Manyando Perpetua Matale

Manyando

Perpetua Matale

Zambia
I like Nottingham because it’s big enough to have that city vibe, but small enough also to be a starting point for an international student venturing out on their own for the first time.

More about Manyando

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Manyando. I am pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering Management. I came to NTU in September 2018. I am an engineer and a mum to 2 little people.

Why did you choose to study at Nottingham Trent University?

I loved the content of the course. My background is in telecommunications engineering and I have close to 10 years’ experience under my belt. My role at work started to evolve and I realised the knowledge gap I had in terms of “soft skills” and other skills to help me grow as an upcoming leader in business. I also saw that the mix of courses in the program was interesting, progressive and fit right into the direction of the content I needed to learn.

How did you feel about coming to a UK university?

I had been to the UK to visit before and appreciated the standard of education the UK is known for. The choice was clear for me when I decided to pursue postgraduate studies.

Tell us about your course. What is the best bit?

I am doing an MSc in Engineering Management. It has allowed me to appreciate concepts that are relevant to a global business leader in the engineering context (concepts like globalisation, project management, entrepreneurship and product development). The various module leaders have been very supportive and provide feedback when required for assessments and such.

Would you recommend your course to other students?

Definitely!

Tell us about your accommodation while at NTU. How have you found it? Best things?

I was offered on campus accommodation which I did not take up as I felt it was not for me. I have lived off-campus literally across the road from uni. It has given me the privacy I wanted of being able to live in my own flat while being able to live in close proximity to my campus.

What do you think are the best things about Nottingham for an international student?

Nottingham is very much a student town so there is no feeling of sticking out like a sore thumb! Not forgetting the student discounts you are able to get in the most random of places! I like Nottingham because it’s big enough to have that city vibe, but small enough also to be a starting point for an international student venturing out on their own for the first time.

Have you learnt anything from your experiences that you would advise future international students?

Take advantage of the support systems availed to you in every area, be it international office for support during the application process, academic support from tutors and course leaders, writing support from library, support from the wellbeing-centre etc. Also step outside the box and be social. I have had some very worthwhile and interesting conversations in the Wellbeing room, some of which have culminated into friendships!

Can you describe NTU in three words?

Straightforward, Worthwhile, Home!

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