Q&A with Mohamad El-Khatib

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Why did you choose to study this degree?
I chose to pursue a degree in Engineering Systems Management so that I am prepared not only to succeed as an engineer but also as a decision maker and a future leader in the field.

What is one problem in the Arab world you would like to fix and why?
One problem prevalent in the Arab world is the lack of encouragement and support given to young entrepreneurs. The only path offered to most youth is to go college, earn a degree and get a job. Young people in the region should also be able to explore and use their special skills and talents to grow their own businesses.

What would you change about the education system in the region?
The thing I would change about the education system is its flexibility and adaptability to the students’ needs and abilities. The educational system is too rigid and does not reward different types of intelligence. Education systems in the Arab world should provide an environment to nurture the future Einsteins and Shakespeares.

Who would be your ideal mentor and why?
My mentor would be Elon Musk. He is changing the world into a better place, one step at a time, through technology and sustainable solutions.

What are your three most important personal values? Why?
The three most important values to me are patience, perseverance, and faith. I believe that these three values are the foundations for any success in life.

Complete the following sentence: “A leader is someone who…”
A leader is someone who inspires people and gets the best out of everyone.

As someone who has been selected, what advice would you give to students who are interested in applying?
Be yourself and give it your best shot. It’s worth it!

Complete the sentence: “This region needs more…”
The region needs more people like Abdullah Al Ghurair who are willing to invest their wealth in educating young people like us.

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