Three bright CPUT students will soon be jetting off to Norway where they will gain valuable skills and experience in their field as part of their work integrated learning experience.
Third year BHSc: medical laboratory sciences students Erin Jacobs, Linah Mjuleni and Renaldo Pool will spend three months in Norway where they will be based in the city of Bergen. Prof Tandi Matsha, head of the biomedical sciences department, says a two year grant was received from the UTFORSK partnership programme and this would enable the three students to travel to Norway for their training.
The three students said their studies had prepared them well for the experience and they were looking forward to the opportunity to develop and hone their practical skills.
“In terms of theory I think we know what to do but I am expecting to learn a lot in Norway and to see how the Norwegians work in their labs and how they do things differently,” said Jacobs.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have never even been on plane. This is going to be such a good learning curve. It will be good to explore what’s happening elsewhere in the world, for example certain diseases are more endemic in other countries,” says Mjuleni.
Pool said he looked forward to seeing the different techniques used in the laboratories in Norway.
“We could bring some of those techniques back and try to implement it here.”
The UTFORSK Partnership Programme supports project cooperation between higher education institutions in Norway and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa.