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Name: Alisa Amupolo
Nationality: Namibian
Course and Year: MA International Communications

Tell us a little about yourself
I was born and raised in northern Namibia. In 2001 I settled in the capital city of Windhoek to pursue my studies and stayed there until 2007, when I left for Leeds to undertake my postgraduate studies.

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?
Factors that motivated my decision include the fact that Leeds forms part of the elite Russell group of research-intensive UK universities. Leeds has earned a good reputation in academic excellence and is internationally accredited. It has produced high performing graduates serving in key positions around the world including my former Prime Minister who is now a Minister of Trade. In addition, the Institute of Communications Studies also fell in the top 10 schools of communication in the UK and was one of the few offering International Communications.

How did you find out about scholarship funding at the University of Leeds?
Thorough the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships website which offers a wide range of scholarship to choose from within your respective academic programme and there were plenty to choose from of which many were partnering with Leeds university.  

What do you like about your School?
There is a high level of international representation enabling candidates to exchange experience and shape each other’s understandings of culture and diversity. MA in International Communications in particular offers an interdisciplinary approach to a wide range of specialized courses. The option courses  which are  practically the area of specialisation have so much to offer and  has contribution coming from economics, political science, international relations, sociology, law, among others. The School also offers an interactive approach through weekly seminars.

What do you like about Leeds?
Leeds has much more to offer than I expected, the city is filled with people from diverse background and different countries from every part of the world. And coming from a city of Windhoek which is a bit smaller, Leeds is definitely shopping heaven and the night life is superb

What do you think about the training and development opportunities at Leeds?
There is great potential at Leeds University. For instance my programme tackle hands down the challenges of the late 21st century and give depth analysis to the aspect of convergence and all sectors of ICTs from policies and development context,  as well as globalization and digital divide,  respectively making us one of the new  scholars in the field.

The programme is delivered and structured in a very interactive way. The training approach is effective and gives us an opportunity not only to hear, but to practically deliver.

 Furthermore candidates are engaged in study groups and participate in seminars on a weekly basis to share knowledge and to learn from each other in a most interactive manner. In addition to standard lectures and seminars, guest lecturers regularly give presentations on a range of issues relating to the programme.

How would you describe your experience of postgraduate study?
I strongly believe my study is doing justice to both my academic and personal development. The ability to develop my intellectual capacity as well as the flexibility that comes with it, It also teaches one how to allocate and manage time and applying self discipline.  Post graduate studies also bring an opportunity to meet students from other countries and learn new cultures.

What are your future plans?
I would like to maintain an advanced level of studies and practically gain international orientation in this much specialised field. I would like to remain focused on settings that directly shape regulatory frameworks and project interventions for developing countries in order to transfer my skills to as many developing countries as possible in the future. My career objectives include contributing to the development of information and communication infrastructures and services through innovative policies and strategies, as well as strengthening regulatory frameworks for developing nations and supporting the implementation of ICTs programmes and initiatives.
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