Welcome to a new academic year! We are thrilled to be welcoming so many students from around the world to the UDA family. We are excited to see what our students will accomplish this term and we can't wait to share those successes with you!
On April 25th, UDA held a webinar with Career Coach and founder of Beyond Discovery Coaching, Nadia Ibrahim-Taney. Nadia will be working in part with UDA's Dream Maker Program focused on helping students find and fulfill a productive career.
In line with our mission to provide international students with an opportunity to affordably pursue degrees that aim to prepare students for a successful and productive career, UDA is pleased to announce our partnership with Falmouth University in Cornwall, England.
The university offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate mater's and research degrees, specializing in several fields including computer science, business, marketing, art, design, media, and photography. Falmouth also offers Ph.D. and master's in Philosophy programs for those interested in engaging in research.
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Introducing Julian Alexander '17
Master's of fine arts, leeds beckett university
I attended Leeds Beckett University underneath the UDA program and studied filmmaking. I went to the school because it was very competitive and it was just really nice to be in a place that wasn't New Mexico, where I used to live. Being in the UK gave me a chance to get an understanding of different cultures.
My program allowed me to explore my own kind of creative journey, which made me grow so much stronger as a person. I've developed so many skills and met people from all around the world as a result of being [at Leeds Beckett]. I got the chance to go everywhere due to the films that I created in the program.
Some of my most successful works, mainly a film named Leo, are the reasons why I am in the position that I am now — that is, being a university professor, which I got hired to teach the same year I graduated. And I've been teaching across different schools since, first at New Mexico State University and also at El Paso Community College. I currently teach at the University of East London as a lecturer, where I'm also completing my PhD.
At Leeds Beckett, I wrote a film about a French man smuggling people from France to England. I'm from the borderlands, so topics like that were something that was very familiar to me, and when I came over here to Europe, this idea of borders had multiplied. The film, Leo, ended up being one of my most successful projects to this day. The movie went to a lot of places — the highlight is probably the fact that we were flown to a festival in Egypt by the film festival. We were nominated for a postgraduate student award at the BFI London Film Festival for the film as well. These are opportunities I never even knew existed for me. Those moments and those things were a direct result of the opportunities that UDA provided.
The brilliant thing about this program is that I wouldn't have been the same if I was somewhere else who knows, that could have been a different trajectory — but I had so much success in my graduate program. It was the best decision I could have made.
In the long run, I would like to be making films full-time, but this is such a great intermediary situation I'm in. I get a paycheck for teaching about film and I'm developing my skills at the same time, and as a result that gives me all the time in the world to actually develop other projects."
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For the first time since the establishment of UDA, we are proud to announce that some of our undergraduate students will graduate from the University of Chester this year while several of our students have completed their postgraduate studies as well.
To celebrate this milestone, we hear from two of our postgraduate students regarding their experiences with UDA and their programs.
Hearing from the class of 2021: Nate Shipley
Msc, strength and conditioning, leeds beckett university
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