Mirjam Dramm, an exchange student from the Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, in Germany, is back at NUST, studying toward a Master of Science degree, with Human Climate – Palaeoenvironment (Geography) as her major subject. Last year, she pursued her Honors degree at NUST on an exchange visit.
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to study in Namibia. I have learnt a lot about the culture, the environment, the nature and the way of life here,“ Mirjam said. As part of the Master’s programme she was expected to undertake an internship, which she did at Katima Mulilo at the Town Council, earlier this year. This prompted her to write her thesis on ‘Waste Management in Katima Mulilo.’ Waste management is a contentious issue in the town, with a number of residents having complained about poor waste management.
Mirjam is a beneficiary of the scholarships availed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD avails over 100 000 scholarships annually to students across the world. “I advise local students to apply for DAAD scholarships, because it is a great opportunity to experience another country. Sometimes, applications are rejected, but that does not mean you should stop trying, or look for other funding opportunities” she remarked.
Recently, a high-level delegation from JLU visited NUST to strengthen relations.
During the visit, a joint open-campus meeting was held by JLU and DAAD, with the objective to provide information to NUST staff and students regarding exchange opportunities at the University and DAAD scholarship funding opportunities in general.