Nigerian-born Henry Ogundele battled with personal tragedy to graduate last Friday afternoon (15 July) with an MSc in Software Technology with Network Management.
Henry (31) who comes from Oremeji Agugu Ibadan, Nigeria, originally became interested in pursuing the degree programme when he met graduates whom he worked alongside as a computer analyst in his home country.
He explained: "The university's reputation is strong in Nigeria and I knew that employers hold its degrees in high esteem. A few of my friends who had been in Aberdeen considered it to be their home away from home and so the city itself was also highly recommended."
Henry began the postgraduate programme in September 2009 on full-time basis.
In summer 2010, just as Henry was commencing his dissertation, tragedy struck. His sister, Olutomi, passed away while in her third year of a degree in mass communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, of an unidentified ailment.
"My sister's death created a big vacuum in my life," stated Henry. "It became a huge task for me to concentrate on completing my masters degree and in the end I chose to delay it until this summer."
With the support and encouragement of his mentors from the School of Computing, Henry found his focus once more. He credits in particular his supervisors Professor Patrick O'Brian Holt, Prof Dawei Song and Ulises Cervino, plus the Head of School Professor Ian Allison who helped him through this difficult time.
"I can't thank the team enough," he continued. "While this last year has been one of the most difficult in my life, my time at the university has also been one of the greatest. I have enjoyed learning from the best lecturers I ever met in my life, plus working with fellow students who have become great friends. I also must say a big thank you to the people of Aberdeen who have been great hosts during my time here."
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