Faculty of Technology
Student wins £500 to help his studies
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:59:00 GMT
A University of Portsmouth student has won a £500 bursary in an international competition to help him study for his Master's in electronic engineering.
Uzair Saleem, 24, from Pakistan, had applied to study for his MSc at the university and been accepted when he entered a bursary competition run by Postgrad Solutions.
He said: "I was quite overwhelmed to be selected from so many applicants and winning the bursary is a huge help and will allow me to concentrate more on my studies without worrying as much about my finances.
"Having an external support in your studies, no matter how much it is, is satisfying and exciting at the same time."
Uzair chose to study at electronic engineering at the University of Portsmouth because of the range of MSc degrees available and the subjects his course covers. He said: "I've been in Portsmouth now for a few weeks and the labs are outstanding and so are the instructors. I have learned a lot of new things so far.
"I wanted to study in England because I like the standard and the methods of teaching here. I have taken inspiration from my teachers back in Pakistan who studied in England and who are well educated. I came to UK with the hope I could one day be a successful researcher like them."
Postgrad Solutions offers bursaries for those studying at post-graduate level every year and receives hundreds of applications from students around the world.
In 2011, the ten winners of bursaries came from Britain, the Ukraine, China, Pakistan, India, Canada and Nigeria.
Students have to submit a 200-word application on why they feel they deserve to be awarded a bursary, then a Postgrad Solutions panel judge who demonstrates greatest commitment to their course, their determination and academic interest.
The company is offering 13 bursaries for 2012 entrants: