Q&A with Elhoussine Talab

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Why did you choose to study this degree?
My dad taught me coding when I was young. I am also interested in machine learning and artificial intelligence. That is where my passion for developing and creating new things came from.

What is one problem in the Arab world you would like to fix and why?
Implementing the latest technologies and catching up with the world. There are a lot of amazing technologies that are invented every year that we do not see in action, but only hear about. We need to address the lack of skills in the region and start researching and developing new solutions that will help us excel in the field of technology.

What would you change about the education system in the region?
The lack of transferable skills. Education systems, and universities especially, focus mostly on theory and not enough on practice. Graduates, then, find themselves lacking the actual skills to apply their knowledge, create things, and experiment. The system should move towards a more applied approach that trains students while they are in university. Only then would the outcome be great.

Who is a figure that you consider a mentor? Why?
My mentor is one of the graduate students here at AUS. He is my mentor because he has a lot of experience in the field, has completed multiple research projects and always offers his help when I need it. In general, a mentor should always be experienced in their field and apply their knowledge and research to develop an invaluable experience for their mentees.

What are your three most important personal values? Why?
Learner, learner and learner. The most important thing either in university or in your job is not how well you perform in your physics course or how high your GPA is, it is your willingness to learn new things and to adapt to the continuously changing environment. Being a learner at all times is what enables a person to unleash his/her passion and create amazing things.

Complete the following sentence: “A leader is someone who…”
A leader is someone who enables people to discover their talents and to develop their skills.

As someone who has been selected, what advice would you give to students who are interested in applying?
The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education is a great opportunity for you to fulfill your dream and to connect with amazing people. It is the missing piece towards a successful future.

Complete the sentence: “This region needs more…”
This region needs more learners.

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