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Hawa Abdulrahman, Switzerland (Kenyan)

'I was searching for a programme that would complement my previous studies and an institution that would give me the flexibility to study from anywhere'

We live in a globalised world; hence it is very important to understand the politics of other states. A Masters in International Relations will give me the necessary theory I need in order to understand the politics of states especially as they relate to each other.

My name is Hawa Abdulrahman. I come from Kenya and I am currently working as an Administrative and Communications Assistant for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Winner in Geneva. My role can be summarised as providing office services by implementing administrative systems, procedures, and policies, and monitoring administrative projects.

I have had the opportunity to work in development projects in Kenya including a school construction project as project assistant. This was an initiative by the Finnish Government in partnership with the Government of Kenya. I have also been involved in different campaigns including one on the fight against HIV/AIDS, another on environmental sanitation, one coaching young women on livelihoods and also one working with primary and high school students and their teachers on countering violent extremism. I have also been involved in some human rights work especially when I moved to Geneva. Currently I am working on a campaign to abolish nuclear weapons which is in the area of war and conflict as well as humanitarianism.

I hold a Bachelors qualifications in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as a Diploma in Development and Social Work. I was searching for a programme that would complement my previous studies and an institution that would give me the flexibility to study from anywhere. The fact that I was already working in Geneva during my application, I thought this programme would best fit my schedule as well as my career path. I chose this online programme because I wanted the flexibility to work and study at the same time.

We live in a globalised world; hence it is very important to understand the politics of other states. A Masters in International Relations will give me the necessary theory I need in order to understand the politics of states especially as they relate to each other. In addition, the programme has modules which cover a broader scope which will give me the flexibility to work in any field. Lastly, I reside in a city which hosts most of the international organisations, so this course will offer me the knowledge to understand the politics behind these organisations and how they operate.

The Political Economy of (Under-)Development is the module I enjoyed most so far. I come from a Third World country which has so many organisations working on issues to do with economic development and development as a whole. I have to say to date, it has been challenging to compete with other states economically because of our own state policies which are most of the time influenced by global policies. This module made me understand why we are lagging behind as a country and perhaps what we would need to change.

I really appreciate the group work. Of course, at times we have lots of readings to do, and I try to make sure I do all of them. I find studying with people from all over the world very exciting because everyone comes from a totally different career background with different experiences and it gives me a sense of belonging because we are very different people with almost one goal and at the same time going through the same experience.

So far, I have to say this is a very well organised Student Services team, they are very professional and it’s like they are there 24hrs to offer support.

This is a very great experience. It gave me the flexibility to study from any part of the world as long as I have internet access. But even without full access to internet all the time, the resources can all be downloaded prior and the different module notes can be downloaded into pdfs. I just have to plan myself well so that if I have to submit an assignment, I make sure I have internet access on that day.

The advice I would give people interested in studying International Relations, is to go for it and especially at NTU. It is affordable and the modules cover a broader scope. I checked out other universities before applying to NTU, but I felt that the scope of their modules was so narrow, I didn’t want to miss out on anything.

For anyone who wishes to advance their career or just gain more knowledge, they should go for virtual learning. From my experience I have to say, this is worth trying and the programme is an eye opener. You really get to understand why countries behave the way they do and all the politics behind it. You get to question what you see on the media or what you read. It just makes one more critical which is very necessary in order to bring solutions to this world.

This course is going to take me really far; I know I have lots of options to choose from and that the future is bright. So, I would definitely encourage aspiring students to take an Online Masters in International Relations in NTU.

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