Dr. Mahdi H. Miraz
BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
MSc Computer Networking
PhD Computing (Usability Engineering)
2004 - 2016 Part Time and Full Time
I chose Wrexham Glyndwr as a couple of my friends were already studying there and enjoying their courses. The University really did help me to prepare for the world of work. The Careers Centre offered a CV checking service, which was really helpful. They helped me to secure a GoWales placement at MCW Group as a Network Support Engineer at the end of my Bachelor degree. I was also one of the first batch of students to then study for my MSc in Computer Networking at the university.
As well as offering a very industry-focused degree, they also offered various CPD and Continuing Education courses and Vendor qualifications such as CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). The Career Fairs and Post Graduate Student Conferences were also really important. Wrexham Glyndwr is an institution full of student-friendly staff. The tutors encouraged me to get involved with research activities. They helped me with my passion for lifelong learning, which became the foundation to enable me to teach and research.
I have recently been offered the post of Assistant Professor (Network Engineering) at AMA International University Bahrain, which I am delighted about. I have been working at University of Ha’il (UoH), in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2009 as the Director of UoH Cisco Network Academy and Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science & Software.
While working at UoH, I achieved the School’s first ever “Teaching Excellency Award” for my outstanding performance and quality teaching. I was instrumental in setting up the UoH Cisco Network Academy and serving the academy as the director as well as a CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor). As an EMC2 Certified Instructor, I am the coordinator for the Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS) course at UoH. I was the pioneer to establish the ANSaR (Advanced Networking Simulation and Research) lab, a research centre at the UoH. I also achieved a couple of tranches of UoH Internal Research Funding.
Wrexham Glyndwr provided me with the opportunity to study for a PhD degree while I continued to work in Saudi Arabia. This was the only way I could have taken such a degree and the staff and administrators were very accommodating, even to the extent of arranging my PhD viva by Skype (supervised by the British Council to verify that I was alone) as I was unable to leave Saudi Arabia at the time. I passed without a requirement for corrections to the thesis and I know that the careful supervision I received aided this outcome.
Wrexham Glyndwr has a rich student cohort from wide range of cultural backgrounds, vibrant student life, knowledgeable faculty members, staff with a helping attitude, and a rich history. Student life there was multi-coloured, memorable and obviously a perfect foundation for a professional career.
My favourite memory of my time as a student is being selected as the MSP (Microsoft Student Partner) to work at Wrexham Glyndwr University Campus for the 2008-2009 academic year. My time spent while working for the Students' Guild as the Education Officer will always be fondly remembered, as will the many friends I made from a wide international cohort of students.
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