Tales from Houghton Street: Sajda Qureshi

Description

Date
11/07/2015
Duration
00:21:46
Interviewee
Sajda Qureshi
Interviewer
Clara Cook
Relationship to LSE
1989 Diploma in Management of Information Systems, 1991 MSc Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems, 1995 PhD Information Systems
Subject
Student life at LSE; LSE in the 1990s; Future of LSE; Life after LSE

Summary

Track 1 [21:46] [Session one: 11 July 2015] Sajda Qureshi [SQ], born 1967. 1989 Diploma in Management of Information Systems, 1991 MSc Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems, 1995 PhD Information Systems. Came to LSE 1989. Completed a postgraduate diploma and then an MSc, then went on to do PhD. [01.29] Previously studied in Rome. [01.48] First impressions of LSE, very international, lots of different people and languages. [02.46] Hall of residence and friend there studying Bosnian Muslim women. [03.52] During PhD saw her again leading an EU peace delegation. [05.35] During PhD started an ADMS student society for alumni. [05.50] Worked part time at Commonwealth Secretariat during PhD. [06.30] Enjoyed academic life at LSE, opened up a new world. [06.55] Campus life during MSc and PhD. [07.30] Developed one of the first computer collaborative systems at University of London and implemented at Commonwealth Secretariat. [08.30] Had an office in Lionel Robbins building. After work at the Commonwealth Secretariat headed there to work until the Library closed. [09.25] LSE highlights included relationships with faculty and other students. A wonderful, supportive experience. [10.22] LSE modernised. As an alumni looking at LSE now, disappointed Three Tuns bar not what it was – even though some students were conservative, socialism was part of the culture. This reflects on the realities of our time: culture of individualism. [11.43] As an academic looking at LSE now SQ would like to see a better match between education and jobs; training people for the jobs that are being created. [13.55] Students need skillsets and knowledge: problem solving, critical thinking. [15.13] Worked on European project at LSE for Patrick Humphreys, creating what are now known as apps. [16.36] Describes concept of development, areas that should be addressed through learning and research. [19.16] Would like to see more emphasis on what the world is becoming rather than what is was. [20.03] Concept of the fourth world, divide between the rich and the poor and its relationship with the education system. [21.06] Thoughts about online communities and teaching.

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