Chevening Scholars – Hadiza Santali Sa’eed from Nigeria

Chevening Scholars – Hadiza Santali Sa’eed from Nigeria

September 21, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


[Music] My name is Hadiza Santali Sa’eed. I’m from Nigeria and I’m doing an MA in International Law, Security, and Terrorism. The Chevening Scholarship was established, I believe, in 1983, by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It’s a very prestigious scholarship. The
idea is to get people networking. They try to pick people they believe will be future
leaders and thinkers, and people that are willing to go that extra mile to see that
the world is a better place, one country at a time. I have done most of my studying at home in
Nigeria, and I’ve had a great education. I’ve had good experiences there. But to
be able to be part of a more global university, and to blend that with a Nigerian perspective,
I think is a very invaluable experience. Currently I work with the National Judicial
Institute in Nigeria, that’s in Abuja. It’s basically the intellectual arm of the judiciary
and we do capacity for judges and court staff nationally. I’ve worked there for a few
years and I’m hoping this will give me an edge when promotions happen and other opportunities turn up. So I believe it will be extremely useful. I chose Nottingham, number one, because they
had the kind of course that I wanted. It was inter-disciplinary. It was a cross between
Law, Politics, and International Relations, which was great. And, again, for sentimental
reasons. My late-father did come to The University of Nottingham in 1971, he’s an alumni. So
yeah, that kind of clinched it, and I’m hoping that it’s a generational tradition
that will continue in the future as well, for my family. The University of Nottingham prides itself
on being a global university and when you come here you realise that is true. I’ve
made friends here from countries that I’d never even heard of, that I probably never
would have met if I hadn’t come to The University of Nottingham. I’ve been so fortunate. I’ve learnt from
some of the world’s best. There’s some tutors… I’ve read their books before,
and getting to meet them one-on-one was brilliant. You have a blend of old expertise and new
knowledge coming in from both faculties. It kind of describes The University of Nottingham
to a T, a blend of the old and the new, which was lovely to benefit from. The International Office has been… my experience
has been fantastic, very responsive. They’ve been there, they’ve organised programmes,
as well, for us international students, and kept us informed. Chevening has had some courses
and some programmes which I have been able to benefit from, which was great. So there
have been opportunities to travel out of Nottingham, which has been good. It’s been lovely. I believe in education and travelling, and
if you’re able to experience education in another country, which is quite different
from yours, it can only be good for you. It can only improve you and it can only help
you develop – new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of conceptualising. So, for me
especially, that has certainly been a major advantage. Being able to go back to Nigeria
with a new, and hopefully better, way of doing things and thinking, analysing things. I think
that’s just great all around.