Thursday, May 17, 2012

Whitworth alum to pursue graduate studies in international development at Oxford

After being accepted into four esteemed graduate schools in Great Britain, Whitworth alumnus Adrian Kitimbo, '12, has decided to attend the University of Oxford this fall, where he will conduct graduate work on international development and conflicts.

Kitimbo, who is from Uganda and studied at Whitworth as an international student, was also accepted to three other renowned universities in the United Kingdom: the London School of Economics, King's College, and University College. He says in the long-term he would like to either work for a development organization or to work directly within the Ugandan government as an expert on development and humanitarian emergencies, especially those resulting from civil conflicts.

"I am very passionate about engaging humanitarian problems in regions embroiled in civil conflicts, and helping to properly manage development in poor countries such as Uganda," Kitimbo says.

Kitimbo first heard about Whitworth through a friend who was an alumna. She told him how much she appreciated the school community and the professors in the political science department. After talking with professors and students, and being impressed with the content and structure of the international studies program, Kitimbo decided that Whitworth was where he belonged.

"I had a wonderful time at Whitworth," says Kitimbo, who graduated last January with a degree in international studies with an emphasis in political science. "The school's community was very friendly and supportive. I also felt like Whitworth was a very intellectually stimulating environment, where all sorts of discussions could be held."

Kitimbo credits Professor of Political Science John Yoder as the professor who most influenced him during his time at Whitworth.

"John's passion for resolving conflicts and his interest in developing countries were very much in line with my academic and career goals," he says. "John is also a mentor who always tries to be available for his students. His classes taught me to think independently and to believe in my work."

Kitimbo says Whitworth prepared him well to engage the world outside the university, and was a great place to grow intellectually and make great friends. He encourages students to apply themselves academically, to get to know their professors, to make friends, and to simply enjoy the close-knit community.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.