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VicInAqua academic student exchange programme - second round conducted in Germany

In the frame of our student exchange programme, our coordinator HsKA (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany) welcomed academic students from Kenya and Uganda to their research premises. During two weeks in June, a rich programme enabled the students to be trained on VicInAqua new technologies in the fields of water treatment, environmental measurements, sensor systems, electrochemical storage systems, converters and renewable energies.

The HsKA team organised a diversified schedule gathering laboratory visits, lectures, practical experiments, a day on ACHEMA, the worldwide leading show for the process industries, company visits at and a study visit of a wastewater treatment plant of the city of Karlsruhe. The students could in particular benefit from experiments within the so-called island laboratory of HsKA, which produces electricity from wind power and a photovoltaic system on a building roof.

The VicInAqua team will publish a report gathering an assessment of the whole student exchange programme and feedbacks from the students itself soon. The students who took part to the programme in Germany are already very positive about their experience at HsKA. “We have been able to experiment what we only know from textbooks at home”, Kennedy Kibetu tells. Together with his tandem partner Prossy Namulindwa, he produced a lithium battery and studied a fuel cell in details. “The people here at the university are all very kind and open minded, and the many practical lessons help us understanding the subjects taught”, so Namulindwa and Kibetu. “The programme helped me to be more aware of the possibilities we have for water treatment” Caroline Maina, a further programme student explains. “I will take a lot of ideas with me”.

Source: Article in German on the website of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences – read.