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A new portrait series about Danida-supported students and researchers in Denmark


Every year, hundreds of students and researchers make their way to Denmark to study. They are supported by Denmark’s development cooperation Danida. What

they all have in common is that they thrive to improve their home country through their research.

The Danish article and podcast series “Det lærte jeg I Danmark” (what I learned in Denmark) puts a face on development aid by introducing you to a handful of students and researches who have passed by Denmark in order to learn something they can take back home.

It is produced by Jeppe Vestergaard Nielsen and Camilla Qvistgaard Madsen in collaboration with Globalnyt.dk.

Here are the five people you will meet in the series:

Gildas Hounmanou from Benin
Study: Ph.d. on cholera at the largest African lakes at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen from 2017 – 2019.

Today: Poctdoc at the University of Copenhagen, where Gildas continues to research the cholera bacterium’s path from environment to humans.


Peter Okwoko from Uganda
Study: Master of Innovative Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University in Copenhagen from 2015-2017.

Today: Founder of several sustainable companies in Uganda, including a recycling system for used plastic bottles.


Shanta Deb from Bangladesh
Study: Master of Security and Risk Management at Aalborg University in Esbjerg from 2018-2020.

Today: Back in the job as a security inspector in Bangladesh, where Shanta uses her master’s degree to take control of risks when inspecting factories.


Nabin Joshi from Nepal
Study: Master of Disaster Management (Master of Disaster Management) at the University of Copenhagen from 2015-2017.

Today: Since Nabin returned to Nepal, he has worked as an engineer rebuilding houses in one of the most devastated areas since the 2015 earthquake.

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