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Hassan El-Meligy

Development Consultant at Beta-Research, Business and Technology Research & Studies, Cairo

MSc Business Information Technology

What made you choose Middlesex University?:

The strongest asset was the University’s reputation and its teaching quality. The methods, subjects and the professors’ experience and dedication convinced me to choose this institution.

What course did you study and what attracted you to that course?:

I chose a Master's of Science in Business Information Technology because it was an unique mixture of business administration and information technology where both were aligned to create business value.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy the most?:

Business administration and intelligence fascinated me and developed my interest on how to implement it by using ICT as an intelligence tool.

What is your fondest memory of Middlesex?:

All my gratitude goes to the professors, who were highly knowledgeable and cooperative.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?:

I would highly encourage feature students to pursue higher education studies at Middlesex and especially choosing Master's of Science in BIT. This is because business and information technology are nowadays integrated and cannot work without one another.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?:

My performance, especially at work, has been influenced by my Master's of Science degree not only because it is an advanced study. The subjects I have studied at Middlesex got me directly involved in projects focused on strategy, business re-engineering processes and all issues related to public and private sector restructuration.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?:

Being an expert in the field of development brought me opportunities to work on projects founded by the European Commission/European Union or many other donors such as EBRD and EIP, which require highly skilled consultants in the field.

What has been your defining career break of highlight to date?:

Today I am still referring to all the study materials used during my Master's at Middlesex. They are still relevant references for the work that I am doing, having unlimited sustainable values.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?:

Studying is not an one-time curriculum, it is a continuous process that requires curiosity, daily work and desire to seek knowledge in all aspects of science and life. Try to focus on what you are achieving in your journey than seeking the highest grades.

What skills have been most valuable in your career so far and how have you developed these?:

The skills I gained from the research and analysis, while studying at Middlesex, became the master tools for understanding what is the actual use of analysis and how to map information as an evidence to research and fact-based studies.

Are there any tips you can give international students looking to move abroad to study?:

My advice to everyone is to widen the study and not to set a fixed goal limited to what the curricula will give you. You need to go beyond the books and what has been given, I would also seek a DBA after the MBS or MSc.

What skills have been most valuable in your career so far and how have you developed these?:

1. Communication skills by interacting with different clientele and different parties.
2. Professionalism and hardworking. I said yes to all tasks and challenges that faced me. I completed all assignments as good as I possibly could. Later, in the working environment, I accepted all tasks assigned to me and learned from both failures and successes.

Are there any tips you can give international students looking to move abroad to study?:

Use the help available to you or ask for help, don't be shy. There are lots of teachers and people who would do anything to make sure your education and stay in Middlesex are the most pleasant ones.

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