“I always wanted to start my own business, but in a data-related field. IE University offered me the opportunity to pursue both my interests without sacrificing either.”
Abdul Salam, Pakistan
Chasing success by embracing challenges and questioning the status quo
Abdul was first drawn to IE University for two reasons: the tight-knit community and the program’s professional focus. These are both aspects that he credits with helping him on his educational journey. By working so closely with others, he is able to learn from their experiences, which provides him with an understanding of the world beyond the classroom. In this way, he’s able to benefit from the institution’s approach and learn to think like a professional alongside his classmates. He maintains that IE University encourages them to be efficient and analytical—not something every university is able to offer.
But there was also a more practical reason Abdul decided to enroll. A budding entrepreneur, he’s interested in starting his own business in a data-related field, whether in financial analysis or investment banking. By choosing this dual degree program, he was able to pursue both interests, without sacrificing either. He enjoys exploring the subjects he’s interested in from various perspectives, which he believes deepens his learning experience.
When not studying or developing his business idea, Abdul is very active on campus and describes his experience at IE University as adventurous. While he acknowledges there are lots of clubs and initiatives you can take part in, one in particular drew his interest: field hockey. He has wanted to play the sport for many years but only now has he had the chance to explore his passion.