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From the Mid North Coast to Northern Uganda
When I look back at my time at UNSW, I see a whole bunch of things that I never would have expected to be doing as a high school student. Back then, as a Year 12 student in Taree, I knew I’d be applying to Engineering, but apart from that I had no real idea what I’d be doing at Uni. And, as it turned out, that was completely okay, and pretty normal. I think most of my friends felt the same way.
But once I got to UNSW, things began to change and opportunities started to present themselves. It turns out, there are plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge outside the classroom and I definitely made the most of them. One of my most rewarding Uni experiences happened completely by chance.
I had been working with the Engineering faculty on a project and one of the academics mentioned in passing that they were organising a trip to Uganda. I didn’t even know we had a partner university in Africa. Anyway, he asked if I’d be interested in coming along. Seriously? Of course! So, literally one month after that casual chat in the faculty I was on my way to Uganda.
Once we got there, we started working with the local agriculture students on a few different things and the collaboration was amazing. At UNSW, sustainability is a big focus for the Engineering faculty and in Uganda we were able to put that into practice.
During my time on the farms in Northern Uganda, we noticed that there was a lot of agricultural waste that wasn’t being put to good use. So, we got to thinking and came up with the idea that became RiceCycle.
Basically, we’re developing small-scale generators that can be powered by the rice husks left behind after the harvest. The generators provide power, but also a potential secondary source of income for farmers. The waste product left behind can be used as an alternative to concrete, so farmers will be able to sell the material, pay off their generators, and develop a new income stream. We’re pretty excited about it. RiceCycle has the potential to change people’s lives.
My trip to Uganda was just one of the amazing experiences I’ve had at UNSW. The staff here really encourage students to make the most of every opportunity and I think that’s what sets UNSW apart from other Unis. You get an amazing education, but you get a lot more than that, too if you’re willing to get stuck in and back yourself.
Jotham: Engineering Student and Inventor.
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