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Joseph Amooti Kasozi (MSc Grassland Science 1984)

Biography

I am current a Deputy Principal at a Teacher's College in Botswana

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

Reading was the University that enabled me to go into Agriculture (Animal Science and Production) after my first degree in Science. This gave me the opportunity to pursue a lecturing career in Range Ecology and Ruminant Production. As a result of this I was able to join the United Nations Volunteer program to teach agriculture in Botswana, where I have now settled.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The Lecturers were wonderful. Dr. Emyr Owen the course leader, was particularly helpful. The Animal Science class of '83-84 was dynamic. The curriculum was flexible and varied. The Grassland Research Institute experience was an eye opener. The trips for British Society for Animal Production in Scotland and Scarborough allowed us to mingle with academics from all over the UK. Reading was a welcoming city for foreign students.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

If you want flexibility and value for money education, join the University of Reading.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am a vice principal of a teachers college in Botswana. After Reading I was recruited as a United Nations Volunteer to teach Agriculture in Botswana. I taught at a secondary school for four years and later joined a new college of education to lecture in Agriculture. I have now advanced my profile with post graduate studies in tertiary education with the University of South Africa. I graduated with an M Ed in 2009. I am current pursuing PhD studies in Teacher Education with the University of Fort Hare in South Africa.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Follow your dreams but be flexible and patient. There are many routes to your final destination. For some it is straight forward but for others one may have to be more patient.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

To a large extent my studies at Reading open up new career opportunities that would previously not be possible.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Be proud and hold your heads high, You are graduating from a great university

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The staff and the students were wonderful, and facilities were world class.

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