Abdirashid M. Ahmed

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

I chose Brookes because of the course and repetition of CENDEP as a leading centre in emergency and development programming. It was the best fit for my knowledge gap and career aspiration.

What do/ did you think of the course while studying here?

The course was great and provided a real theoretical and practical experience. It was stimulating, well structured and I really enjoyed it.

How did your scholarship or bursary enhance your experience of the course?

Without support from the Brookes African Scholarship Scheme (BASS) I could not have managed to undertake the course and to successfully complete it. It gave me the peace of mind to concentrate on my studies.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

There is an excellent academic support system, from the library services, academic lecturers and fellow students. One point worth stressing, and central to my student experience, were the academic staff. There were no barriers that separated lecturers from students, and I was humbled to see this, in contrast to my undergraduate experience back in Nairobi, Kenya.

What advice do you have for others?

Oxford is a great academic and historic city try to explore. I was so lucky to be here to gain access to academic events and forums. There is always something interesting happening here.

What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

The course was relevant to my career plans. I am planning to further my career in humanitarian work. I have a strong passion for teaching and the course was appropriate for a future part-time teaching role at a local college or university back home.

Abdirashid Ahmed

Abdirashid studied MA in Development and Emergency Practice with the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) in the School of Architecture

Without support from the Brookes African Scholarship Scheme (BASS) I could not have managed to undertake the course and to successfully complete it. It gave me the peace of mind to concentrate on my studies.