineering (with distinction) from the University of Science and Technology of Oran [2013 – 2016] and a joint BSc in Business Engineering (with distinction – very honorable) from Paris Graduate School of Management and Higher International Management Institute [2015 -2017]; both of which I pursued concurrently.
- Published a debut book titled “Unravel The Genius In Your Story”on 05/05/2019 (Category: Motivation & Inspiration).
- Appointed Central Province Coordinator for Volunteer for Zambia to coordinate volunteering programs and activities across the province
- Awarded an Exceptional Congratulations Certificate by Higher International Management Institute for scooping a distinction rated ‘Very Honorable’ upon the completion of my BSc in Business Engineering.
- Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for dedicated service as President-elect of the Association of Zambian students in Algeria from [2015 to 2016].
- Awarded the Zambian-Algerian 2012/2016 Government Scholarship to read for a BSc(Eng) in Civil Engineering
- Appointed Regional French – English Interpreter by Les Rachetés de l’Eternel to convert concepts from source language to equivalent concepts in the target language [2013 – 2016]
My area of academic expertise is Civil Engineering under which Water, Sanitation and Hygiene/Health (WaSH) engineering is a sub-speciality/study. As access to WaSH is not only a basic human right but also a pre-condition for social and economic development; it remains a highly undeserved sector globally, particularly in the developing world.
I chose my post-grad course with the view to gain the necessary knowledge and skill set that will enable me become an innovative and solution-driven WaSH Civil Engineer capable of making appropriate use of engineering methods, techniques and tools to design and deliver impactful WaSH engineering solutions that will positively and sustainably serve humanity.
This includes the delivery of urban and rural water supply and sanitation infrastructure, drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection, treatment, transport and disposal systems.
My interests include reading engineering news, books and journals, civic leadership, golf, chess, swimming, soccer, humanitarianism, poetry, public speaking and travelling.
We all are the potential solution to humanity’s many intractable problems and the positive force to shape the world that we earnestly desire.
Ms Inutu Katoti
Course: MSc Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems
I did a BSc in Physics at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe, Zambia. In my third year, I was the best student in my course. My final year project focussed on renewable energy and was used at the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Renewable Energy Solutions for Rural Zambia at the University of Zambia in November 2019 and it involved Oxford University, University of Cape Town in South Africa, University of Zambia (UNZA), Kwame Nkrumah University and Mulungushi University and Copperbelt University (CBU) in Zambia. I have a passion for sustainable science and technology, for the present and future.
My area of expertise is science and technology (it is quite wide as I did not specialise in my undergraduate degree), but I chose renewable energy studies to help improve in general the knowledge about sustainability and renewable energy in my country.
Currently, I am still pursuing my Master’s degree, but the award has helped me achieve the goal of being knowledgeable about renewable energy, and this will be a starting point to achieve other goals in future.
I am still in the UK now, but I hope to contribute in many ways that I can to the development of my country and region.
I am currently a course representative at Leeds University, I represent the views of my course mates. My voluntary work is mostly done at church, I am an usher who basically ensures that issues like welcoming members during a church service are under control. I like travelling, researching, reading, playing badminton, photography, watching Christian movies and listening to Christian music.
Be yourself, don’t let anything hold you back from being the best person you are meant to be. Keep forging ahead regardless of any setback. Our year was marked with so many ‘new normals’ but reminding myself that I was capable really kept me going. Keep in touch with other scholars, not only from your country but others too. You’d be amazed at how much you share and how much you’ll learn. You’ll definitely work hard, so rest as much as possible, you’ll need it. Most importantly, just be you, you’ll perform better that way.
I would like to thank the Beit Trust for this opportunity, I remain grateful for it and I am glad others can also get a chance to develop themselves.
Dr Dennis Mazingi
Course: MSc International Health & Tropical Medicine
I am a medical doctor and hold a master’s in general surgery from the University of Zimbabwe. I am interested in surgery and the global effort to expand access to safe surgery for the approximately 5 billion people who currently do not have access to it.
My areas of expertise are in general surgery, paediatric surgery and global health, particularly in global surgery. My motivation came from my love for the Zimbabwean child and watching the needless suffering they go through because of surgical diseases every year. I’m interested in contributing to a healthier and more productive continent through surgical care and prevention of surgical disease.
