From Mozambique to Germany
UTP’s Global Citizen Raring to Launch a Career as a Data Scientist
"I have already experienced Africa and Asia, and now I'm really looking forward to launching a career in the fields of data science and AI in Europe," says Augusto Samuel Simbine, 26, a Bachelor of Computer Science student at UTP.
Following his successful internship at EDI GmbH, a data science and AI company in Karlsruhe, Germany, Augusto is relishing the prospect of a return to Germany soon.
The Mozambican, who aspires to be a data scientist, flew off to Germany for his internship on the 1st of October 2018. "When I first arrived, everything was new to me. The cold weather, infrastructure, transportation and facilities," shares Augusto.
Speaking of his 7-month internship, he says, "It's been a revelation. The company is more than just about profits. It's also a social change organisation. There, I really appreciate the relationships they cultivate among the employees. I can talk to the CEO and other seniors as if they were friends."
He adds, "I was always invited to big meetings because they wanted me to be a part of the decision making process. I believe, their culture really sets them apart as a leader in technology."
As a system analyst and designer, during his internship, Augusto was a key cog when the company was developing its new software. According to Augusto, the new software will be at the heart of data management and the development of future AI models to help various industries namely automotive and engineering attain a focal point in Industry 4.0.
"Data is so dynamic. We need full-time people devoted to monitoring information, looking more deeply at the numbers, and using it to plan strategies for the future," shares Augusto.
Furthermore, his internship in Germany has also brought many new experiences outside of work for the Mozambican. He says, "For the first time in my life, I got the opportunity to go snowboarding. Plus I visited BMW, Mercedes and Porsche's museums there."
Following his Diploma in Electronics & Telecommunications from Mozambique's National Aeronautics School (ENA), Augusto's passion for enterprising ideas and his ability as a collaborative challenger have stood him in good stead with the German company.
In turn, before the end of his internship, the German company has expressed genuine interests to hire Augusto after he finishes his study at UTP.
Augusto says, "Firstly, I chose UTP because I always appreciate the university's research expertise in electronics, robotics, automation and IT. Academically, it's the best I know. The lecturers here are really good. They assist the students as much as they can and they want to see you constantly developing and improving."
Also, Augusto points out that UTP's education offers unrivalled support in helping its students become well-rounded global citizens. Augusto, who is a member of UTP's kayak team says, "In 2015, UTP sponsored us to take part in the Air Asia Bali Beach Run 2015 in Indonesia."
The path to a great career start has panned out great for Augusto. Next, Augusto will join a long list of UTP's conscious graduates hungry to make an impact. He says, "Apart from my education, I want my skills to be used for social good."
Indeed, Augusto is another prime example of UTP's profound career connected learning and industry collaboration. From the work we do, we foster long-term relationships with our global social-impact partners to prepare our students, people and researchers as global citizens.
As a leading university in engineering, science and technology, our graduates are driven to exceed their professional objectives and contribute towards overcoming capability deficit across all sectors and industries.