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Meet Acinwu

“I really enjoyed the way the faculty were involved in every discussion in class. You could see they were trying to make sure you worked hard, understood and explored topics in depth, rather than at just a superficial level.”
Acinwu Ripiye
MSc in Project Management graduate

With a wife, two children, and a demanding job as Chief Planning Officer at the University of Abuja in Nigeria, Acinwu Ripiye already had a full schedule before enrolling on the online MSc in Project Management programme with the University of Roehampton. “Time management is so important,” he says. “I had to learn it, but the rewards are so high when you do. Studying with Roehampton taught me far more than I thought it would.”

Acinwu took the skills he learned and implemented them into his professional life, using the real-life examples he studied on his masters degree to help shape and inform decisions he made in his day job. His progress was clear to see: during his studies – and as a direct result of his new learning - he received a commendation at work.

Acinwu took particular pleasure in the programme’s shared activities. “One of the great things was working with a community from all over the world. The international flavour, and hearing from other people around the world, brings the concepts to life and makes them stick. It helps you retain the ideas much easier and understand how they are implemented across cultures.”

The Management Research Project is a vital element of the MSc in Project Management. Acinwu was nervous about his ability to communicate his knowledge and ideas effectively in his project, but his fears proved unfounded, thanks to continued advice and support from Roehampton Online faculty.

“I knew I had to step up my game with the management research project. But my supervisor was so patient and kind, and he pushed me to go through lots of different concepts and tools. In the end, that helped make my project into something very special. It was a wonderful journey of discovery.”

That support was far from a one-off. “It’s this level of engagement that makes Roehampton unique,” he says.

Acinwu graduated with distinction and remains a keen advocate of Roehampton Online. He was one of the first few members of a Roehampton study group that meets in Abuja. Today, the group has more than 300 members.

And a desire for his own self-improvement still burns bright. “I enjoyed my MSc so much that I’d like to go for a PhD,” he says. “Studying with Roehampton gave me so much confidence, and I’m now certain that I can handle the next level.”

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