What made you decide to study at Swansea University?
I mainly chose Swansea University because it had a very unique program that is not anywhere else in the UK (MA Development and Human Rights). I also realized that Swansea is top-ranked for research excellence besides being in a small cultural city that is ambient for studies.
What did you like about your course?
The master’s in development and human rights curriculum for sure was remarkably well designed in a manner that it cuts across human rights and international development, equipping me with cutting edge skills to apply in the field.
The modules were taught in a manner that was very practical other than general abstract knowledge – for example in one of the modules, we were partly assessed by hypothetically providing a consultant-type evaluation of a certain humanitarian organization and producing a report as to whether their approach was consistent with human rights approach or not.
I really loved the independent reading setup that ran throughout the year enabling the students to do research on their own – that could be much – but truly beneficial.
What are your three favourite things about Swansea? *
Swansea has the state of art university facilities which make it attractive and enjoyable to study at besides the very friendly lecturers.
I also love the fact that there are a lot of beautiful places to visit along the coastline, besides the Swansea Beach
Were you a member of any student societies? Did you take advantage of any other opportunities?
I participated in the student-organised cycling events around Swansea which were led by the Swansea University Ride Leaders - it was an easy way to get to enjoy my hobby with others and get to know places, took part in the Swansea travel shop tours for students and I was a member of the history society and the Christian union.
What do you have planned in the next 12 months?
After returning home, I will in the first place be looking for what opportunities I can find for work – at the same time, I will be trying to develop a company portfolio as I want to be consulting in the future. The time will, therefore, be spent working, broadening the networks, looking for partners for a future establishment.
What do you hope to have achieved in the next five years?
In five years’ time, having already gained some work experience in the human rights sector, I will hope to have established myself (together with other like-minded individuals) as a consultant, overseeing provision of expert advice to the non-profit sector in mainstreaming their development approaches with rights approach, evaluations and designing implementation frameworks. At the same time, I would be happy to be leading major international development programs.
What advice would you give to anyone considering studying at Swansea?
Swansea is, without doubt, a great university, ambitiously growing and with a very supportive community of both teaching and non-teaching staff. The wealth of materials in the library and electronic sources, serene location and the facilities add up to make studying at Swansea unforgettable.