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PhD Student Visits Queen’s to Study Transformational Leadership

Mushtaq Ahmad head shot​Mushtaq Ahmad, a PhD student in Education at Northern University Nowshera in Pakistan, has come to Queen’s to study transformational leadership with Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba.

As Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission offers scholarships to PhD students working with supervisors abroad, Mushtaq decided to search for a supervisor in another country.  After investigating scholars and universities in various countries, he discovered that Dr. Kutyuruba’s expertise was exactly what he was searching for in a supervisor and decided to come to Queen’s.

"I found Dr. Kutsyuruba on Google and sent him a note to ask if he’d be interested in supervising me. He accepted and put me in contact with Sandra McCance, the Faculty of Education’s International Officer, who helped me with my application and preparing for my visit to Queen’s."

Mushtaq’s research focuses on the impact of transformational leadership styles of principals on the job satisfaction of secondary school teachers. His interest in doctoral research on transformational leadership was piqued by his own experience.  In addition to being a PhD student, Mushtaq is a secondary math and science teacher and the Provincial President of the Secondary School Teachers Association in the Khyber PakhtoonKhawa province of Pakistan.  His goal for his visit to Queen’s is to explore avenues for future international collaboration as well as to develop his own academic skills and complete his doctoral research.

Mushtaq has now been here for 3 weeks and he will spend another six months at our Faculty working with Dr. Kutsyuruba on analyzing the data he has collected for his dissertation.  He is clearly satisfied with his decision to come to Queen’s:

"Now I know Queen’s is a good fit for me.  My first day went smoothly, just as I had hoped.  I believe that choosing this University is one of the best decisions I have made in my life."

He explained that Queen’s offers an international community and services, friendly, cooperative and respectful professors and staff, and ample opportunity to get involved in academic and extra-curricular activities. 

Mushtaq asked to express his gratitude to the people who helped him come here:

“It is an honour for me to be a part of Queen's University. I would like to thank the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, my local supervisor Dr. R.A Farooq & Dr. Rabia Tabassum at Northern University, and Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba and Sandra MacCance at Queen’s for their timely support and encouragement.”

While Mushtaq also appreciates our campus, he has faced a bit of shock over the amount of snow we have had in the past few weeks. He smiled, said “snow, snow and more snow,”  and noted that his family and many other families from his home province take a trip to the mountains once a year just to see the snow.

We wish Mushtaq a warm welcome to Queen’s and thank him for sharing his experience!

Mushtaq Ahmad and Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba