Embarking on the Erasmus + Mobility exchange program in the United Kingdom under the Nottingham Trent University – Makerere University (Mak-NTU) Partnership was a life changing experience. This opportunity opened doors to world class learning, cultural immersion, personal growth and career development. My name is Divine Katiiti an Environmental Health Science student at Makerere University School of Public Health awaiting graduation. I had the opportunity to travel with other 34 students from various disciplines at Makerere University.
Arrival in Nottingham was indeed surreal, the team was welcomed by city’s abundant greenery, beautiful architecture and organised transport. Settling into this this new place was smooth because accommodation had already been arranged. Although it was summer, it was quite challenging acclimating to the cold weather of Nottingham city. The days were longer than the nights. I was completely taken by surprise by the sun rising at 5am and setting at 10pm.
One of the first things that impressed me about teaching and learning at Nottingham Trent University was the way they incorporate learning into games. Games made learning more fun and interactive, which helped in retaining the information more effectively, especially the complex concepts. Not only did the games make learning more accessible and inclusive but also helped us develop new skills and knowledge in a fun and interactive way.
Another academic resource that I found quite remarkable was the university’s well-equipped laboratory. It is designed to complement and reinforce classroom learning and provides us with opportunities to apply theoretical concepts in practical settings.
The endless library resources at the University that included a comprehensive range of materials, combing the traditional print materials with extensive digital collection. These resources supported our academic research, enhanced learning experiences and facilitated scholarly experience across a wide range of disciplines and subjects.
We also had an opportunity to engage in writing retreats which enhanced our skills in writing abstracts, literature reviews, blogs, and developing concepts.
Even though I had come for an academic exchange program. I couldn’t forget to have fun and make the most of the trip. I ventured into touring the city of caves which involved some occasional stooping and crouching in the narrower areas. City of Caves provided a fascinating glimpse into the history of the United Kingdom, from its geological past to its medieval, industrial, and social history. The site offered a unique perspective on the ways in which people have adapted to and made use of their environment over the centuries.
Some of the Makerere University Students at the picnic at Walloton Park in Nottingham City.
Ms. Divine Katiti, an environmental health student from Makerere University School of Public Health exploring the City of Caves.
This experience fundamentally changed the person I am today. It was a profound journey that reshaped my perspective on life. Lastly, I learnt from the Notts folks that time is a precious resource. They understand the importance of making the most of their time and managing their schedules effectively to achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives.
Written by Ms Divine Katiiti, Bachelor of Environmental Health Science, MakSPH