New Swarovski Foundation scholar in Cambridge

Last year the Swarovski Foundation took the enlightened decision to support a student on the Master’s course in Engineering for Sustainable Development here in Cambridge.

The course is a particularly popular one with international students, especially those from developing countries that recognise the importance of matching engineering know-how with robust and practical sustainable solutions.

The first scholar was Rasha Abdrabu, a young engineer from Yemen, who valued both the wide-ranging course modules and the opportunity to write a dissertation, in which she focused on the water management challenges facing a particular area of Yemen.  She also thanked the Swarovski Foundation for enabling her to experience the all-round education that Cambridge offers.

Josephine Tumwesige has just arrived from Uganda to start her course, with the help of the second Swarovski Foundation Scholarship.  Since her early years in education she has appreciated the value of educational philanthropy, which enabled her to progress through school and take a first degree at Makerere University in Uganda.  Since graduating she has worked for WARID Telecom and MTN Uganda, most recently as an Intelligent Network & Value Added Services Engineer. 

About her arrival in Cambridge, she says:

Cambridge is stunning, and the history of its architecture is endlessly fascinating.  It exudes a mix of academic and social atmosphere.

The highlight of my first week was a course-arranged field trip. The trip set the tone for the course’s objective of dealing with complexities and challenges in engineering projects.  Over the year we will be visiting sites in the UK that will be affected by major infrastructure and transport projects, including the Colne valley (in the route of the HS2 rail project), Newbury (affected by the trunk road development of the A34), and the Devil’s Punchbowl (at the heart of the Hindhead Tunnel construction project).

The focus is on approaching issues holistically, and thinking at systems level rather than with the predominantly reductionist mindset of engineers.

I look forward to a year of change, working with people from different disciplines and backgrounds, and understanding the methodologies for tackling complex global challenges within a sustainable framework.

Josephine’s aspiration is to play a significant role in helping Uganda to achieve its Sustainable Goals, particularly in ensuring access to affordable and clean energy.  She wants to lead changes towards environmentally and socially proactive engineering practices.

Josephine Tumwesige with Helen Pennant, Director of the Cambridge Trust, at the Trust's Welcome Event for new scholars in October 2017

Josephine Tumwesige with Helen Pennant, Director of the Cambridge Trust, at the Trust's Welcome Event for new scholars in October 2017