DCLead Track: TECMAN
BA: Informatics and Information Technologies, Tashkent University of Information Technology, Uzbekistan
Worked as: Digital Customer Engagement Specialist

I have chosen DCLead because:
Uzbekistan is a developing country where digital technologies are in initial phase of development. I want to make a research in digital communication technologies in the context of policy and digital communication in Europe, to understand the development of communication technologies in my country and forthcoming issues. Master’s degree seems to me a next logical step to gain credibility in international community and benefit from the academic discussion with practical knowledge and skills. The prospect of studying in DC Lead appealed to me as it perfectly matches with my ambition: it is ideal place to benefit from academic–scientific integrity and learn about ethical principles, to become an expert in the field of digital communication. Moreover, I am excited about Problem Based Learning method, international mobility scheme, students’ diversity, and the opportunity to develop multicultural skills. Personally I am keen on learning languages and planning to master German in order to enhance my career opportunities. In my opinion, the modules in DCLead are perfectly tailored to prepare professionals to approach issues in interdisciplinary manner.

Shahnoza BekbulaevaUzbekistan

DCLead Track: POLINN
A: Computer Science, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp)
Communication – Journalism, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Worked as:
Production Assistant for Olympics, Journalist for Sports Magazine, IT and Communication Professional for Ericsson, Embraer, J&J and SENAC SP.

I have chosen DCLead because:
I chose DCLead Master Program because it allows me to work with my two backgrounds. In addition, the program is one-step ahead of others Master, when it integrates technology and communication concerning the current issues and challenges. A unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, learn with a top academic team with different backgrounds also make my eyes shine.

Mathias Felipe de Lima SantosBrazil

DCLead Track: TECMAN
BA: Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Worked as: Open Source Evangelist/Project Coordinator at 8layer Technologies Inc/ Business Consult CRV Embedded System and Design
Blog: Jeepney Stories

I have chosen DCLead because:

I strongly believe that Digital Communication Leadership (DCLead) Program, will help me in my future endeavors because it’s aligned to my undergraduate degree and work experiences. The program’s focus on the leadership and empowerment, economic and managerial, digital technologies, media and communication knowledge, social responsibility and ethical-cultural dimensions of digital communication is indeed a holistic approach for a life long learner like me. I strongly believe that this program will help me achieve my goal, to be an INNOVATION SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR in the future.  To harness the power of open innovation, open source and IOT infrastructures to reform the community. My core focus will be on advocacy, technology and policy, this is achievable through transformation of ideas into a thriving culture towards excellence and social impact and  collaboration of the community.

Michelle Anne TabiraoPhilippines

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Communication Research (cum laude), University of the Philippines-Diliman
MA: Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
Worked as: Researcher/Analyst, Armed Forces of the Philippines; Research Assistant, Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore; Communications Officer, Nalanda–Sriwijaya Centre at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)

I have chosen DCLead because:
The DCLead programme is unique compared to other existing programmes related to new media in that there is emphasis in the leadership aspect. Gaining the necessary intellectual and emotional depth for understanding the dynamics among digital technology, communications, policy and society, at a more advanced level, is an important factor that will help one become a skilful and responsible communications professional. I foresee that in finishing this programme, I will emerge as a digital communications expert who possesses the necessary tools for becoming an effective advocate, a facilitator of learning and a competent leader.

Joyce ZaidePhilippines

DCLead Track: TECMAN
BA: Computer Science and Engineering, North South University
Worked as: Business Development and Project Manager at Dnet, Bangladesh

I have chosen DCLead because:
Given my educational background in Computer Science and Engineering and my professional background in project management, I feel that DCLead would be the most suitable avenue of combining those two and catalysing my goal of working as a project manager at an international IT/solutions/media firm.

Ishaqur RahmanBangladesh

DCLead Track: POLINN
 Mass Communication, Advertisement, Journalism
MSc: Communication
Worked as: Executive at Confederation of Indian Industry, India ; Senior Marketing and Sales Executive at GFTPL, India

I have chosen DCLead because:
I want to excel in the field of Digital Communication where I could take on complex, new age, communication problems that challenge my intellect and fire my imagination. It is my belief that pursuing an education here would be the next best step towards this goal and a career in such a field in an intellectually stimulating academic environment will offer me an excellent way to contribute my bit to the lifelong process of development and dissemination of knowledge. The course provides a deeper and broader knowledge on Digital Communication with social responsibility and ethical cultural dimensions which would not only hone my skills but also make me competent in today’s globalised world.

Durai Subramaniam SelvarajIndia

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Mass Media, South Valley University
MA: Pre-Master in European and Mediterranean Studies, Cairo University
Worked as: Programme and Media Coordiantor at Tahrir Lounge Goethe project

I have chosen DCLead because:
Its content introduces essential theoretical and practical framework for central topics regarding communication, economics, society, culture, politics and innovations. This combination will provide me with the knowledge and experience to achieve my ambition to be a future leader in the field of political communication.
I find the program extremely comprehensive with a huge number of news organizations and universities contributing on supporting and conducting it, which adding another significant advantage that will enrich my professional and academic experiences. Besides, it will offer me a golden opportunity to build upon my network with both professional and academic colleagues who share with me the same interests in digital communication and hope to be pioneers in the field.

Dina IbrahimEgypt

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Support of Intercultural Communication, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus;
Worked as: Communication and Information Specialist

I have chosen DCLead because:
Since the program will equip me with a critical awareness of the main aspects in social media, digital audiences and online governance, and will update and extend my understanding of digital media focusing on cultural practices and new media changes. The program is of a special interest for the reason that the Master in Digital Communication Leadership focuses not simply on the communication as a social phenomenon and European institutions as political bodies, but on the relations between innovations and society; on the correlation between media and communication, on the one hand, and the main media players’ reflection, on the other. It is my strong belief that the DCLead studies will result in high-performance training and achieving guaranteed results in my education and career.

Alena SidarovichBelarus

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Bachelor of Communications, Universitas Airlangga
Worked as: Journalist & Copywriter

I have chosen DCLead because:
This program combines the two sides of me. As a former journalist, I’m passionate about media, especially from its social and political perspectives. And as a copywriter, I’m interested about economics and business in media and communication. Particularly, in this digital era, where there are a lot of new phenomenons which we never experienced before. Talking about digital era, Indonesia is one of the countries with highest internet users in the world. My country also forecasted to be the digital powerhouse in South East Asia. I am so excited about this and I believe that courses in DCLead will give me a lot of knowledge as well as experiences which will expedite me to contribute and embrace this amazing opportunity in the future. And so far, I enjoy DCLead and don’t regret my choice at all!

Amalia Nurul MuthmainnahIndonesia

DCLead Track: TECMAN
BA: Information Technologies and Systems Engineering, Universidad Centroamericana, UCA – Nicaragua
Worked as: Software Engineer

I have chosen DCLead because:
I believe that Digital Communications have the potential to improve life in many ways. These tools have become an essential part of everyday activities such as communicating, advertising, research, marketing, entertainment and so on. I want to be part of the revolution and I think DCLead program will provide me with the knowledge I need to be a leader in this field.

Ana Cristina Rocha RobletoNicaragua