Jean-Paul Ntezimana

Questions and answers:

PG Certificate, Humanitarian Action and Conflict

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

I am a bachelor’s degree holder in journalism. I have studied at National University of Rwanda.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

In fact, I have been interested by this course because I work in the field of conflict transformation. I wanted to go deeper and understand more about what conflict is, to know more than what I knew before I took this course. It was also very important for me to understand conflict and humanitarian action. These are two terms which frequently go together and I wanted to learn more about their compatibility.

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

I think the course is more than I thought about it before. It provides knowledge in a practice-based way.

How did your scholarship (£1000 scholarship, Oxford Brookes University Alumni) enhance your experience of the course?

As a mid-level employee, I would not have been able to take this course if I had not received a partial scholarship. This support played a big role in my ability to take this course. Today, life is so expensive in Rwanda but I need knowledge and skills to continue my professional development and the quality of my work. So my scholarship has allowed me to win the two: life and knowledge.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

  • Learning by doing;
  • Effective communication from the leaders;
  • Effective assistance from lecturers;

What advice do you have for others?

Others have to be decisive, to communicate with leaders at Brookes and ask for information about how they may study full or part time.

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

For my organization, this is a capacity building. After this course, I will have a much deeper understanding of the field in which we work. I have been trained before but this course opens the range of the topics, and adds humanitarian issues. I am sure the course will help me to be more professional in conflict transformation.

Jean-Paul studied PG Certificate, Humanitarian Action and Conflict in the School of Architecture.