Zohra's student experience

Zohra from Pakistan talks about her life at Edinburgh Napier University.

Zohra Iftikar, MSc International Human Resource Management

“It’s great that almost all my fellow students are international students”

I’m writing my dissertation about a company I worked for in Pakistan, where my father also worked. When he was working there, there was no proper HR department but when I started, HR was flourishing so I thought it would be a good idea to look at how it changed. My programme leader really liked the idea and said I should go ahead with it - I’ve even interviewed my father for it as an ex-employee and employees who are there now. It’s an opportunity to compare approaches to HR in the West to those in the East.

“It’s great that almost all my fellow students are international students”

I was mentally prepared for the cultural shock of moving here and I had a fair idea that the educational system would be quite different so I coped well. It’s great that almost all my fellow students are international students. There are only 11 of us in the group and they are from countries like the Netherlands, Nigeria, Angola, Greece, and Poland.

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“I was stopping every step of the way to look at the scenery”

Some of my cousins have studied here so I knew the name Napier. The lecturers are very good and we’ve had interesting guest speakers including one who talked about criminal psychology and how criminals are inducted back into employment which was very interesting.

I’ve enjoyed every moment of studying here at Craiglockhart. I don’t have to wait for anything – all the books have been readily available and the library staff are very helpful as well. Edinburgh is nice. The first time I came here it took me 20 minutes to get from the bus stop to here as I was stopping every step of the way to look at the greenery and the scenery!

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