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‘I have been in group assignments with colleagues from Ukraine, South Africa, and Mexico’ – how studying online enables one student to build connections around the world

Approaching the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, our online Corruption and Governance MA focuses on three fundamental questions: what is corruption, what causes it and what should be done to combat it? Throughout the course, students explore real world case studies with other professionals studying the course from around the globe, and have the opportunity to engage in rich debates with our globally renowned academics.  

We caught up with Muchaneta Mundopa, one of our online students who is working as Executive Director at Transparency International Zimbabwe from her home in Zimbabwe. Here’s what she had to share about her experience studying so far:

Why did you choose to study online with the University of Sussex?  

Online learning provides me with the flexibility of furthering my academic qualifications whilst being employed full time.

Why did you choose to study Corruption & Governance MA (online)? 

Being involved in the anti-corruption sector I needed to have a deeper understanding of corruption and governance hence the choice to study for the MA Corruption and Governance. Furthermore, I have a strong interest in public sector reform initiatives from an anti-corruption, transparency and accountability perspective hence this course continuously challenges my thinking and views in terms of how to contribute to the broader anti-corruption discourse within the public sector.

What’s been your favourite module so far and what made it so engaging? 

Defining corruption and measuring corruption has been my favourite modules so far. These modules made me realise how complex measuring corruption is. Usually when people talk about corruption, they define it as something that can be easily tackled, which is not the case due to the complexities around defining the issue.

How have you found online learning?  

I have enjoyed collaborating and engaging with fellow professional on the course from different parts of the world. So far, I have been in group assignments with colleagues from Ukraine, South Africa, and Mexico. All of them provide interesting and challenging perspectives.

How has this course impacted your career and/or personal development so far? 

Coming from a civil society perspective, this course has contributed to both my career and personal development in that I am now able to engage with a diverse range of actors in the anti-corruption chain and appreciate diverse opinions and strategies.

What advice would you give to anyone considering this online course? 

If you want to challenge your thinking and perspectives surrounding corruption and governance, then definitely this is the course for you.


If you would like to learn more about the online Masters that Muchaneta studied with us, please visit the Corruption and Governance MA (online) course page.