Durban Twins Achieve Masters in same field of study

2011-04-13 00:00

BORN only two minutes apart, identical twins Naadira and Naadiya Nadasen have usually done most things together.

They attended the same school and even went to the same university. Today is even more special for the 26-year-old Nadasen twins, who will receive their masters degrees in the same field of study.

The Durban pair are two of 7 471 graduates whose degrees will be conferred on them in the next few days.

The graduation ceremonies started on Monday and continue until next Tuesday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

The twins have been involved in research for their master’s degrees in geography and environmental management for the last three years.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Naadiya, the younger of the twins, said she and her sister were ecstatic about their achievements.

Looks aside, the twins are perfect opposites.

While they might have attended the same high school and university, they have always had different friends.

Said Naadira, “We may look alike, but as individuals we are very different people.

“Naadiya and I usually do not see eye to eye on issues since we both have strong personalities. Naadiya is a very friendly person, yet conservative and a perfectionist.

“I am outgoing and the complete opposite,” said Naadira.

Asked why they chose to study in the same field, the twins said they have always wanted to pursue a career in geography and environmental management.

When they reached postgraduate level, however, they specialised in different aspects.

Naadiya’s research focused on corporate social responsibility in resource extraction industry.

Naadira examined the formal sector’s reaction to the occupation of land by the informal sector and the government’s role in this.

Naadiya is a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology, while Naadira is reading for a PhD and lecturing at UKZN.

Both women are dating, but not with twins, they are relieved to say.

Nor is it likely that they will have a double wedding, and anyway marriage is not on the agenda right now.

The Nadasen sisters’ number one priority is developing their careers.

Their eldest sister, Nazreen, graduated cum laude from UKZN and is running her own law firm.

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