More about Grace
What made you choose to study your postgraduate degree at NTU?
“I was particularly interested in expanding my knowledge in property financing, a subject area that piqued my interest during my two-year work experience as an assistant quantity surveyor. I was looking to pursue my studies in the UK. When doing my online research, I discovered that NTU offered the course and even expanded into investment, basing it on international markets. I was further attracted by the fact that the course is RICS accredited, it includes an international field trip, and the high employment rate of NTU students.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“They have been very supportive all throughout the course, whether it was help on a topic I didn’t understand, or assistance on developing my critical thinking skills. There is also the advantage of having one-to-one learning experiences, as postgraduate classes have fewer students.”
What do you think about the facilities available to you?
“Boots library is fully equipped with all the resources needed to excel, and can be accessed 24-hours during term-time. Alternatively, the online library was particularly helpful in supporting my studying when I was away from Nottingham. There’s also the Global Lounge, a place to connect with other international students and share different experiences. In addition, the highly dedicated employability team helps you with your CV, applications, and interview preparation.”
As an international student, what do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“The multicultural and friendly environment made it easy for me to settle in, and I was introduced to new friends from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. NTU also organised a meeting for East Africans students during my second month here where I got to meet fellow East Africans, making Nottingham feel like a home away from home.”
Can you tell us about your Masters project?
“My dissertation was a study of initiatives for the development and management of green buildings in Kenya. It aimed to develop and promote a Kenyan conceptual framework for sustainable development in the building sector, through the development and management of green buildings. It assessed the awareness of construction and property professionals on the green building concept, and identified and ranked drivers and barriers influencing the adoption of green buildings.”
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study MSc International Real Estate Investment and Finance?
“NTU has an amazing studying environment. The course is suited for someone looking for a mix of theory and practice. It incorporates interactive seminars structured around current and emerging real estate topics, enabling development and sharing of ideas with colleagues.
“The international field trip gives you work-based industry experience of international markets. We visited Frankfurt in Germany where we had the opportunity to tour the Financial District and examine key buildings like Main Tower. We also had sessions at the Cushman & Wakefield and JLL offices, and even visited the European Central Bank! Lastly, group projects and presentations work towards enhancing your employability skills so that you are fully equipped and confident for the work place.”
What advantages do you think having a postgraduate qualification will give you in regards to employment after graduation?
“Having previously done quantity surveying, I’ll now have a financially holistic view of both construction and real estate matters, which will help me stand out in the competitive building industry. It also offers me a variety of career paths to choose from.”
How did you find out about the international postgraduate scholarship, and how did you feel when you won it?
“I received information of available scholarships from NTU. The application was very straightforward, and I was happy to receive £2,000 off my fees.”