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This is a collection of former students’ retrospectives about their study experiences. These are personal accounts and should not be seen as objective assessments of any given course. Nonetheless, they aim to be informative and provide an “insider view”. Anyone is welcome to contribute their account and should read the guidelines here. Please note that the views expressed are solely those of their authors, and in no way necessarily reflect the views of the editorial team.
Graduate Diploma in Governance and Development Management at the University of Birmingham
Written by Teboho Mokela, Maseru, Lesotho   

Teboho-Mokela.jpgI worked in the Lesotho Civil Service for eight years before I decided to undertake continuing professional development. At the beginning of 2004 I was invited for a scholarship interview, and was short-listed for a Chevening Scholarship by the British Council, which eventually placed me at the University of Birmingham. In September 2004, I left home to study in the United Kingdom. At the time, I did not know much about Birmingham or its university. I felt excited to explore this new city.

On arrival at the University I never looked back. The School of Public Policy conducted a splendid orientation for us as new students. Admittedly, the twelve-month course was intensive. I joined as a student of the Graduate Diploma in Governance and Development Management. However, I attended lectures with Masters-level students and the Course Director told me that I would be allowed to transfer to Masters level if I attained over 50% in all modules. I worked hard, and with the help of my tutor, lecturers and colleagues I managed it. I eventually left the UK with a Masters degree, which I had passed with merit. This was a great achievement on my part and I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to all who had a hand in my success.


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Returning home with a higher qualification from one of the renowned universities in the UK, new doors of opportunity have been opened for me. I have been appointed as a Board member in the Lesotho Telecommunications Authority and, more importantly, I have just been promoted to the level of Director of Information in the Cabinet Office, a position with challenges, more responsibility and adventure. However, I am not scared because my education at the School of Public Policy of the University of Birmingham has given me greater independence, self-confidence and a more global outlook in all my endeavors. My knowledge from the University of Birmingham will be indispensable. The UK experience and memories have been wonderful and shall forever be cherished in my heart.

Teboho Mokela
Prime Minister’s Office
Maseru, Lesotho

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