SUSU Will Give You Knowledge Necessary for a Successful Future: Interview with a Graduate from Nigeria

Adelaja Oluwaseun Adebayo, Nigeria completed his English-language Master’s studies (Fundamental Computer Science and Information Technology - Database Technologies) at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science of South Ural State University in 2019. Now he lives home and works as a lecturer and also a system analyst at a university in Nigeria. In his interview, he shared why he had decided to obtain his education at SUSU and why he liked it.

— Why did you choose to receive your education in Russia?

— I decided to go to Russia for getting my diploma because the education here is of high quality and at the same time tuition fees are quite affordable.

— What do you remember most about your study? What subjects were your favorite ones?

— My favorite subjects were Data Mining, Object-Oriented Programming, Distributed Programming, and Database Technologies taught by Prof Mikhail Zymbler, Prof Olga Ivanova, Prof Gleb Radchenko, and Prof Leonid Sokolinsky. Also, I liked Programming Language and how to create certain parameters (such as writing SQL queries) that can be used in a database.

— What was your greatest challenge about living in Russia?

— I would say that cold weather and the Russian language were the greatest challenges. But after some period of time, I was able to understand and also speak Russian. Though it wasn’t easy for me.

— What is your greatest impression about South Ural State University?

— This is the university that welcomes, encourages all students, and helps to develop socio-cultural activities between students from various countries.

— Did you get any help from your compatriots having arrived at Chelyabinsk earlier than you?

— When I came to Chelyabinsk, there were some of my African friends. They assisted me with my registration, visa extension, and many household problems. Also, I got help from the Association of International Students and Center for Sociocultural Adaptation. I remember Uvindu Wijeweera and Dina Valeeva.

— What is the topic of your thesis?

— Online Development for Bus Ticket Booking System.

— Did your Russian diploma help you find the job in your country?

— I guess that my self-developed skills in programming helped me a bit more. There was one issue connected with my Russian diploma. In my country any diploma certificate acquired must be in the English language. That’s why I had to do an English supplementary transcript to enable me to secure a job in my country because no employer in my country understands Russian. I will suggest SUSU consider making an English-language diploma for international students studying there.

— Today there are more than 2000 students from 56 countries in SUSU. Why do many universities try to recruit international students for studying?

— I think to build a good relationship with the students of these countries and equally contribute to their becoming professionals in the field of study across the world. In summary, to impact them with vital knowledge which will be helpful to the international students in both their countries and the country they studied at.

— What would you wish your compatriots who are selecting a university now?

— I will advise them to choose a prestigious university that will impart knowledge, practical skills, and experience. In the future, this will help them compete with other professionals in their fields across the globe. Don't just choose a university because it is the best ranking, ask your compatriots who had studied at various universities for better guidance.

Let us remind that foreign citizens who want to get a prestigious degree at SUSU can learn all the details regarding the procedure of admissions via the portal for university applicants by clicking the link.

International Student Support at the SUSU International Office Email: applicant@susu.ru, Tel.: 8 (351) 272 30 86
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Valentina Metelyova, photo by Adelaja Oluwaseun Adebayo
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