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South African alumnus looks back at his UCLan journey

A South African alumnus has shared his story of his time at University, as he waves his son off to follow in his footsteps to study at the University of Central Lancashire.

Makhubalo Ndaba says that UCLan gave him a life he “never could have imagined” and that he is immensely proud to be able to send his own son Ntsika to Preston to study. The father of three, from Eastern Cape, South Africa, joined UCLan in 2000 to complete a scholarship-funded master’s programme in Employment Law.

Graduating the following year, he was able to use his developed knowledge, skill set and confidence to take on a new job as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee for the largest Asset Management Company in Africa, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).

He has also been able to make the most of international professional opportunities, sitting on an array of boards and committees in South Africa and overseas.

He remains immensely proud of being a UCLan alumnus and is a real advocate of how higher education can transform lives. In 2017, he returned to campus for UCLan’s African Week and he says it is here that his love for the University was cemented even further.

He said: “I couldn’t believe the friendship that I got from my flat and my class. Everyone was so friendly.

“If I hadn’t come to Preston, I would still be in the position I was in in 1999 as a Deputy Director. UCLan taught me to integrate with people from different countries and taught me more about the world – I’m so grateful. It gave me a life that I never could have imagined.”

"I couldn’t believe the friendship that I got from my flat and my class. Everyone was so friendly."

Makhubalo Ndaba, Employment Law graduate

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Makhubalo’s son Ntsika has recently started at UCLan on the BA (Hons) Business and Management course and both father and son cannot wait to see how Ntsika develops both personally and professionally.

Ntsika matriculated from the prestigious Kearsney College, ranked the seventh-best boarding school in South Africa, and is excited to see where his UCLan degree will take him. He said: “I am very ecstatic, even though it’s so far from home and I’ve had to leave my family and friends, it is something I need in order for my growth and success. I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue my studies overseas and I can’t wait for what life has to offer.”

Makhubalo added: “My son can’t wait and some of his friends are already in the UK. For me, this wouldn’t have been an option, so it’s amazing that he has this opportunity. I am confident UCLan will mould him.

“Coming from a country with a history of social discord and moving to somewhere filled with love and compassion makes you look at the world in a different way.”