The award has given me the skills to be a powerful global health leader, I’ve been able to expand my influence as a researcher, thought leader, and academic. I also now have the opportunity to advocate for my patients on the biggest global health stages around the world and make a real difference in people’s lives.
I am part of a collective of academics and global health policy-makers based in Zimbabwe that aims to make substantial reductions to the number of children who die from injury every year. We want to see a stronger trauma system that keeps children out of harm’s way and can adequately treat them when injuries do happen. It is an effort that spans clinical, policy, and economic spheres and has the potential to safeguard our countries future from the scourge of trauma.
I am an avid philatelist and numismatist and I am also an enthusiastic rugby fan. I am also interested in philanthropic activities in children’s injury prevention and children’s surgery.
My advice to prospective scholars is to reach for the stars! You will be surprised at what you can achieve if you make a sincere attempt and keep service to others foremost in your goals.
I am very grateful to be a part of this Beit family and very proud of the work the Trust does to make the lives of the people living in our countries better.
Dr Luwani Msowoya
Course: MSc Epidemiology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance
I hold a degree in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from Pavlov First State Medical University in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
My area of expertise is Medicine, Epidemiology. I am still studying.
I am interested in community work, especially in rural Malawi. Simple clinics and educational meetings with locals. Reading, outings to Lake Malawi, hiking.
My advice to new scholars is to take on that daunting task you’ve been going back and forth on, it might just be your most successful project yet.
Mr Clement Kangombe
University: St Andrews
Course: MSc Artificial Intelligence
I did my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at Tambov State Technical University and graduated in 2015.
My area of expertise is in machine learning technologies and currently working on a dissertation which involves computer vision. I choose this area of study for my postgraduate because it is an exciting field with a lot of technological advancement yet to be achieved. To be part of the people making the world a better place to live in is exciting. The present and the future all depend on AI technologies, to understand how and what makes such things work motivated me to choose this area.
The Beit Scholarship gave me a chance to work with world class Professors. The knowledge that I have gained will make me be very good at what I love doing, which is contributing towards the advancement of technology in my country Zambia.
Currently still studying, however my plan is to work with industry professionals and contribute in improving digital health sectors of my region.
My advice for future a scholar is to always believe in yourself no matter the challenges you might face along the course of your study. It’s not always easy, but as long as you believe in what you do, you will make it. Always remember that you were selected because you deserve it!
Ms Fionah Mukondwa
Course: MSc Sustainability and Environmental Studies
I am a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. I graduated with a distinction and was awarded the Arup Zimbabwe Prize for the best graduating student in Civil Engineering (2016).
My main area of academic focus is Construction Engineering Project Management with a particular interest in sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure. This passion played a major influence in selecting my graduate programme, in Sustainability and Environmental Studies, because it allows me to delve deeper into the exciting concepts of environmental conservation and the circular economy from a global viewpoint.
The Beit Scholarship has opened a window to the world for me to understand the intricacies of global sustainable development. The Beit network has been an invaluable resource centre populated with amazing individuals who are willing to help me attain my full potential.
My professional focus has been predominantly in the energy development area, in which I have participated in two of the largest power plant construction projects in Zimbabwe; the 300MW Kariba South Extension project and the 600MW Hwange Expansion Project with a combined value of over US$2 billion.
I find teaching and sharing my academic and career experiences with the younger generation of future engineers and scientists fulfilling. I have mentored several interns on industrial attachment during my tenure in the energy industry. Over the past year, I have shared some of the Zimbabwean design and construction practices with a group of first-year undergraduates at the University of Strathclyde to develop intercultural competence and promote global engineering mindsets amongst aspiring engineers. I am currently looking at developing engineering resources for 3-8 year-olds using creative art such as games and hands-on activities to challenge stereotypes, broaden aspirations in young children and encourage diversity in engineering. I am also a data science enthusiast who is interested in exploring correlations in sustainable engineering aspects. For instance, it would be interesting to analyze how a nation’s environmental legislation influences its economic policies and impacts on its social prosperity.
My advice to future scholars is that they should pursue options that they are passionate about. However, it is also important to consider the future of the world and how our present actions impact future generations. Therefore it is imperative, in all endeavours, to be guided by the Sustainable Development Goals. Also, in the Beit Trust, you will be part of a family of exceptional individuals with diverse skill sets and a common goal, “To make the world a better place one step at a time.”
The Beit Trust community is more than a group of professionals undertaking postgraduate studies, it is a family that supports and encourages you to break the glass ceiling!