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LISWATI FIRST BLACK GRADUATE FROM MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY

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MANZINI – There is no mediocrity when you want to build an empire.


This is the motto that kept 24-year-old Notsile Dube pushing towards her goals regardless of the many hurdles that presented themselves. Notsile was the first LiSwati and only black person to study and graduate from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), in Russia.
MSU is the highest-ranked university in Russia, and is consistently ranked within the global top 150 of the QS World University Rankings.


Last Saturday, Notsile graduated with a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and she specialised in Operations Research and Actuarial Mathematics.


Describing her six-year educational journey in a foreign land, the young woman said it had been challenging.
According to Notsile, when she first came to Russia, she was advised to go to Tambov but she ended up leaving for Moscow when she discovered that the level of education there did not suit her.


The young intellect said when she first went to Moscow, she initially wanted to study at Lomonosov Moscow State University, which she describes as the Harvard of Russia. Notsile also stated that besides the fact that it was the best university in Russia, she was also thrilled by that it was the only institution that offered the course that she was interested in; Actuarial Sciences.


However, after mentioning her plans to enroll at the institution, Notsile said one of her Russian friends advised her against it.
She said the friend said since MSU was one of Russia’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, it had demanding entry requirements for prospective students. 


“He also emphasised how there were no black people there and that the standards there were too high. He said I would be treated as a Russian with no compromise, and that it was absolutely impossible for me to end up at MSU,” Notsile said.

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