International student profiles
Masnurfaiza Md Zaini
BSc & MSc Sports Science
Faiza first came to Loughborough in 2003 and has now been here for 4 years. Last year, Faiza achieved the distinction of graduating with a First in her Sports Science degree. She is now undertaking a Masters in the same subject – a subject in which Loughborough University is world-famous:
“…having studied at Maktab Sains in Brunei, I have always strived for excellence. I have always been a devoted student and will always consider myself as an athlete. My proudest achievements so far are to represent the Brunei’s national women hockey team at the age of 17 and to obtain a First Class honours in BSc Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University at the age of 21. I still have a lot to look forward to and I will always strive to achieve more remarkable achievements in the future.
“When I first came to Loughborough in 2003, I had a lot of support from the Union volunteers, staff from my department, and my colleagues to help me to settle down nicely. In Loughborough, it is very convenient to get around - the town centre is just fifteen minutes away from University. I would describe the town as “cosy , calm and towny”. And if I miss the city life, I can always go to Nottingham or Leicester as they are just 15 minutes away by train from Loughborough.
“There has been a big increase in the number of Brunei students here in Loughborough. When I first came here, there were only 7 of us. Now there are 30 and we have formed a Brunei Society. There are lots of social activities and gatherings. We play badminton and football every week and we have close links with the Brunei students in other UK Universities.
“I enjoyed being an undergraduate Sport Science student as we got the chance to use world class sport facilities and I also had the opportunity to make friends from different backgrounds - some of them are very talented sportspeople whilst others are just sports enthusiasts like myself. I have managed to keep my enthusiasm and diligence as sport science student at postgraduate level. It is getting tougher now, but with all the support from my lecturers and colleagues I believe that I can go through another hurdle and excel with flying colours.
“When I finish my postgraduate study, I plan to go back to Brunei and secure a job where I can contribute the most as a knowledgeable, qualified sport and exercise scientist. I always aspire to improve the quality of health and sports in Brunei. I hope to share the high quality of information which I have gained from Loughborough to the local Bruneian people”.