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Mohamed Abdel Raheem Ahmed Mohamed

Career Path: Director - Project Management Office, Imam Abdelrahman Bin Faisal University
Location: Saudi Arabia

I have worked as an Architect for over 14 years in both Egypt and UK. My experience in a reputable contractor firm in Egypt gave me good experience in management and technical tasks, construction process and project plan and control. I then enhanced my experience with six years of my career spent working in the UK for Northern Firm, Tench Maddison Ash Architects LLP. Both experiences have allowed me to develop a special perceptive regarding the design practices and construction market in the two countries.

In 2008 the financial crisis hit the market, then the business I was working with closed down. At this moment I thought to enhance my experience in construction market with a professional course and academic learning. I preferred to learn more about Management Science as it sounded an important practice for a professional such as myself and, as I was working in Newcastle at the time, I searched for the nearest reputable institution that fulfilled my requirements. I came to Northumbria University as it was the only educational organisation to offer this type of credited Masters course in the region.

What are you doing now?Mohamed Abdel Raheem Ahmed Mohamed

I am now the Head of the Project Management Office (PMO) in the fourth largest university in Saudi Arabia. I am in charge of reporting for more than 170 programmes and projects from several disciplines and fields.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Northumbria University was the only educational organisation offer this type of credited master course in the region. Also the modern environment of the University helped me to make my decision.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was a great experience with me still remembering the IT department team and how they helped me to access my student Blackboard page from home and fixed it for me.

How connected was your course with industry?

We had a several meetings with professionals and managers in the sector during our study with these being very helpful and inspiring.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

It was the main reason that I changed my career and was able to progress into a better job.

What was the best thing about your course?

It let me open my mind and think out of the box.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Brainstorming skills to allow me to unleash my ideas and thoughts. Research practice and analytical skills.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University? 

For me being a student again, after 12 years since initially leaving university, was an amazing feeling and me to expand my horizons with new ideas and thoughts.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

I believe that continuous learning is the elixir of life and you will find it at Northumbria University.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Productive, Inspiring and challenging.

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