x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

The prince who fell in love with Zayed University

Prince Bandzile of Swaziland, 20, has been admitted directly into the bachelor's programme at Zayed University and hopes to major in international relations.

As the third son of the King of Swaziland, Prince Bandzile Dlamini realises he is in a privileged position: money is no object. He has spent the last five years studying in the UK and calls Dubai the next logical step as he follows his dream of representing his country in the foreign service. Prince Bandzile, 20, has been admitted directly into the bachelor's programme at Zayed University and hopes to major in international relations.

"I thought that the Middle East would be a good place to go after England," he said. "I felt like I wanted some exposure to the world. "I was interested in Dubai so I told my embassy to find me the best schools and they recommended Zayed. "When I came here, I fell in love with the school. In Dubai, there are so many communities from around the world which was one of the reasons why I came here."

He is living with his uncle, Prince Gcina, who will ensure he remains focused on his studies while living seven hours from Swaziland, where he has 24 brothers and sisters. However he already feels at home in the UAE, which seems not so different from Swaziland. "There are many cultural similarities, such as not shaking a woman's hand," he noted.