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Discover why Rupak decided to return to study MBA

As a returning UCLan student, Rupak previously studied MSc Network Computing and decided to return to develop his skills in business management.

When I first visited UCLan back in 2010 to study Business Administration with Professional Placement, I was surprised to see how huge it was. I was fascinated to see the lecture halls, the laboratories, the library, and other services the University offered like sports, gym, and language classes. The enrolment process was very straightforward, and I was delighted to have received help from the <i> team. On my very first day, I became sure that I made the right choice.

I found the library service provided by UCLan very helpful, similarly, the careers services provided by UCLan is praiseworthy. I am not sure if all students use this service, but I made the most out of it. From refining my CV and getting my job application reviewed to having a mock interview session, I benefitted it from all. As a result of this help, I was able to secure a placement opportunity successfully. I always wanted to join the gym, but I never did and instead I used the MyWellness app provided by the University, which helped me stay active and fit.

The most enjoyable part of my course was the interactive way of teaching and lectures, discussions, group activities and seminars help students engage and emerge out of their comfort zone and test our knowledge.

For me, the challenging part was the group debate assessment for Leading Managing and Developing People module which, in addition to requiring the knowledge of the subject area and the confidence of speaking, also demanded excellent time-management skill. To make it more challenging the session was filmed. Nonetheless, I was able to complete the assessment with good grades which has instilled more confidence in me.

The course provided a residential trip, which was an immense learning opportunity. I was able to unlock my strengths and weaknesses, and the self-reflection provided profound learning opportunity about myself and prepared me for future challenges. The tutors and professors are very supportive which enabled me to achieve great results. They are readily available to offer help either by face-to-face meetings or via digital means.. Additionally, the personal feedback I received helped me grow both personally and professionally.

I have found that the British education is focused more on activity-based learning. The assessments test the knowledge of the subject area and various group activities validate if students can apply their knowledge in dealing with real-world scenarios. Additionally, British education also encourages students to present their arguments against the existing works of literature, whereas in

Rupak Shrestha, MBA with professional placement
Rupak Shrestha, MBA with professional placement

As an international student, I was worried that COVID-19 would have a severe impact on my MBA course resulting in extended course duration. However, UCLan was very prompt in planning and implementing alternative ways of delivering lectures and conducting assessments. Therefore, with no disruptions, I completed the first year of my MBA programme during the first nationwide lockdown.

It was a unique experience for me, and I was impressed that UCLan effectively dealt with such an unprecedented situation. Additionally, I have great respect for UCLan for helping students academically, mentally, and financially during the pandemic.

My first impression of Preston was that it was a very calm and quiet city. Even the city centre was free from the hustle and bustle, making it more relaxed. I was assuming that I would have to rely on public transportation but was pleasantly surprised how the campus and the grocery stores are within minutes of walking distance.

I lived in a UCLan registered private accommodation which I found with the University’s help. Preston is a very safe student-friendly place to live. I usually go to nearby parks in my spare time. Walking along the river in the park and taking pictures as I walk in the city is something I have been doing lately. Also, there are quite a few pubs around the area I live, so I do go out with friends in some evenings.

Additionally, the train station is only about ten-minute walk from the University. Students can get discounts while travelling, which is helpful. Similarly, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés that serve diverse cuisines for dining-in or the city also has plenty of takeaways. I have always loved trying a variety of food options and am a big fan of Doner Kebabs.

I have visited Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Windermere, Coventry, London, Folkestone, and Bath. I am absolutely in love with these cities. They all have their uniqueness but also have that common English theme and there are a few other cities that I am planning to visit.