I chose Royal Holloway, University of London, because the ICT for Development Centre is one of the world’s top 10 science and technology think tanks. My MSc program takes a global perspective on sustainable development and the role of ICTs but is also flexible enough for me to focus specifically on my interests and practical ways to apply the lessons when I return to Zambia.
Campus is absolutely beautiful, with a blend of historical buildings that are over 130 years’ old and modern buildings with top notch technology. Royal Holloway takes a distinctively practical approach to tackling challenges in my field. It has been especially exciting not only to be taught by experts in the field and authors of our textbooks, but to be able to openly disagree and to engage in constructive dialogue because critical thinking is greatly encouraged.
Aside from the academic work, I have enjoyed touring the picture gallery and cathedral to going on underground adventures into the tunnels that served as refuge during the World War. The university was one of the first women’s only higher education institutions in the UK, and many alumni were pioneering women who achieved firsts and paved the way for future generations. I have enjoyed participating in the Women Inspire campaign that highlights these women.