- Course: MA Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations
- Year of graduation: 2017
- Nationality: Indonesian
- Job title: Director and Principal Consultant
- Company: Kiroyan Partners
How did you hear about Leeds University Business School and why did you choose to study here?
I first heard about Leeds University Business School through a course finder website, looking for a course related to corporate communications. I then looked for more information on the Leeds University Business School website and from third party information such as world rankings. I was quite impressed with this institution and got the impression that it is a very modern and professional organisation. I chose to study here after reading about the course and modules that I was looking for.
What are the best things about your studies here – what are you enjoying the most?
I really enjoy all the facilities provided to support my studies: study spaces, group rooms, global lounges, libraries, software and other forms of assistance like skills@library. I feel that all of the facilities are a result of careful listening to student needs and years of continuous improvements.
Tell us about your scholarship. Why did you decide to apply for it, and how did you feel when you found out you’d received it?
The Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, is a well-known and prestigious scholarship. At the time, after 8 years working professionally, I felt the need to step back and study again. I was thinking that it might be about the right time for me to enhance and sharpen my knowledge. So when a friend posted about Chevening applications, I decided to try and apply. I was really excited to be given the opportunity to study in one of the best universities in the UK and felt grateful to join the global Chevening scholarship network.
How do you think the experience and skills you are getting at the Business School will help you in your future career?
I will continue to work in the consulting firm where I have worked previously, to apply the new knowledge and skills I have learned. I believe that my time at Leeds University Business School has enabled me to improve my business acumen as well as gain a more practical understanding of sustainability and governance issues. More generally, I hope to contribute to a more sustainable development in my country and also play my part in strengthening relationships between Indonesia and the UK.
What has been your experience of being a student in Leeds?
Overall, I had a great experience. The facilities are world-class. The teaching staff are very international and have great expertise. They really know what they are talking about and most of them are recognised researchers in their fields. They are also very friendly, helpful and open to help students. I find it amazing that they are this friendly, humble and down-to-earth.
I love the fact that I have very international peers. It is such an enriching experience to get to know them, study and work with them, but also go out and have fun with them. I believe this is an essential aspect of our learning here at Leeds University Business School.
I also love the city of Leeds. It is very dynamic and something is always going on. As this is one of the largest cities in the region, you can find everything that you need here. But it is also not too crowded and has a peaceful, relaxed feel to it. The location of the University is also perfect right in the middle of the city. I cannot imagine a better city to study in.