A student from Malawi (South Africa), Daniel Pemba, told us about his choice of the university, future career and professional plans.

Daniel Pemba has completed a bachelor's degree program “Applied Informatics in Management” and now he is continuing his studies at a master's program “Corporate Finance”

We have talked with Daniel to find out his impressions about Russia, Minin university and his further professional plans.

Why did you decide to study in Russia? What attracted you in Minin university?

I found information about Minin university on the Internet. I was looking for a Russian pedagogical university. This university and the Nizhny Novgorod city itself have drawn my attention. I saw that the city is big and modern and decided that this option is just great! My friends are studying in the USA, the UK, Italy and South Africa. I had no friends or acquaintances in Russia at that time. This was a breathtaking adventure for me! I started studying Russian in 2015 at the preparatory course. I was studying the language for 6 months in order to enter Minin university.

What were your first impressions of the university?

At first it was difficult for me to study in a foreign university but then everything began to work out. I successfully defended my thesis: a website that I have developed for a typography. It was easy for me because I am good at programming. But there were some difficulties with the Russian language. My classmates and teachers supported me. I am especially grateful to Mr. Sergey Valentinovich Boldin and Ms. Elena Petrovna Krupoderova.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I want to become a teacher. Malawi really lacks professional teaching staff. Also, after completing the master's program “Corporate Finance” I will help to run a family business. At present time I help a friend in business and successfully combine studies with work. Thank you for this opportunity!

I will recommend Minin university to my friends. I know several applicants who are ready to come to Russia from South Africa.

What do you think about Russian culture, mentality and atmosphere?

I was in St. Petersburg and Peterhof, I also visited Pushkin places. And I really liked the Hermitage. Your culture is very distinctive. Russia differs from European countries. It is unique. I have been to many amazing places and I feel absolutely comfortable here.

The Russian language was difficult for me. I have noticed that few people know English in Nizhny Novgorod. This was an advantage for me: I have learned Russian and begun to speak it very fast.