UCT students off to Paris Summer School

23 May 2007 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Totally Paris: UCT students Kate Lindsell-Stewart, Mondli Guma and Bongani Mthombeni were selected to attend the Total Summer School in France this July.

Three UCT students - of only five from South Africa - have been selected to attend the Total Summer School, hosted by the French-based Total Group, in Paris from 1 to 7 July.

Mondli Guma and Bongani Mthombeni, who are doing their master's degrees in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Kate Lindsell-Stewart, who is doing her honours in the Department of Geology, are among the 100 students selected to spend a week examining and discussing key energy issues and challenges with managers from Total and experts from the worlds of industry and research.

Two South African subsidiaries - Total Coal South Africa and Total South Africa '“ of the Total Group invited applications for the summer school from final-year and postgraduate engineering students.

"I applied to attend the Summer School as I felt my research was related to the topics that are going to be presented and by attending it would benefit my research which is in environmental sustainability in the minerals processing industry,' said Guma. 'It is also a great opportunity to interact with students from all over the world."

Total Coal representative Jeff Bolus, said, 'We looked for the following attributes: high potential student; very good spoken and written English; good inter-personal skills; open-minded; self-starter; commitment and respect for other cultures. I was very impressed with the quality of the UCT applicants.'

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