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M Zahidul Haque (Agricultural Extension 1984)


I believe in a greater human understanding, peace and friendship. I am working in a public university where I started my career as a Lecturer, was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor followed by Associate Professor and in 2001, I became Professor in the Department of Agricultural Extension & Information Systems. Currently I am serving as the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture. I have been associated with the art of writing and journalism. More than 10,000 articles, poems, stories, science fictions, reviews and opinions have so far been published in different national and international English newspapers and journals. I have received some international prizes and recognition.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

Reading is the only university in the UK which offers post-graduate degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Social Development. Reading is a very family-like University with an excellent and congenial academic atmosphere. Weather at Reading is also overseas-friendly. So I selected Reading.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

In those days Agricultural Extension was taught at the Agricultural Extension & Rural Development Centre and to do classes and seminars in the basement during rainy days was very exciting. Weekend visits to different cities were also very interesting.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

First get fully familiar with a Reading map. Adjust with new friends and teachers. Start class with new hope and aspiration that your academic accomplishment will bring new success to your professional and personal life. Lose yourself in Reading parks, lakes and nearby villages when you can.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Actually I went to Reading as a British Council Scholar and completed my Masters of Science in Agricultural Extension.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

-Develop self-confidence
-Apply the knowledge gathered at Reading
-Be sincere and honest in your endeavours

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

In fact, Reading inspired me to cross all the hurdles to reach up to my present career

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Get your notes ready by consulting references in library and on the internet. Answer briefly but accurately all the questions in the exam.
Apply online against related job announcement or information. For securing a job, an effective cover-letter is very much important.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

Every moment I spent at Reading is memorable. Our group's study tour to Turkey with Professor Maurice Rolls as our supervisor was the most memorable event. The university is now a part of my life and whenever I get a chance, I promote Reading University at social gatherings and when writing for newspapers.


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