African students who have received full scholarships from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to study at universities across North America are gathering at UBC this weekend. The program funds education for students who come from economically disadvantaged areas and are committed to leading change in their communities after completing their studies.
UBC joined the program last year and welcomed its first cohort of five MasterCard Foundation Scholars in September. These students will be joining peers from more than 15 Canadian, U.S. and African universities to share experiences and ideas.
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Brian Mukeswe is studying electrical engineering at UBC and aims to enter the field of transportation technology in his home country of Uganda.
“I envision a more self-sustaining Uganda where innovation creates more opportunities to provide lasting solutions to the challenges faced by society. This will be achieved by empowering youth with the ability to generate effective solutions to problems directly affecting them.”
Tamara Lottering is studying science at UBC with plans to focus on pharmaceutical biochemistry so she can contribute to the agricultural, medical and academic sectors in her native Botswana.
Patrick Munyurangabo is studying growing trends and agriculture in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. He plans to return home to Rwanda and use his new knowledge to improve food security and nutrition.
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