Kaxin Fan (Kyle)

Programme: MSc Computer Sciencekaixin fan
Domicile: Changchun, China

"Computer science is an important tool to change lives, especially in modern society, the extensive application of advanced computer science and technology such as artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain will greatly promote the development of society." 

Why did you choose your programme and to study at the University of Birmingham Dubai?

I studied engineering for my bachelor degree and had worked in a state-owned company in Beijing for one year. However, I’ve been driven to study computer science and participate in the exciting era of technological innovation, and Dubai is an international and dynamic cosmopolitan to live in. Therefore, I chose to study Computer Science at UoB Dubai.

What has your class experience been like on your degree programme?

The teaching quality, learning support and facilities provided by this campus are the best I have ever received. In the process of learning, teachers can help us learn and live better from classroom knowledge, auxiliary learning (such as improving English), professional skills development (such as applying for doctoral study and future employment planning), etc. All in all, I think it was the best learning experience of my life.

What has your student experience been like so far?

Dubai is a safe and international city. The staff and academic tutors at the University have provided great help for me, which enables me to settle in quickly. The staff helped me check in the student apartment on my arrival and I’ve absolutely enjoyed living here. The student accommodation is well equipped with kitchens, gyms, study rooms and free shuttle buses.

As the campus is new and smaller compared with the Birmingham campus, we are able to make full use of all the fantastic facilities and resources provided and better assisted on a one to one level.

It took me some time to get used to the English-taught classrooms. However, my tutors have been very friendly and make the class very interesting to attend. They are always patient to help with my questions.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

If you’re planning to study abroad at university level, I truly believe University of Birmingham Dubai campus is a great option. Especially for students like me who were not confident in studying and living in an English-speaking environment, you will find it much easier to settle in the life here as the University provides significant support for every student and the life pace in Dubai is not too fast.