Oabona Kangangwani

Oabona Kangangwani

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

I wanted a university that treated its students as individuals as opposed to a number. I found out that the University of Leeds did not only do that but also offered a good Chemical and Materials Engineering course, of which I have always been passionate to pursue.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The teaching staff. They do whatever they can to help students learn and are very approachable.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

I have completed a group project in which we were designing a plant for the production of glass. I learnt how to work well with people, come up with and share ideas, the importance of good communication and presentation.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is an awesome city to live in. It caters for everyone’s taste: those who drink and those who don’t. There are lots of pubs, night clubs, restaurants and cinemas, just to name a few. There is an excellent transport link, you can be at your favourite place any time you want.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I want to finish my course with a PHD, after which I ideally would like to go back to my country and help improve the Chemical Engineering industry using the knowledge and experience I attain. I would like to improve the standards of Chemical Engineering course in the universities in my country.

What Experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

The group projects offered by my course help improve my communication skills when working with my group mates as well as through oral presentations. I also learn how to work and share ideas with different people which will help me through in my future projects and career.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Be passionate and stay focused. Time management is key, knowing when to do your school work and when to blow off some steam.