Meet Paul

“At work, I’m responsible for developing and implementing the strategy to run my unit and develop solutions to fit within the company’s overall objectives. Thankfully, analysis, research and strategic perspective are all things I learned from my masters programme with Roehampton Online.”
Paul Banga
MSc in Information Systems Management graduate

Digital technologies are transforming industries around the world – and the financial services sector is no different. As Head of Digital Channels for a financial institution in Zimbabwe, Paul Banga understands more than most about the scale of change that is approaching.

“Everything is going digital, information systems are at the heart of that transformation, which is why I chose to study the MSc in Information Systems Management programme.”

Paul recognised that he had to improve his knowledge and skills. But as a father of two young boys, his challenge was finding a suitable course that would provide the education he needed, while fitting around his work commitments and family life.

"Balancing the demands of studying, working and family was difficult, but one of the things I liked about the programme was the flexibility. You can fit your learning time in and around your work and personal life,” he says.

When he started his masters, Paul was a Project Manager. Now he heads a unit that looks at innovative digital platforms for financial services. He says that completing the masters degree has given him the skills and the knowledge he needed to step up to his new role: “It has been key in improving me as a person and in terms of my work contribution.”

At work, he is now responsible for developing and implementing the strategy to run his unit and develop solutions to fit within the company’s overall objectives.

His promotion, he believes, can at least in part be traced directly to his masters studies. “It shows that the changes in me have been noticed. A knowledge of information systems was a key component in terms of the person the organisation was looking for to fill that role.”

Paul’s studies also gave him a broader perspective than his Harare-based work environment. He is happy to admit that the collaborative nature of studying with the University of Roehampton Online exceeded his expectations.

“The shared activities, and working with others, was very enlightening. It was a new experience for me and I didn’t expect it to be as successful as it was. Sharing information and learning from others in different countries and different time-zones helped a lot, because it gave you the chance to consider different perspectives.”

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