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
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. We invite all Beit Scholars, from whatever era, to join the BSA Facebook page here.
For further information, please contact Ashleigh Mitchley, our Scholarship and Alumni Co-Ordinator, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to connect Beit Scholars with each other, provided their permission is given.
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!