Salma Popalzai

Salma Popalzai from Afghanistan discusses her experience of studying the Master of Public Administration (MPA) MA at London Met, made possible by her Chevening Scholarship

What did receiving this scholarship mean to you?

The Chevening Scholarship allows me to receive education at a school that prioritises me as a student. It combines an excellent education, supportive staff (from the Vice Chancellor to my professors and other staff) and sophisticated resources. Receiving so much support and guidance from my professors gives me more energy to maintain a high personal standard of success.

Through studying at London Met, I have been introduced to some amazing people from whom I've learned so much; I will take some unforgettable memories of them back home. Thank you London Met!

I am both honoured and humbled to receive the Chevening Scholarship and pleased to represent my country on the MPA course at London Metropolitan University. I am privileged to be studying in London, probably the best city in the world, where the exposure to diverse cultures enhances a student’s personal and professional development. Being a Chevening scholar has been such an amazing experience which has boosted my confidence to realise that I can also stand among the other emerging leaders. 

What do you like best about your course?

My choice of course was part of my career plan, therefore, I felt more engaged and committed towards it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I did not expect to receive so much feedback and support from my professors in terms of my class participation and assignments. Also, the class discussions provided a great platform to learn about the opinions and experience of a diverse cluster of students. These discussions provided the opportunity to express myself and share my experience on different themes, particularly those associated with Afghanistan. 

What are your career plans once you complete your course?

I believe that in many ways, my master's experience has equipped me with the knowledge and skills that will help me in whatever path I choose, from joining a promising career in the administrative reform of the public sector to contributing to civil society in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is in great need of women’s participation in different spheres and, therefore, I feel I owe a great debt to my country. I am committed to serve my country to the best of my capacity. I would like to pursue a PhD in Public Administration if lucky enough to get a scholarship. There are a limited number of PhD holders and so I might be the first female PhD holder from Afghanistan in this field.

Female student Salma Popalzai looks intensely at the camera