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Time and distance no barrier to Aisha

05 December 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Grandma overcomes an eight hour time difference and 10,000 kilometres to graduate

An eight hour time difference and a distance of 10,000 kilometres wasn’t enough to stop a grandma from Malaysia completing her Masters in Strategic Communication at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Dedicated PR professional Aisha Rashid, who lives in Kuala Lumpur, travelled to Preston once a semester for residential study whilst braving the eight hour time difference to participate in the online tutorials offered by the blended learning option.

She recalled: “Every week I was getting up in the middle of the night to join in tutorials, dressed in my pyjamas. I think my family thought I was slightly mad at first, but they were incredibly supportive, especially my husband.

“I would thoroughly recommend the course to others. Whilst it was hard work and required a lot of sacrifice; it was such an enriching, intellectually stimulating experience. I also can’t speak highly enough of the online resources and tutorials. The course was really well run and negated the physical distance I was from Preston.”

“Every week I was getting up in the middle of the night to join in tutorials, dressed in my pyjamas. I think my family thought I was slightly mad at first, but they were incredibly supportive, especially my husband.”

Aisha, who runs Kuala Lumpur-based PR consultancy Samanea PR in addition to lecturing part-time at a nearby university, had always wanted to gain a postgraduate qualification but had to wait until the time was right.

“I waited until my children had grown up so I could dedicate myself fully to study. As I took the part-time route I knew that it was going to require two years of disciplined, diligent study. I wanted to study at postgraduate level for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I wanted the validation of knowledge a Masters provides.

“However, for me, it’s about more than receiving a qualification. I firmly believe that one should never stop learning, enriching their mind and ultimately bettering themselves. I also hope to have made my family proud and provided them with an inspiration, especially my grandchildren,” added Aisha.

Following in Aisha’s cyberspace footsteps, her family in Malaysia got up in the middle of the night to watch the online streaming of the ceremony and see Aisha don her cap and gown.