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Studying collaboratively with professionals from around the world was an “amazing experience” for University of Liverpool Computer Science master’s graduate Jason Micallef, who heads the Product UX & Creative Services division for GFI Software (Malta) and its parent company Aurea Software in Texas, USA.

“Although I work with a lot of people from different countries, it’s an amazing experience to be able to share thoughts and participate in research and academic activities in a virtual classroom with people from diverse professions, cultures and countries,” said Jason, who won a Student of the Year award for his outstanding performance in the online IT master’s degree.

“I enjoyed the weekly forum discussions during which you could peer review the posts made by other students and explore topics comprehensively – not only from a theoretical and academic standpoint, but also with an added cultural viewpoint.”

This brought benefits at work: “Learning in a cross-cultural setting helped frame my thoughts on how to create and present content for an international audience,” he said. “Amongst key takeaways, this learning experience has helped me develop a more comprehensive approach to research and an increased understanding (and mindfulness) of cross-cultural communications.

“These traits were gradually built throughout the programme and have helped me immensely to improve my communications with people working remotely, particularly the way I articulate a message and how to structure it to minimise cross-cultural issues.”

Jason chose the online programme so that he could fit his studies in around his hectic schedule – even studying while travelling for business. “On more than one occasion, I started writing an assignment in one country and ended it another, thousands of kilometres away,” he said.

Excellence and the right balance

The University’s international reputation and its track record in IT were among the factors that attracted Jason to choose the online master’s. “The University of Liverpool is one of the few prestigious UK universities to offer distance learning online degree programmes that matter and are widely recognised,” he said. “The University was immediately one of my shortlisted options because of its rich portfolio of programmes coupled with an excellent track record of success both on campus and online.”

Jason also found that the online programme’s structure was “logical, easy to understand, the right duration and with the right balance between flexibility and a structured framework.”

Research and potential

For his master’s research, Jason focused on the use of mobile devices in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) landscape – a topic which he may explore in more detail later. “My online study experience has been intensive, insightful and memorable,” said Jason, “I can recommend the University of Liverpool as the right journey to achieve your potential.”

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