Nadee Buddhiwickrama

  • Current role: Assistant Manager- Student Experience
  • Year of graduation: 2009
  • Degree course: International Business Administration
'I was lucky enough to work for the University and Hertfordshire Sports Village and also at the British Council - Sri Lanka. All this happened because of the overall experience at university.'

We asked Nadee...

What is your current role and how did you get to this point in your career?

Before I moved to Canada, I worked as an Assistant Manager - Student Experience at SLIIT - Sri Lanka. I managed the Student Services division as well as coordinated the student orientation programme. After completing studies at the University of Hertfordshire, I worked as an intern at the Mercer Building. I really loved my work there and the support provided to the students. Therefore, I chose Education Administration as my career path. I wanted to share and provide the same student experience I received at UH.

How did your studies at the University of Hertfordshire help shape your career?

The University of Hertfordshire gave me the exposure I was craving. As an international student, I thought it would give me a different perspective if I completed my final year of studies at UH, and it would give me a proper understanding of International Business Administration. Due to the exposure, I was more confident in my work. Further, I was lucky enough to work for UH, HSV and also at the British Council - Sri Lanka. All this happened because of the overall experience at university.

What made you decide to study at this University?

UH offered me a direct transfer option to the final year in BA (Hons) International Business Administration. I loved the modules offered in the programme and also the fact that UH isn't located in a big city yet is close by to London.

What was the best or most useful thing about your course?

The best thing about my programme was how relevant the modules offered were and how it has been a lifelong education.

What is your stand out memory from your time at the University?

Graduation. I will never forget that day.

Are you still in contact with friends you met at the University of Hertfordshire?


What advice would you give your younger self if you were starting at the University tomorrow?

I'd say take part in more student activities, take up a sport and overall enjoy the best 3 years of your life!

Do you have any advice for University of Hertfordshire graduates who are considering a career in your industry?

Be patient, empathetic and be a good listener.

What are your future career plans/ ambitions?

To be a manager related to Education Administration in a Canadian university.