A REFUGEE who fled war in her home country just over 16 years ago has graduated with a Masters Degree from University of Salford’s Business School.
Dunia Aziz, 27-years old, escaped the violent war in Kurdistan by moving to the UK to join her father in 2002.
Dunia commented: “It has been such a special day for so many reasons. I was so happy when I got my results and saw I had a merit, and to have my children here today as I graduate is amazing.
“It was hard coming over to the UK and trying to learn a new language, but thanks to the support of my husband and family I have achieved my dream.
Dunia triumphed through her degree whilst raising her two children and battling severe asthma.
She continued: “Juggling all the demands of my family and the course made things even harder for me. I would be studying in the library in the evenings and weekends and then when I got home late at night I had to cook for the children and look after them.
“I suffered from quite serious asthma attacks for a period while I was studying which meant I was unable to leave the house for quite a long time and in fact I had to stop studying for a while, but it has all worked out in the end and the sacrifice was worth it.”
“The course was very good, it will hopefully be helpful for my future career.”
Dr Dzolkarnaini, her tutor, said: “Despite all the adversity Dunia has gone through in her life she has achieved a wonderful result. She deserves all the success for the amount of hard work she put in to get this degree. I am very proud of her achievement and determination – it’s a real testimony of the role of educational institution in transforming life and offering wider opportunities.”