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INTO alumnus lands a prize in the global summit

An INTO Newcastle graduate, Cristovao Mario Cacombe, along with four other Newcastle University students went to conquer the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) that took place in Washington, D.C., on July 17.

The team was highly commended winning an award for “the most social impact” after they presented an eco-friendly garbage collector that not only processes the plastic but also produces new material. 

The University team outlined a trunk that collects garbage around a city which then is turned into a material used to build roads.
They went to the US for five days to take part in the summit held by the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE).
The Aim of the 2017 GGCS was to inspire future professionals to address the most crucial and alarming issues facing humanity, from health care to artificial intelligence, from climate change to education of future engineers.Cristovao said:

'' I believe that education is more than just seating in the classroom. It is an experience of combining physical activities, mental and spiritual, so whatever opportunity I get - I take it.

“Participating in the Global Grand Challenges Summit gave me an opportunity to understand that even though there is so much, I still need to learn I can use my knowledge to help someone have a better life.

“Taking part in different activities gives me an ability to improve my understanding of human needs and then to be able to apply my engineering knowledge in real life situations. I do engineering to help people, so I learn how to relate to people out of the class room.”

Cristovao is currently an Electrical and Electronic Engineering student at Newcastle University, originally coming from Luanda, Angola.

Martin Thewlis, Cristovao’s English teacher at INTO Newcastle, said:

“I’m delighted but far from surprised that Cris has gone on to achieve this success in only his first year of university. I was always impressed by his attitude towards his studies, and was amazed at the range of activities and projects he was involved in outside of class.
“Cris was always tuned into the opportunities that were available to him while studying at INTO Newcastle University. He made Newcastle his home and his classroom, taking every opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and collaborate with others in order to bring ideas to life. Cris has an amazing future ahead of him, and I look forward to seeing where his talents and drive take him.”


Cristovao did  Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering  in 2015-2016 at INTO Newcastle, progressing to Newcastle University with an outstanding overall mark of 82%.

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