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Xolile Mkhize was awarded the Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarship at Wageningen University & Research- This is her experience

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08.21.2020

Celebrating #WomenInEducation today's special feature is Xolile Mkhize who is a senior lecturer at Mangosuthu University of Technology. Xolile will receive her PhD. in September. She was awarded the Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarship at Wageningen University & Research with a focus on the global impact of food insecurity and agricultural development. 


Xolile  was asked about the importance of education in women and she said: "Education has provided me a platform to gain knowledge, perspectives and attitudinal shifts that are very global, vast and comprehensive. This has equipped me to utilize what I have learnt during my visit in the Netherlands by exploring further within my research interests and also adopt relevant interventions in my field (Food and Nutrition Security). Education makes me relevant in my career and builds an interest to advance and advocate more research initiatives and also develop suitable programmes within the learning space I operate in."


The Nuffic NESO South Africa team further asked her what was her study periods in NL contribute to your career and she had this to say:  "The Netherlands experience has really shaped my career development in terms of adopting new interests, innovations and technologies. It has also developed a broader perspective on how to address challenges within the case studies that apply to my research field. It has been an excellent platform of building relevant networks globally for collaborative research. The field trips and invitation of diverse experts during courses, has really shaped my thinking in terms of how I can engage with training and development materials during facilitation sessions in the academic space and also within community based projects.  The experience created a broader understanding of the food system and has also enhanced my understanding of how I can contribute even within the South African context. Hence all these attributes contributed towards my career development making me a relevant resource within my field."


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