As part of the University of London’s 2018 Leading Women campaign celebrations, University of London alumni submitted videos in which they spoke about the importance of education in their lives.
The video was played live at the 2018 London Graduation Ceremony at the Barbican Centre on Tuesday 6 March 2018. While it is clear that there is much to celebrate, our alumni also acknowledged that there is further progress to be made. The University of London is immensely proud of its graduates, and we hope that the alumni featured here will lead future advancements in women’s higher education.
This film was produced for the 2018 University of London Graduation Ceremony, which also celebrated the Leading Women campaign. The campaign marks the 150th anniversary of special examinations for women, which ten years later, in 1878, led to the opening up of full degrees for women. In both instances, the University of London was the first to do so. The introduction of special examinations for women in 1868 marked the first time in the UK that women had gained access to university level education, and proved to be an immensely significant moment for the University, for women and for society as a whole.
One of the students who submitted footage is Sagar Banjade from Nepal, who attained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Sagar grew up in a remote village, and his mother raised him and his brother without a husband or family assistance. His mother single-handedly supported her children during her time in nursing school, and encouraged Sagar to seek education himself. Her goal in life was to get out of the village and send Sagar and his brother to a good college. Unbeknown to his mother, Sagar took a different life path, and dropped out of high school to pursue dancing in Bollywood. He later moved to Dubai, where he worked as a tea boy at a construction company.