Writtle University College (WUC) is celebrating its association with the Marshal Papworth Fund. Since its foundation in 2001, agricultural and horticultural students from developing countries have benefitted from the Fund’s scholarship programme.
Sandra Lauridsen, East of England Agricultural Society education manager and Marshal Papworth Fund coordinator, visited WUC on 11th October. She enjoyed a tour of the campus with senior academics and met Danisa Matebesi, one of the Fund’s current beneficiaries.
Sandra commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Writtle University College again this year, supporting one of our new Masters students, Danisa, as he undertakes a really important MSc Crop production (Horticulture).
“We know that the impact our students create when they return home is huge, with one of our alumni having set up a food security project supporting 10,000 poor rural households in Ghana following his studies in the UK. So with every intake of students the committee and all of its supporters and partners are immensely excited about reaching even more rural communities.”
Danisa Matebesi said: “I am a Horticulture Lecturer responsible for teaching trainers in horticulture in Zimbabwe. This responsibility involves equipping horticulture training officers with transferable horticultural crop production skills and knowledge.
“The MSc Crop Production (Horticulture) at Writtle University College is unique in that it covers the whole latitude of issues in the horticulture value chain from a global perspective. I thank the East of England Agricultural Society's Marshal Papworth Scholarship Fund for making it possible for me to access this specialized learning.”