Our students from Saudi Arabia
There are around 150 students from Saudi Arabia currently studying at the University of Exeter. Their programmes include:
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I have been working as a Business Development Analyst in Aramco, focusing on facilitating investment opportunities in the IR 4.0 sector in Saudi Arabia, and providing needed support to ensure a smooth establishment and operations of those opportunities. I founded Panda Wear which is a bamboo-based clothing brand and the first sustainable clothing brand in Saudi Arabia. This online retail store is inspired by a company I worked with during my MBA study. I am also currently planning to champion a new initiative of a country-wide Supply Chain Society with the support of my company. This society will collaborate with international educational societies and institutes to provide free training and knowledge-sharing opportunities to Aramco employees and interested individuals from across the country.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
Business Development is an area where I can effectively employ my strong communication and interpersonal skills to enrich the local market with international investment opportunities that focuses on key trending sectors.
What did you most enjoy about studying at the University?
The support from the university staff, and the teaching system utilising collaborations with reputable institutes and companies. Also, the study environment and the ecosystem as a whole, from the location of the buildings, the library, and the proximity to the city centre.
Why did you choose Exeter?
I chose Exeter because of the reputation of the University, the programme's focus on sustainability, and the safety and small size of the city.
What skills and experiences have been most useful in your career?
The ability to objectively evaluate subjects which leads to better decision making and understanding.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Embrace each step you take in this journey, and make the most of them in terms of learning, developing, and networking.
What are your plans for the future?
- Develop multiple successful business opportunities in Saudi Arabia in the IR 4.0 sector.
- Start a successful sustainable clothing business brand, eventually opening a physical shop within the next few years.
- Become an international award-winning public speaker as a member of the Toastmasters Club.
- Continue my education and earn a PhD in a business or sustainability-related major from the University of Exeter.