Best Performing Students Receive Awards at the National University of Lesotho

Pictured (L-R): Prof. Mosotho George (Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology); Ms. Palesa Nkaile; Mrs Liteboho Maqalika-Lerotholi (University Registrar); Ms. Luisa Hoiss; Prof. Moeketsi Mpholo (Energy Research Centre Administrator)

18 Jan 2022 – The National University of Lesotho recently held an Award Ceremony to recognise the top performing students in the second cohort of their MSc. in Sustainable Energy programme – the second year that the programme has run following its redevelopment, which was supported by the TEA-LP.

The students recognised were Ms Palesa Nkaile, for coming top of the Wind Energy course, and Ms Luisa Hoiss, for the Energy Planning and Policy course. Their stories are shared below.

Palesa Nkaile

This award is a great honour. I take it to be more of motivation than a reward because this is only the beginning. If I could make it under the given pressure and financial constraints, definitely with the help and support of my colleagues, then I believe I can achieve a lot more. This journey has challenged me to the core, and this kind of opportunities make you realize just how worthy your dedication and sacrifices have been. I cannot thank the ERC and TEA enough for this wonderful gift. The money is going to add a lot of value to my academics, and my means of livelihood in general.

Louisa Hoiss

“I am an exchange student from Austria and studied “Sustainable Energies” for one semester at NUL. I felt so welcomed on campus and was warmly included into the class community. Through mutual support, we all persevered and got through the semester successfully. I was humbled by the good team spirit despite the competition for the award for best student performer in two of our courses. I am honoured to have been given this award, especially since it is the first award in my entire student career. I am very proud of this achievement and will hold this certificate as a reminder that hard work does not go unnoticed!”