Trudy Mhlanga (Director) – Higher Education Consultant
Trudy established IEC’s head office in June 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe and has been the main consultant since inception. In January 2021 she set up a satellite office in Johannesburg, South Africa and is currently dividing her time between the Johannesburg and Harare offices.
“Most people grow up knowing what they want to be. Others discover it along the way and take the prescribed path that will inevitably lead them to their destiny. And then there are people like myself.
Leaving high school I saw people around me making their plans seemingly very aware of their career paths and yet I did not have a clue what I wanted to do. I chose a different path to most of my classmates and married young almost straight out of high school. I focused on family and successfully raised two wonderful children who have since left the nest and embarked on their own careers.
Today, I am an educational entrepreneur who connects students and parents with outstanding universities and colleges around the world. My passion is to ensure that students from developing countries can reach their full potential by enjoying the same higher educational opportunities as their peers abroad. As a hard-working self-starter, I have established two companies in Harare, Zimbabwe one in Johannesburg, South Africa and worked at many others in Zimbabwe and the UK. I combine practical administrative sense, entrepreneurial zeal and multi-cultural dexterity as I seek to make my clients’ – and my own – academic and professional desires become a reality.
Every student is unique and the paths they are going to take may differ depending on the individual but their futures are all equally important and this is something I take very personally. I have styled my counselling technique on the basis of this. IntEdu Connect is my small contribution to the drive of helping move our young African minds forward in the hope of improving the generation that will ultimately be the future of our region.”
Karen Nyamuda – Higher Education Consultant
Karen joined IEC in June 2019 and initially was consulting and handling applications for our Zimbabwean head office in Harare. Karen now heads up Administration and day to day operations for the Harare office.
“I have always been a nurturer and inbuilt in me has been a great sense of empathy for people regardless of age, race or creed. Life experiences have taught me to judge less and to put myself in other people’s shoes to better understand where they are coming from. This is something that I have worked to instill in my own three children.
From the time I was young, I knew that I loved children and that wherever life took me I would want to be working with them in some way. My journey initially took me to the classroom where over the years I taught children between the ages of one and six years. I appreciated every student’s individuality, understanding that each one was different and thus adapted my teaching style to suit their needs. In addition to helping my students to meet their developmental and academic goals, I was also able to incorporate my love for music, art and the outdoors into my teaching.
After being a teacher for more than a decade, I decided to add a Diploma in Social Studies and Counselling Skills to my education. Since coming on board at IEC in June 2019, I have been able to apply much of what I learnt in my day to day interactions with students and their parents. As a parent of two university students and one high school student, I can relate to what our students are feeling as they widen their horizons and navigate the waters of preparing for tertiary study and leaving home. When students love what they are studying, they are motivated, energised and brimming with confidence, and will seize any opportunity that comes their way. So for me, the biggest reward is when our students find their perfect fit and are settled and happy while pursuing their studies and their dreams.”