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Public Governance Student Awarded International Scholarship

2013/06/13 10:46:18 AM

Public governance honours student Mr Khethukuphila Ngubane has secured a scholarship to attend the Strategy and Marketing for Emerging Countries: Brazil Economic Outlook, Business and Employment Opportunities Programme in Brazil next month.

Dr Thokazani Nzimakwe, Mr Khethukuphila Ngubane and Dr Fayth Ruffin.

The three-week certification programme - offered by the International Business School of Sao Paulo and the Universidade  Paulista - informs foreign students, investors and young professionals from all over the world  about the main characteristics of emerging countries and how to succeed in global marketing.

Ngubane, who was among those selected from more than 4 000 applicants for the scholarship, said he was grateful for the support he received from the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance  academics who have encouraged his academic and career development and assisted him with the application process.  Ngubane also expressed gratitude to the International Relations Office and the broader UKZN administration.

‘I was confident I had a chance to secure the scholarship but I needed help preparing my CV and my personal statement, so I approached lecturer Dr Fayth Ruffin who was only too happy to help.

‘Attending this programme gives me an opportunity to get international exposure and knowledge I can use when I do my Master’s next year. I hope to be an ambassador for UKZN and to make every one proud,’ said Ngubane.

Public Administration Lecturer Dr Thokazani Nzimakwe is currently giving Ngubane guidance on what awaits him in Brazil.

‘It is very important for him to know what to expect and have academic guidelines to refer to as this is his first overseas venture,’ said Nzimakwe.

Ruffin said it was important for academics to nurture and support students as this made them more confident about their academic potential.

‘When students are nurtured they push beyond their borders because they believe in themselves and also get an understanding of how the world works. It also shows them that every goal they have is only a decision away. We are very excited for Khethukuphila and hope that he will serve as an inspiration to other students to seize these wonderful opportunities,’ said Ruffin.

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