Ecuador is a representative democratic republic located in the northwestern region of South America. It is bordered on the north by Colombia, on the east and south by Peru, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Interestingly, Ecuador is one of only two countries in South America that is not bordered by Brazil. Ecuador has an area of 283,560 square kilometers and a population of 16.1 million. Its capital city, Quito, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 in honor of its rich cultural heritage.
Algeria is a sovereign state in North Africa located on the Mediterranean coast. It is the tenth-largest country in the world, with an area of 2.38 million square kilometers, and is the largest country in Africa. Its population is ranked 33rd in the world with 40.4 million citizens recorded in a 2016 estimate. Algeria is a semi-presidential republic, comprised of 48 provinces and 1,541 counties, and is bordered by Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and the Mediterranean Sea. The countryâs name derives from its capital city, Algiers, which in turn derives from an Arabic word shortened from a phrase meaning âIslands of the Mazghanna Tribe.â
Known officially as the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan is a country located in Central Asia comprised of twelve provinces, one autonomous republic, and a capital city (Tashkent).
Uzbekistan has a population of 32.1 million and an area of 448,978 square kilometers, making it Central Asiaâs most populous country. Surprisingly, Uzbekistan has a rather young population. People younger than 14 account for about 34.1% of its total population. Uzbekistan is one of only two countries that are doubly landlocked, meaning itâs landlocked by countries that are also landlocked. The other country is Liechtenstein.
Officially known as The Republic of Costa Rica, Costa Rica is a country in Central America whose name literally translates to ârich coastâ from Spanish. Costa Rica is south of Nicaragua, northwest of Panama, and bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to the west and east respectively. There are two main cultures in Costa Rica divided by their locations: the Ticos (Costa Ricans) are typically located on the coast near the Pacific Ocean whereas the individuals living in LimÃ³n, on the Caribbean coast, are English-speaking and live in Afro-Costa Rican communities. Costa Rica has a total area of 51,100 square kilometers and a population of 4.59 million. Costa Rica also comprises of several islands, with the two major ones being the Cocos Island and Isla Calero.
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe and a sovereign state. It is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 square kilometres and a population of 5.75 million. The country consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand and Funen.
Can you briefly introduce yourself?
I am a graduate student from the western part of India, and I moved to the US in January 2017. I am here as a Mechanical Engineer, and I will stay here for another two years at least. Before coming to the US, I worked as a mechanical design engineer for a German company back home for a year and a half.
What made you want to come to Duke?
Because I couldnât get into MIT or Stanford! Well, Duke has one of the top ten best Mechanical Engineering schools in the world.
The Bahamas is an archipelagic state within the Lucayan Archipelago. It consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean and is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of the US state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence.
New Zealand is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmassesâthe North Island, or Te Ika-a-MÄui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamuâand around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa which is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.
Uganda is known for its diverse landscape which encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
We begin this week by celebrating Bangladesh's independence day!
Bangladesh is a South Asian country to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal; marked by lush greenery and many waterways. Its Padma (Ganges), Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile plains, and travel by boat is common. On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with Eastern India, is home to the royal Bengal tiger.