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UEL students travel around the world through Going Global

Programme allows students to expand their horizons on short-term study trips 

Imagine travelling to Ghana to carry out research for your master’s degree, or travelling to Sri Lanka to participate in surgery on human patients. These are just two of the incredible experiences University of East London (UEL) students participated in this year through the Going Global programme. 

Far-flung places like Thailand, Uganda, The Gambia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the United States took centre stage at a celebration of Going Global which took place Oct 5. 

UEL sends dozens of students abroad every year, individually and in groups, on short-term study trips designed to enrich their degree programme and provide them with interesting cultural experiences. The trips, which are often at least partially funded by the University, range from a few days to a few weeks. 

In 2017-2018, 66 students took part in Going Global, visiting 18 countries. And for the first time, a group of seven students attended summer schools at universities in South Korea, Kosovo, France, Italy, Russia, Argentina and Germany.  

Adam Warwicker, a BSc Medical Physiology student, described his time in Sri Lanka. 

He said, “There isn’t really anything better than experiencing something for the first time, especially something like dissecting a human body.

“I had 18 days of lab time in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Colombo. On my first day, I was given a cadaver, a tray of medical tools and some work material and books. We spent the majority of our time dissecting the cadaver, working through the musculoskeletal system, thoracic organs, abdominal organs, brain and spinal cord, nervous system, reproductive system and then whatever else was left.”

A supervisor at the university also arranged for Adam to attend surgical operations. Adam even got to assist the surgeon with a procedure to remove kidney stones. 

Adam said, “I learned a tremendous amount. I’m very much changed in the sense that I have found a pathway and a real passion for the work I did out in Sri Lanka. I know it’s very difficult for students to know what they want to do as a career after university, but chasing this opportunity means I’m convinced that I want to get into anatomical pathology work in the future.” 

Fellow student Rebekah Pink-Hayes travelled to Ghana to carry out research on the role of faith-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who support people with disabilities. 

Rebekah, who has just completed a master’s degree in NGO and Development Management, said, “I got to travel to different tribal regions in the country and interview NGO workers and carry out observations of NGO projects.

“This trip helped me to understand the importance of religion in Ghanaian life and encouraged me to change the perspective of my studies, which I’m continuing as part of my PhD.” 

Professor Hassan Abdalla, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of UEL’s College of Arts, Technology and Innovation, told the students, “I’m really proud of each you for the Going Global trips you’ve undertaken, sometimes alone and to far-off countries. 

“From your presentations it’s clear you’ve all done some really fantastic projects that have changed and improved lives and communities. Albert Einstein said that logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere. Each of you have shown real imagination.”

Visit our website for more information on the Going Global programme, including how to apply.