Parade Profile: Nasheeth Thoha (MSc International Development 2012)

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Nasheeth Thoha, programme director for the Maldives’ National Democratic Institute (NDI), bonded with Bath’s global community while studying for his master’s in International Development. We caught up with the former Postgraduate Association events manager about his experience of being an international student studying at the University of Bath.

Why did you choose to study at Bath?  

I chose the University of Bath because it felt like the perfect fit for me. The faculty members in International Development had an impressive body of research that I admired and wanted to learn from. This, combined with the University's strong commitment to academic excellence, outstanding facilities and the charming cultural experience of Bath, made it an easy decision for me.

Did you have a particular career in mind when you chose to study International Development? 

When I chose my course, I already had a specific career goal in mind. Prior to joining the University, I had been working in the NGO sector. My aim was to deepen my understanding of this field and to expand my career into international organisations. I saw my course as a crucial steppingstone to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in my chosen career path.

Can you tell us about your experience of studying here? Any favourite memories, or places to go on campus and in the city?

My experience at the University of Bath was fantastic. I loved being part of the Postgraduate Association as the event organiser, and I enjoyed the salsa and language classes on campus. Exploring the city, especially the historic centre and Roman Baths, was definitely a highlight.

Additionally, Bath offers a vibrant nightlife scene, with a variety of pubs, clubs, and entertainment options that made my university life even more memorable. Opa, the Greek restaurant and club, was my favourite place, and the Parade Bar on campus at the end of the week.

What was your experience as an international student (from the Republic of Maldives) studying in the UK? 

My experience as an international student in the UK was enriching. UK universities are known for their diverse student bodies, and I had the chance to learn not just from my course, but from my peers as well, who came from all corners of the world.

On my MSc International Development course, the global perspective was invaluable. My best advice for others is to keep an open mind and embrace the cultural exchange opportunities that studying in the UK offers.

Describe your career journey since graduating.

After graduating, I secured a position at the United Nations Office in my home country, the Republic of Maldives, shortly before submitting my dissertation. Since then, I've dedicated my career to working with international organisations, primarily focusing on areas such as good governance, climate change and sustainable development.

What is a typical day like in your current role?

Currently, I serve as the programme director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the Maldives. A typical day involves overseeing various programmes and initiatives aimed at promoting democracy and good governance in the Maldives. This includes collaborating with local partners, organising workshops and events and working closely with government officials and civil society groups to drive positive change.

How did your studies help you to develop?

My studies at Bath had a profound impact on both my professional and personal development. The guidance of dedicated lecturers and the diverse experiences shared by my fellow students played a pivotal role in shaping my career.

The knowledge and skills I gained during my studies were directly applicable to my work in international organisations, allowing me to make a meaningful contribution to my field.

What advice would you give to prospective students thinking about studying your course at Bath?  

My advice to prospective students considering studying my course at Bath is simple: seize the opportunity. My time at the University of Bath was an invaluable experience that I cherish to this day.

Beyond the coursework, the University creates a welcoming environment, boasts highly qualified lecturers and provides an experience that can truly shape your future career.

Embrace this journey, engage with your peers and professors, and make the most of every moment.

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