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Briti Deb (MSc Network and eBusiness Centered Computing 2009)

Briti is currently our International Alumni Ambassador for Bangalore, India


Briti Deb - ambassador BangaloreI was born in India and after receiving my bachelor's degree in computer applications from Bangalore University, I moved to Europe for higher studies. I chose to do postgraduate degree in computing because I love to see how computing technologies can be used in the real world. I received my ERASMUS master's degree from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Reading in eBusiness Technologies, followed by another master's degree from the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento, Italy, on eGovernment Technologies.

Currently I am working as an IT Consultant in India.

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

I was motivated to pursue my postgraduate degree at the University of Reading as it has a reputation for being a leader in international research. Since it was founded it has maintained a distinguished history of academic achievement and an ambitious agenda for the future. The University's top 1% rank in the influential Academic Ranking of World Universities Survey confirms it as a world-class teaching and research institution.

The town of Reading is one of Britain's liveliest and most multicultural cities, a commercial center, buzzing with events like the Reading Festival - one of England's biggest music festivals, the Reading Football Club, cinemas, exhibitions, clubs and bars that cater for every taste and background. All these benefits come along with its proximity to the capital city London, but at much lower living cost than the capital.

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

Access to top researchers, community feeling in the campus, good social life in the town, proximity to London, and plenty of cultural and sports events.

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

Coursework and research is challenging and hard work, but the reward of learning concepts and applying them to solve real world problems makes it very much worth it. To help solve academic challenges, leverage the large number of research journals both in the library and online, and ask the staff who are always willing to help. Other than studies, join societies for cultivating extracurricular activities, and volunteer.

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

With the knowledge I gained during my postgraduate degrees, I became more interested to study the application of computing technologies to solve real world problems. In particular, I got interested to study the implications of big data in the current renaissance of computing. My current research focuses on algorithmic approaches to problems in big data analytics with applications in eHealth.

How has the University helped you in your career ?

Apart from getting knowledge about the cutting-edge technologies and being introduced to research, the university has provided me the opportunity to meet people from a number of different places and backgrounds, helping to learn to work in multicultural environment. Studying in different countries as part of the postgraduate program, I learnt about the different countries' political systems, cultures, and languages, enabling me to communicate effectively in a global environment. During my work as a student tutor as part of the CSV project, I improved my didactic skills. The debating society where I participated in several interesting debates not only improved my public speaking skills, but also the analytical skills to critically analyse a problem and propose workable solutions.

What University activities are you still involved with and why do you volunteer?

I would be happy to share my experiences with prospective students. Meeting new people and addressing different questions would help me to learn many new things. Volunteering would also give me an opportunity to improve my organizational skills while attending events.

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

It has been the most wonderful experience in my life. Amazing friends from all over the world, my first snow, freshers week, and the beautiful Whiteknights lake.

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