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The success of our London Ambassadors

The London Ambassador scheme, organised by a group of London universities (London Universities International Partnership), has been running for two years now, giving international students an opportunity to experience London through a variety of events and sharing their experience with others who are thinking of coming to London.

Adil Hossain and Zafar Khurshid are two former London Ambassadors who graduated in 2013. We ask them to reflect on their time in London and to tell us more about what they have been doing since graduating from university in London.

Adil Hossain, MA Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London

adil-luip-ambassador“Being a London Ambassador was extremely enriching and quite adventurous. As an ambassador, I was exposed to the most exciting things about London, especially its history and multicultural character which make it stand apart from other cities in the world.

“The scheme helped me on many accounts. It made me more hooked to history, art and the cityscape. Since leaving the London Ambassador scheme, I have worked as a political journalist covering the Indian elections for a national newspaper in India. I have also been busy applying for a PhD at Oxbridge and at the LSE. I have now received an admission offer and full scholarship from Merton College to pursue my D.Phil International Development at University of Oxford from October 2014.

“I would and I often do recommend studying in London to many students here in India. To study in London is to see the world in numerous other ways which is not possible elsewhere. Apart from excellent educational facilities, living in London gives a person a wholesome experience of being a student where the world outside of the classroom is as important as the lectures and seminars inside.”

Zafar Khurshid, Master of Law (LL.M) at Queen Mary University of London

zafar-luip-ambassador“I believe that I got some interesting stories, met many wonderful people and was given many chances to challenge myself to try something new – for all of which I am very grateful. After graduating from the LL.M Program at QMUL I took some time to travel around Europe, following this I came back home to India. I have taken up a number of personal projects and some legal consulting work.

“While at QMUL I received a Distinction on each of my 4 Modules, which included a Dissertation in the area of Intellectual Property Law. Based on these grades I applied to, and was accepted by, Oxford University, where I shall be pursuing a second Master’s Degree from September 2014.

“I would recommend studying in London to others. It is a wonderful city, full of so many things to see and experience. I feel inspired by the spirit of entrepreneurship and professionalism that many of London’s industry sectors show. In Intellectual Property Law, which is the area of law I have chosen to specialize in, London provides such ample opportunity for unparalleled academic discourse, as well as opportunities to network with professional from across the globe.”

You can find out more about the London Ambassador Scheme here. If you are an international student at one of the participating universities, contact the international office for more information.

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