This blog is driven by content created by our UL International Ambassadors. Here you will find profiles of all our current ambassadors.
Meet Our Student Ambassadors!
At a glance
Emad Heydari, Iran
Salam, Chetori?! That’s ‘Hi, how are you?’ in Farsi, which is the language we speak in Iran, in case you didn’t know. 😉 My name is Emad and I’m Iranian/Persian. I study Master of Interactive Media at UL. I have a background in business development, teaching, translation and video post-production. Well I know it either sounds like I know a lot of things or I often jump ship but the truth is, my main goal has been to find what it is that I’m supposed to do and in order to get there, I moved away from home 1 day before I turned 18 and ever since I’ve been living in different countries and challenging myself by trying new things as often as I can. So far I’ve lived in 5 countries and travelled to 17 countries and even though “the sky is blue everywhere”, the way you feel about yourself can be quite different and the experiences you go through are wonderful and quite unique so of-course my first advice for you would be to LEAVE HOME as early as you can… I am sure whichever country you go to, you will end up learning many things about yourself, life and what motivates you and you will have unforgettable memories and some priceless life lessons. The main reason that I’ve joined the UL’s Student Ambassadors Programme is because I want to make sure my 1-year at UL would be much more fun and interesting than learning and studying about human-cantered design and computer science, which, I must say, is both fascinating and challenging course to study. On the other hand, I am also passionate about snowboarding, psychological thriller films, deep discussions, cooking and traveling. I hope sharing about my experiences, as UL ambassador will push you to put yourself out there and try new things on your own. One step at a time.
Ifunanya Nwaudoh, Nigeria
Well, hello there ;). I am Ifunanya but everyone calls me Fiffy. I am a Nigerian and I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Peace and Development Studies. Might I say that this is unchartered territory for me. However, before I proceed let me just say that IRELAND IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY! Yes, I said it and I am screaming with excitement! I love travelling and exploring new places, different people and different culture and to get that full-on experience, Ireland is the place!! My experience at the University of Limerick (UL) has been really amazing so far. When it comes to academic work it’s like all the gears are in sync and the cylinders are fired up! UL has an awesome academic environment and the library is remarkable you’d find yourself geeking out on a daily basis. Don’t even get me started with the extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities. The clubs and societies exposes you to hobbies, passions and interests you did not even know you had. It gets so overwhelming you may not be able to keep up.
If you are trying to make a decision, just know that UL is the place for you if you want to get involved, follow your passion and express yourself artistically!
Ooops! This was supposed to be about me but oh well, there you have it! Cheers!
Michael Atta Ateji, Nigeria
Hello everyone, my name is Michael Atta Ateji and I’m from Nigeria. I am currently enrolled as a Masters student in Computer and Communications Systems Engineering. I love traveling to places, meeting new people and cycling. Being a football enthusiast, I am a member of the Soccer Club. My experience in UL and Ireland has been great and amazing so far and I look forward to sharing them with you.
Jevita Cutinha, India
Hi, my name is Jevita Cutinha and I am from Karnataka India. Currently I am a postgraduate student pursuing my masters in nursing studies. My passion includes exploring new places, reading novels especially by J.K Rowling and Harry porter is my all time favorite, and I am madly in love with music. I love socializing and meeting new people from different countries and from different cultural background. Studying in University of Limerick is the best decision I have ever made in my life and each day brings new experience. I am excited to explore all Ireland has to offer and presently I am living my dream this. I am looking forward whole heartedly to share my live experience with you.
Mohd Azrul Arief Mohd Azml, Malasysia
Hi Everyone! My name is Arief and I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’m a first year of the two years Advanced Entry Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering, majoring in Engineering. I’ll be studying here in the UL as an undergraduate student.
Studying in Ireland is a fantastic adventure. UL offers many great courses. This university is very beautiful and unique campus, surrounding with many international students to socialize with. Every day is happening day especially in the courtyard which located at the student centre, and Tuesday is Farmers Market day. One of the reasons I choose Ireland as the best place to study because I want to feel the four seasons as my country doesn’t have that. Second is Ireland is one of the best higher education rankings. The third is natural beauty. You will see a lot of green scenery.
I’d definitely describe myself as a lone ranger struggling to adjust my life as I am first time being in Ireland. Then, I make new friends around the globe and this makes me feel at home. My housemates come from various countries such as Spain, France, South Africa, the USA and China; and my classmates such as Syria, Poland, Scotland, India, and others. In summary, I will conclude that this country is peaceful, safest and friendly. Feel free to follow and shoot me a message on Instagram @arief_azaraz .
Sunaina Mariam Augustine, India
I am Sunaina Mariam Augustine, an ex-Naval Officer from India. I love books and music, so much that you will never find me without my Kindle or earphones. I have 14yrs of service in the Indian Armed forces. When I left service, I wanted to join the corporate but was not sure if I was ready for it. So I decided to go back to studies and find out what’s new in the corporate world.
I had always wanted to study abroad, and I decided it is time I do that. When I decided to study away from my country I had two choices; Ireland and New Zealand, it was tough to choose between the two, as both were known for their education system. So what made me choose Ireland? It was the University of Limerick that sealed the deal for me. They had the course that I wanted, have the most beautiful campus, and they had all the required information available for me online. Sitting in India, I knew what exactly is going on this campus. I feel I knew so much about this University even before reaching here, that it prepared me well for my trip. University also has a wonderful social media presence that gives you all you need to know about studying here.
Now once I got my offer, the International Education Division and the accommodation office was in constant touch with me. They literally walked me through the entire process. Once I was at the university, various societies and groups were willing to help me and get me settled. Other than the fact that this University offers one of the best education in the country with the opportunity to interact with the corporate world what I love most about here is the community. Students and staff here are forever helpful. I am yet to meet a person who has refused to help me here. I have been here for 6 months now and trust me, I am yet to miss my home. This place has become truly a home away from home for me. I have a family here. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in International Management and Global Business at the University of Limerick, and that was the best decision I took in the last 2yrs.
I have received help from various volunteers in this university in various forms and its time I give back to the university and I will do it with all my heart. Why I am a good fit for the Ambassador is because I love this place and I would love more students to come here and have what I have. A top-notch education, a beautiful campus and great campus life.
Hadi Abdul Hameed, India
My name is Hadi Abdul Hameed, I am a student currently pursuing Masters in Project Management from the University of Limerick. I hail from India and have a background in Operations Management for more than two year after graduating as an Electronics Engineer.
My story with UL started when my mentor in my last organisation strongly recommended me to pursue MSc in Project Management, after working with him closely for twenty-six months. The obvious choice that he recommended was UL, where he himself have completed this coveted degree in 2012-13. That was the reason why I didn’t give a second thought about the degree or the college I need to be in this beautiful country, which made my decision-making way easier.
I have a strong passion in traveling, exploring new cultures and people from different diverse backgrounds. My favourite part of the campus life here is the clubs and societies, which is distinct and active in organising events and activities every week. I’m a currently a part of nearly five clubs and societies, which keeps me engaged throughout and provides the much-needed academic life balance.
I am proud to be associated to the International Education Division of UL as the International Student Ambassador, where I could meet new people from different coutries and expand my global networks. Life in UL is unique, and I witness the real Irish culture where the hospitality of the people have surprised me.
I has been a great journey ever since I joined here in last September. I am having the best year of my life and that is the reason why I feel choosing UL was indeed one of the best decision I have made in my life.