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Student Testimonials

Watch our student videos and read the testimonials from our PGCEi students to find out more about their experience of the course and how it has helped with their professional development.

Atupelekyala Mdeza - graduated 2019
Nairobi - East Africa cohort

Louise Thorpe - graduated 2016
Shanghai - China cohort


Malathy R Narayan - graduated 2017
Bangalore - India cohort

Rehema Parmena - graduated 2019
Nairobi - East Africa cohort


Shafinaz Buruhanudeen - graduated 2019
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia cohort

Mark Jones - graduated 2019
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia cohort


Ritu Kundu

Senior Secondary Physics Teacher ISC, IBDP, IGCSE
Ebenezer International School, Bangalore

PGCEi cohort: Bangalore, India
Year of graduation: 2019

How did you time at university help shape your career?
I was always interested to learn something new. After eight years working in the same school I started yearning for learning something new, something different. That is when I found out about PGCEi course through a parent online portal in my daughter's school. I have been teaching in Indian curriculum for a long time.

PGCEi helped me widen my career prospects and I feel confident to teach in international curriculum. I am now teaching Physics at IBDP level and also guide students with their extended essays. PGCEi course and module assignments enhanced my writing and referencing skills to a great extent.

If a student wanted to follow in your footsteps, what could they be doing now to help them get ahead?
My students need to be proficient in English and prepare for IELTS or SAT in order to study an international curriculum. They would also need to graduate in their subject specific area and need to decide on the subjects they would like to study. I chose a masters in physics after graduating with physics as major. I also studied and completed my MPhil, both of which helped me in further pursuing a PhD. The students also need to have a  professional teacher's training like a BEd for teaching in schools in India.

Developing a hobby helps you connect with people from different walks of life. I am a graduate in Hindustani classical music (vocal) and I volunteered to help underprivileged children in a Government run school in India for a year as a singing lead. I could do this during my sabbatical due to family commitments.


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