Sharifa Al Abri

Why did you decide to study the MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering program at the University of Leeds?

When I received a full scholarship from the ‘Ministry of Higher Education’ in Sultanate of Oman, I was to choose any university that offers MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering. After looking at the rankings, I found out the University of Leeds is one of the top universities with high rankings in engineering studies compared to other institutions in the UK, which led me to choose Leeds to study my masters degree. 

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course?

Studying at the University of Leeds is an amazing experience. Not to mention that it is my first time studying abroad andthe large variety of international students in my course have made my time here even more interesting. The best part is the variety of facilities for independent study that the university provides, such as the libraries, the outstanding equipped labs and the 24 hour accessible computer clusters. Plus, the lecturers are always there to help with any questions, either through email or one to one appointments. This is what helped me improve my ability to study independently.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

The ideal location of the university makes it easy for students to find suitable accommodation and explore Leeds. Leeds is a beautiful city and it has a lot to offer especially for international students to enjoy their time in Leeds.

It has an amazing variety of restaurants all around the city, from Middle Eastern to Indian, African and Asian food. Leeds has a beautiful atmosphere during the day and the night with great places to visit, and the shopping centers are just 15 minutes walk from the university.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

At the beginning, I found it quite challenging to manage my studies and social life, as it was all new to me. Then I started to learn how to manage my time in studies and enjoy my life in Leeds at its most. In my opinion, time management is one of the most important factors for my future career. Hence definitely all students will agree that the university does make you experience what time management is about.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I am hoping to have a key job role in a reputable electronics company right after I finish my course. Eventually, I would want to start up my own small business that makes me develop my hobbies in implementing small useful electronics projects to be used in our daily life.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds is one of the top five across the UK and it definitely has a great studying environment. Nevertheless, nothing comes easy, so studying hard and time management is needed to complete the course. Everything needs to be taken seriously. If you have any doubt, never hesitate to ask the department staff and lecturers, as they are all very friendly and they never say no to a request for help. However, don't forget to enjoy your time here and explore the city to get the best experience. Just remember with time management, everything is possible.