UK scholarships for star students

02 August 2017 | Story Yusuf Omar. Photo Nick Kendrick.
Imperial College London, where UCT engineering graduate Teddy Mudge will pursue his master’s in medical device design and entrepreneurship.
Imperial College London, where UCT engineering graduate Teddy Mudge will pursue his master’s in medical device design and entrepreneurship.

UCT medical student Safa Naraghi, engineering graduate Teddy Mudge and law graduate Tshepo Mosaka have earned massive scholarships from FirstRand that will take them to prestigious UK universities for the next academic year.
 

Mudge completed a mechanical engineering degree in 2009. He now designs medical devices that combine creative engineering with a clear understanding of medical needs. Having received one of two FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarships, worth R800 000 each, Mudge will pursue a master’s in medical device design and entrepreneurship at Imperial College London, which is split between biomedical engineering and the MBA programme at Imperial College.

Mosaka graduated with an LLM from UCT, with distinction, after completing an LLB at Wits, also with distinction. He and Naraghi each received one of three FirstRand Foundation scholarships, which are also individually worth R800 000.

Mosaka is focused on a “long-term project to write an African customary law code of evidence and whether it is possible to adapt the English system of evidence based on empirical foundations to suit African customary law – which has supernatural foundations”. The scholarship will take him to Nottingham University, where he’ll read for a DPhil as a major first step toward fulfilling his career ambitions.

Naraghi graduated with a BSc in mechanical engineering from UCT and is currently completing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. He is researching the use of simple cellphone technology to detect early signs of tuberculosis. With the scholarship, he aims to enrol at University College London to do an MSc in entrepreneurship and health-related engineering design.


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