Libyan student, Atif Madi, who had to overcome major personal adversity during his studies, will this week return to Belfast to graduate with a PhD in Pharmacy.
From Alkufra in Libya, Atif has now secured a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship position in Trinity College Dublin, and has also had his research presented at numerous international conferences.
Due to instability in his home country, Atif regularly received news of friends and relatives who had been killed in the civil war during his studies, yet despite the challenges he faced, he went on to achieve great success throughout his time at Queen’s.
Atif became a full member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, received a Researcher Plus award from Queen’s, became a STEM ambassador, and has been advised his research has intellectual potential and a patent is currently under consideration.
Queen’s is a top ten UK university for research intensity (ref 2014), and speaking ahead of his graduation, Atif said: “The support I received from Queen’s throughout my PhD really helped me cope with the challenges I faced. From my Principal Supervisor, to staff in the International Student Support Office, there was always someone there to support me when I needed it.
“Through my PhD at Queen’s a world of opportunities has been opened up to me, including the excellent training programmes offered by the University’s Graduate School which were very useful and valuable to me. As a result, I received many offers of employment from around the UK and Ireland even, before I completed my PhD.
“I would highly recommend studying for a postgraduate degree at Queen’s, particularly if you’re from a different country. Life at Queen’s and Belfast has so much to offer and feels like a home away from home.”
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