CLASS OF 2016: Studying overseas at DMU helps master's graduate from UAE find job easily

A student from United Arab Emirates (UAE) will become one of the first De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduates who progressed from the university’s dedicated international pathway college.

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Fatma Al Bastaki is graduating with a Project Management MSc after successfully completing DMU’s Leicester International Pathway College (LIPC) course, International Incorporated Master’s (IIM).

LIPC opened in June 2014 helping to prepare international students for entry onto DMU degree programmes.

In the build up to her ceremony next week, she said: “I chose the master’s because I felt it suited me. I am really happy and proud that I was able to pass.”

She added: “I would highly recommend DMU, as my experience was great and they respect and help international students.”

Currently working as an Assistant Manager of Marketing, she said: “Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to find a job easily. Furthermore, the university reputation is especially good for business and law. 

“People in UAE appreciate studying abroad, because it is more than a degree. The experience of living abroad and to be independent gives you priority.” 


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When Fatma first arrived to begin the IIM at LIPC, she said about her tutors: “They are all nice, friendly and supportive and help when you ask questions. They motivate us to ask questions.”

She was excited to progress to her master’s study at DMU and when talking about studying overseas, she said: “The benefits of travelling to a different country to study are learning the language and learning from others’ ways of thinking.”
Around 94% of the 124 students who passed their LIPC courses since June 2014 joined DMU degree programmes.

Fatma chose a master’s at DMU after graduating from the university’s BA in Business and Management, while her husband was also in Leicester.
She said: “After I had a great experience at DMU, and they were supportive through my studies, I suggested that both my husband and I continue at DMU.”

Talking about the best part about studying at DMU, Fatma reflected that as a mother of two: “The flexibility was very helpful while I was doing my master’s degree. Also, the teachers at DMU make an effort to support the students.”
Thinking about taking her career forwards, Fatma said: “I am trying to implement my master’s degree within my current position. In the future, I want to be a project manager, and proceed in this area.”

Posted on Friday 22nd January 2016

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