Studying abroad is a dream for most students and Angeline Dludla, a member of the CSIR's wireless networks research group, is not an exception. When she was offered a study opportunity at KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea, she jumped at the opportunity. KAIST is one of the nation's most prestigious science and technology institutions.
Dludla is currently on a studentship at the CSIR Meraka Institute, where she works under Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa who heads the wireless networking and media competency area. Dludla acknowledges Dr Ntlatlapa's role in encouraging her to grasp this opportunity, "He helped me to take the plunge!" All interviews with KIAST counterparts were conducted telephonically and once Dludla heard that she had been accepted, she was able to start planning her two-year stint from home.
She leaves for Daejeon on 24 August 2010 where she will join fellow CSIR employee Mncedisi Bembe who is currently busy with his PhD studies. Dludla will enrol for a Master's in engineering, which she hopes to complete within two years. "My studies will be covered by KIAST," she explains.
Dludla speaks with animation about the adventure that lies ahead but admits it might be hard to be far from home for a long time. "I'll call my family at least once a week and perhaps I'll get to visit home maybe twice during my years of studying in Korea!"
The CSIR wishes her well for her studies abroad.