Hosting students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in the USA brings a large group of students to Namibia every year. The purpose of the course is to give students an opportunity to carry out a research project with local institutions in Namibia and to get fist hand experience of working in a foreign country. The students normally major in a wide range of subjects
The main institution hosting the students while in Namibia is the Polytechnic of Namibia. Several NGOs and other institutions work in close cooperation with the Polytechnic, providing the different projects for the students and supervising the students.
The DRFN has hosted students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the last five years. Normally two or three groups of four students join the DRFN to carry out focused projects contributing to on-going DRFN projects.
WPI students investigating the water and sanitation infrastructure in Tsumkwe (2010)
Selected studies made by WPI students at DRFN:
-Dragnich, P., Dungca, A.C., Pendleton, N.L. and Tracy, A.R. 2007. The Cuvelai-Etosha Basin Management Approach: assessing water resource management in the Iishana sub-basin
-Careau, N., Grey, M., Mezak, C, and Wall, P. 2008. Managing water and sanitation in urban areas in the Fish River Basin.
-Milechin, D., Sanguinet, W., Soderbom, L. and Terry, M. 2009. Investigation of income-generating opportunities from river reeds for Mariental, Namibia.
-Diemand, R., Geddes, G., Kalauskas, P. and Ridley, N., 2010. An assessment of water supply and sanitation in Tsumkwe, Namibia.