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Student Profile: Asad Ahmed - Excelling at Information Technology and Programming

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Asad Ahmed

Dubai, 8 October 2015

For Asad Ahmed, a third-year student doing a double degree in Computer Science and Business Information Systems, linking his passion with education was easy. “I’m very tech-minded; from a young age I studied Microsoft Visual Basic which interested me a lot,” he said. “I could manage the way a computer worked and it was a perfect fit -- there’s no field I can excel in better.”

Asad won top honours for computing in the Cambridge International Examinations in his native Karachi, Pakistan before moving to Dubai in 2013 to study. He chose Murdoch because it met the criteria of offering a unique, double-degree program in a more intimate, educational setting with a small teacher to student ratio. “Everyone can feel they’re part of a family,” said Asad. “We all know each other and have close-knit groups; I was dreading a huge campus with people everywhere.”

In addition, the element of Australian academic excellence, the edge of an international campus and the admissions team also played a vital role in Asad’s decision. He was invited to tour the campus and was even printed out the entire course structure of his program to aid him in his decision.

Since joining two years ago, the top student has grown both personally and professionally. “When you learn the theory behind something, it makes everything interesting,” he says of his computer science classes. “With theory you are equipped to learn other stuff on your own; this contributes to when I build applications, I couldn’t do it without what I have learned in my classes.” Aside from technical knowledge, Asad has learned business skills: how to communicate with customers and stakeholders and obtaining information on systems to be built. “One of the most valuable things I’ve learned is soft skills and confidence.”

Asad has applied these skills to his extracurricular tech-based endeavours. He has represented Murdoch in the 2015 Gulf Programming competition and is the recipient of the 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence in IT. In his spare time, he has built music, to-do and reminder apps for the current iPhone.