Combining international experience with local knowledge

University of London graduate Komal Shakeel tells Suraya Saleh about how she feels well-placed to aid the development of Pakistan
Komal Shakeel
Komal Shakeel's international education has taken her from Pakistan to the UK to China
I would definitely recommend the University of London International Programmes to anyone who wants a cost efficient, internationally recognised, quality education in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world

Komal Shakeel’s University of London degree has opened doors to postgraduate study around the world and is providing the foundation for a career in international development organisations.

Komal studied for her degree with the University of London International Programmes in Pakistan and graduated with a First Class BSc Accounting and Finance in 2011. Inspired by her volunteer work with NGOs following the floods, Komal applied for a Masters in Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. To her delight, she was awarded a scholarship to cover her tuition and living expenses.

Komal said: “LSE was the College that directed my undergrad with the University of London, so to be able to do my Masters there was a dream come true.”

She credited her studies with the University of London International Programmes with equipping her with the intellectual and practical skills needed to succeed at LSE, as well as at her part-time job as a research analyst in London.

“I developed the skills needed to work independently and this is highly valued by employers and useful in your regular life.”

She said: “Studying an international degree, I developed the skills needed to work independently and this is highly valued by employers and useful in your regular life.”

Komal, who achieved a First Class degree, added: “The sense of achievement you have when you reach your goals and are able to solve problems and pass papers on your own is a great boost to your self-esteem and shows you that anything is possible.”

She completed her studies at LSE this year and is now off to China to take up a scholarship to do a Masters in Finance at the prestigious Peking University.

“During my undergrad, I religiously followed the stock markets and financial news and fell in love with China. China is the rising star of the next era and I want to learn from the best there.”

Following her studies in China, Komal plans to return to Pakistan where she hopes to work for the Asian Development Bank or another international organisation. She believes her unique skillset will enable her to improve people’s welfare through effective policy and protection.

“Very few people have expertise in development and finance – NGOs in Pakistan are really lacking in this area. I hope to combine my knowledge in these fields with my international experience and local knowledge to work for international organisations and bring some reform and development to Pakistan.”

And her final words on the University of London International Programmes?

“I would definitely recommend the University of London International Programmes to anyone who wants a cost efficient, internationally recognised, quality education in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world.”

Find out more about studying for a University of London degree in Pakistan.