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William Sikazwe, Distance MA Learner, pays a visit

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William Sikazwe is studying at Kimmage DSC via our Flexible and Distance Learning MA option, but recently attended our classroom-based Results-Based Management MA module.

William works as a Provincial Aids Coordination Advisor with the National Aids Council – based in the Southern Province of Zambia. He started the Flexible and Distance Learning (FDL) MA course in October 2014, and is aiming to complete the course by October 2016. He chose Kimmage DSC because of its good reputation and its widespread recognition in Zambia, as well as a strong personal recommendation from a previous graduate of the full-time MA course (Kafula Chasanga, 2006). 

“In terms of Development Studies, you can’t go wrong with Kimmage DSC”.

Since starting the course, William feels that this has been borne out in practice. The flexibility of the course, both in terms of time and place, is a huge benefit for him, because he couldn’t afford the time and cost of doing the full-time course. Interacting with other students, including full-time students, on some of the course modules is great, because he gets a broader perspective on the subject.

William traveled to Dublin to attend one of the course modules, Results-Based Management, which is offered as a classroom-based 5-day course spread over a short 2-week period. This is like a residential school, and he was able to stay in on-campus accommodation for its duration, sharing with other full-time and part-time students. He thinks it would be great to have more of residential schools, perhaps closer to home.

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