On the 21 of September 2016, I found myself on a flight to the UK, to travel to the University of Warwick via the WTI office in Oxford to study in one of the greatest universities in the UK. I had no idea what to expect, although I knew this would academically progress my entire career. Even though I knew it was going to be a challenging study experience, I set my mind to learn and change, and to take in the new experiences.
We are delighted to congratulate Christine Anyango Modi, who has been awarded the Paul Roy Award for Outstanding Contribution from the University of Liverpool. Christine was awarded a trophy and certificate in recognition of her excellent performance during her MSc in Human Resource Management, 2015-16.
Christine says, “It’s just an honour to be a WTI Scholar. Lots of thanks goes to the WTI foundation for the achievements that I have received.”
This Autumn we are delighted to welcome the new Windle Trust International scholars to the UK for the 2016-2017 academic year. This year we have 20 students.
Windle Trust International is delighted to report that one of our former students, Anthony Poggo, who is currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Kajo-Keji has been appointed by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to the role of adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs.
Anthony Poggo has a long history in community and church development. As a Windle scholar, he completed an MBA at Oxford Brookes University in 2001 before returning to South Sudan where he joined ACROSS, one of South Sudan’s oldest and most respected ngo’s, eventually becoming its Executive Director.
Every year we organise a week-end event which brings together all the UK Masters students to get to know each other and reflect upon their future roles. This year the focus was on conflict management. This theme has a direct relevance to our students since many of them have been, or still are, refugees and all of them are from communities that have been directly affected by war and violent conflict.
September and October are always our busiest months in the calendar, not only because we are receiving and welcoming new students, but also bidding goodbyes to the completing students. So, it’s a mixed bag of emotions – excitement and sadness!
When our UK Programme students come to the end of their studies, we welcome them back to Oxford again to celebrate their achievements, and prepare them a little for life back in their own countries. This year 13 students gathered at The Said Business School in Oxford on Saturday 8th August, for a day of workshops designed to help them find work in their home countries. It was a great opportunity for the students to meet each other again and reflect on their time in the UK. Hazel Douglas of Oxford HR was on hand to help with CVs and interview skills, and Samantha Davies from the Oxford of