Mohamed Abou Hashem
M.Sc. in Advanced Computing Program at King's College London/2019-2020
  • Abou Hashem first requested a fund to join the M.Sc. program in Computer Science at AUC. We all encouraged him to seek a fellowship abroad as we saw great potential in him.
  • He was offered a full-tuition scholarship (worth £25,000) by King’s College London (as a winner of King’s International Scholarship) to pursue their Advanced Computing M.Sc. program. Artificial intelligence is a major theme in the program, which offers about 10 AI-focused courses (which can be grouped to earn an Artificial Intelligence MSc degree). With the tuition almost covered by the scholarship (tuition fees are £25,500), Al Alfi Foundation supported him with the living expenses. It is worth mentioning that he was also awarded a 50% tuition waiver (£11,400) at the University of Nottingham in the Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) MSc program (1 year). He preferred KCL, and we were very supportive.
  • One year later, he got his Master’s with Distinction, and his AI-focused thesis was among the top submissions across the department. He assumed a research role afterward while hunting for a Ph.D. project of his interest. In May 2021, he was awarded a scholarship by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to do his Ph.D. in AI Security. The scholarship was initially aimed at UK citizens, but an exception has been made in his case. He is now in the second year of his Ph.D. program