The dissertation writing exercise was probably the best thing that I ever did in my life.
The great thing about the ISS PhD programme
How did the study contribute to your career?
The subject of my study – women education and employment – was a huge asset for my previous job at the Ford Foundation because it fell squarely within their areas of interest. I spent 8 years at the Foundation and moved on to Lebanon to work for another organization concerned with social sciences. Again the knowledge and skills I gathered from my PhD years at the ISS have been extremely valuable in my current position.
What was your overall experience at ISS?
Extremely rewarding! I was in my 40s when I started my PhD and will always be grateful that Nuffic accepted me as a ‘mature student’. I had great supervisors and mentors. They were not specialists on the Middle East but were excellent otherwise. The dissertation writing exercise was probably the best thing that I ever did in my life.