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Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Ireland? Read Shola’s Student Story

Posted by Brenda Meira de Azevedo on 09 July 2024

Cloud Computing Study Abroad Story

Dia duit! I'm Oluwashola (Shola) Akanni from Nigeria. I have a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and gained IT experience in data, banking, and telecommunications. I wanted to gain the masters edge to secure a role in a global company so I explored postgraduate study options.

I chose the MSc in Cloud Computing at National College of Ireland. I chose Ireland as my study abroad destination as it is an English-speaking country with a rich and diverse culture. Many global companies have a presence here and it was ranked as the 3rd most peaceful country in the world in 2023 by the Institute for Economics & Peace in 2023.

Why did you choose to study MSc in Cloud Computing at NCI?

I was already a Senior Cloud Engineer at a bank in Nigeria, leading the coordination of their cloud project. At this point, I felt I needed an extra edge to break into international roles. I wanted a competitive advantage. After deciding to specialise in Cloud Computing, I began researching the best schools worldwide to study this field.

I have a strong passion for computing and wanted to maximise my learning experience. I chose to study Cloud Computing at NCI because I believe it offers the most comprehensive and robust master's programme in computing, with successful alumni profiles. Over 90% of NCI's MSc in Cloud Computing graduates are employed after completing their studies within 6 months, and work in global companies such as Accenture, Amazon, Coca-Cola, EY, IBM, Mastercard, SAP, and more.

You can view the graduate outcomes in the Graduate Destination Reports.

Can you share some insights into studying the MSc in Cloud Computing at NCI?

The MSc in Cloud Computing programme at NCI is developed in partnership with industry. The lecturers set high standards, pushing us to excel. The course modules cover a wide range of topics such as Cloud Architecture (including distributed systems), Machine Learning, Blockchain Technologies, Fog Computing. Through this course, I have learned to use tools like CUDA, Hadoop, and iFogSim.

Studying a full-time master's degree at NCI means having face-to-face classes with experienced lecturers, as well as practical sessions and group projects. The class timetable allowed us to balance our studies with our personal life. The course content was extensive, covering both theoretical and practical aspects which prepares graduates for the demands of working in industry.

Can you share some fun activities you have been involved in Ireland and NCI?

Studying wasn’t all work and no play. I found time to hike, make friends, and enjoy life. Dublin offers fantastic hiking spots such as the Howth Cliff Walk and the Wicklow Mountains. These hikes provided a much-needed break from the academic work and allowed me to appreciate the natural beauty of Ireland.

During my time as a International Peer Mentor, I had the pleasure of bringing new and current students on day trips to explore Ireland. Taking part in the social activities, such as the Pre-Arrival and Welcome Programmes, greatly helped my social life as I quickly made friends with other students.

Do you have any tips or advice for students considering studying abroad in Ireland with NCI?

If you are considering a master’s degree abroad, Ireland is a great choice. Be prepared to work hard and build new skills you might not have been exposed to before. One great reasons to choose NCI is the range of resources available, including Student Supports, Career Supports and Peer Mentor Events. These resources can greatly enhance your experience and help you build a network. Also, stay in touch with the always helpful International Support Team.

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Studying abroad can be a challenging and a rewarding experience. Ireland, with its rich culture and peaceful environment, coupled with the academic excellence at NCI, provides an ideal setting for achieving your academic and professional goals.

If you're looking for an opportunity to study abroad and gain the masters edge in cloud computing, Ireland can be a great fit for you. Visit our International Hub to learn more about studying at NCI.

Topics: School of Computing, Postgraduate Courses, International Students