Zamira Abbasova

Zamira holding books and a laptop
Chevening scholarship

Zamira studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and graduated in 2018.

Zamira was a Country Director of Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation prior to her studies where she was responsible for designing and managing programs related to mediation and conflict transformation in post-war societies like Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough?

Loughborough University was only one of the three choices I had. I wanted a dynamic university with cutting edge curriculum, practice bound modules, with an international community. And Loughborough matched with all three criteria.

What's your favourite thing about Loughborough University London?

The modules are taught by multiple experts looking at the subject from variety of aspects instead of singular theoretical approach. The second favourite part of my studies was the LEN community who encouraged me to practice what I have learned by setting up my own enterprise.

Why did you decide to study your course?

I was working with vulnerable communities affected by war in two different dimensions: youth groups, women groups, unemployed army of fathers and mothers who were solely depended on the government resources and foreign organizations to sustain themselves and domestic and foreign organizations who were having hard time to find sustainable funds to support these vulnerable groups. In both cases, I figured there is a pressing need to find sustainable solutions and entrepreneurship seemed to be a good tool, that's why I chose Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management MSc.

What did you enjoy the most about your programme?

Learning from people who are practicing what they know in the field and talking about their experiences in the classroom.

Where do you see your career in 5 years time?

Running my own enterprise that brings healthy habits and natural products into people's lives. Location is not very important as long as I am among friends.

How did you like to spend your time away from your studies?

Time away from my studies was time to practice my learning. I worked for a social-enterprise called TERN (The Refugee Entrepreneurial Network) that trains refugees in the UK on entrepreneurship to give them a chance to transform their passion into a commercial practice. I was able to practice what I dreamed of by choosing this school and this course.

What one piece of advice would you give to a future postgraduate student?

Spend time learning about your friends - those on the same programme and those who aren't! There is so much potential in each student that we do not get to necessarily hear about throughout our studies. There are so many interesting people from so many countries. Don't miss a chance to stop any of them and ask questions. Throughout my studies I learnt from my group of friends as much as I did from my lecturers. So, don't miss out!