Vladyslav Dubas is currently studying International Management at Strathclyde after completing his bachelor's degree in his native Ukraine. Here, he discusses his time in Glasgow.
My name is Vladyslav Dubas and I am currently studying MSc International Management at the University of Strathclyde. I am from Ukraine and have been living and studying in Glasgow since September 2019.
What were your reasons for taking on this degree?
I was looking for an opportunity where I could gain international experience and expand the knowledge that I already gained during my bachelor degree in Ukraine. It was significant for me to go outside my comfort zone to acquire new skills and understand more about myself in this world. I chose MSc International Management due to the fact that it's a universal degree because it gives me different options to choose where to start my future career because it does not have any strict specialisation on the subject.
What attracted you to study at Strathclyde?
Before I chose Strathclyde, I researched options that I could afford with my grades, and of course budget. I found out that Strathclyde Business School has a huge background and triple accreditation that is considered as a big advantage. Moreover, it is the best business school in Scotland. Once I found out that my grades met the requirements, I decided that Strathclyde was the best option.
How was the application process?
I applied with the help of an education agency called Business-Link who helped and advised me through the process. It was a very simple process and all I needed to do was to take care of documents because my manager carried out all other communication.
What is your favourite thing about Strathclyde so far?
I definitely enjoy communication with people here. Work with different cultures, different nationalities with different backgrounds helps me to become better and gain more knowledge about our society and the world itself.
What do you like about your course and Strathclyde?
The best thing about my course so far is the subject called Management Across Cultures. This subject explained me the importance of culture in the business environment and gave me a deeper understanding of international business processes.
What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed whilst studying the course?
It has helped to improve my English and communication skills. Furthermore, I can feel that I acquired some new talents such as leadership and context thinking.
How have you found your time living in Glasgow?
I have found it very comfortable. The campus is close to the accommodation, as well as food stores and gym.
What's your favourite thing about Glasgow?
Glasgow is a friendly environment with a lot of students. Everyone works very hard and this motivates me to work for the best possible result.
What do you do to relax in your spare time? Are you part of any clubs with the Students' Association?
I am part of the squash club and I regularly attend the Strathclyde Sport Centre. Currently am thinking about joining the Debate society. In general, I spend my spare time watching movies, listening to music and reading books.
Have you managed to explore anywhere outside of Glasgow?
I have visited London, Manchester, Liverpool and at the beginning of the first term, our group were taken to the Isle of Cumbrae.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study in Glasgow at Strathclyde?
Don’t be afraid to get involved in different activities. Everyone wants to help you, so work hard and take advantage of the study opportunities. I have been able to gain a lot of knowledge during my time at Strathclyde. It is a unique opportunity that is completely different to Ukrainian education in a positive way. I hope that information that I am gaining here will help me in future life and career.
What 3 words would you use to describe Strathclyde?
Efficient. Inspiring. Multicultural.