Student Q&A: Muadh Ali, an avid social media user, hopes to boost learning in his native Oman


Muadh Ali: "I am passionate about online journalism."

The Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University is well known for its global outreach and diversity, with more than 65 nations represented among its students since its creation in 2007. This academic year, Global Business Journalism welcomed for the first time a student from Oman.


Born in Muscat, 25-year-old Muadh Ali graduated from Sur College of Applied Sciences in Oman. He studied Mass Media Communication. After his 2017 graduation, Muadh worked for an engineering company as a human resources officer and employees relations specialist for 10 months before applying to the GBJ program. He was interviewed by Global Business Journalism's Bapati Mmotlanyane of Botswana.


Q: What attracted you to the Global Business Journalism program?


A: The exciting part about this program is not only in academics but also the atmosphere created by its diversity.


Q: Can you give me an example of this special atmosphere?


A: We have lunch together once in a week and share our stories and experiences.


Q: How would you like to apply the knowledge you gain from Global Business Journalism?


A: I am planning on completing a doctorate at Tsinghua University before heading back to Oman to help improve education as a lecturer.


Q: Why Tsinghua?


A: Tsinghua University has the perfect atmosphere set all round to harness the education strategies and programs which will be very vital for my educational projects in Oman.


Q: How do you keep up with news from home and around the world?


A: I am a loyal follower of a blog called Social Media Today, a blog that relies on a huge network of contributors who share content on any topics related to social media. I like this blog because I am passionate about online journalism. The blog reports on developments in social media as well as marketing tools that are helpful or useful in topics like digital reporting.


In addition to his academic achievements, Muadh Ali was a star football player for the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication.