Doctoral student Sakil Faizullah worked for the BBC and the United Nations before coming to Grady College to pursue his doctorate. He looks forward to using his academic training to find solutions to global problems. His research focuses on reaching and communicating with disadvantaged population groups by increasing their access to technology.
Faizullah worked in the communications sector for 23 years before deciding to return to academia and pursue his doctoral studies. He always admired teachers, so he decided to change his career and get his doctorate. Faizullah hopes to go into teaching after graduation and is using the opportunities available to doctoral students to hone his teaching skills.
Please provide a brief explanation of your thesis topic and why it is important to you.
“My topic is focused on reaching disadvantaged people with minimal access to technological methods of communication.”
Faizullah’s motivation to complete his degree stems from the lack of access to technological communication methods worldwide. According to the United Nations Development Program, 2.8 billion people live on less than $2 a day. It is difficult to reach these people through current technological means: radio, television and the Internet. Through his research, Faizullah is identifying communications tools that will help engage these populations who have been excluded from global conversations.
“I try to find tools to reach these people who have always remained inaccessible.”
Faizullah’s interest in this topic was sparked during the COVID-19 pandemic when he saw his son and other students transition from an in-person learning environment to an online learning environment. He was living in Bangladesh at the time and found the state of education unsatisfactory because it did not sufficiently engage young students. Many Bangladeshi students have not had the privilege or access to online learning, and nearly a million students have been excluded from online learning initiatives. This disparity in educational opportunities due to lack of access to technology gave rise to Faizullah’s desire to find tools to prevent this from happening again.
Faizullah’s current research focuses on Bangladeshi students, but he believes this information could be implemented on a global scale.
What made you decide to come to Grady College?
Faizullah chose Grady College because of the intellectual minds that make up the program. He values the work and diversity of the college and believes that this college could make his work more meaningful and practical.
In what other projects (research, teaching or other) have you participated as a doctoral student?
Faizullah teaches undergraduate students while conducting research for his doctorate. When he teaches students, he finds that he is constantly learning and enjoys the new ideas that his students bring with them.
“I find teaching students to be really rewarding and I love it.”
What has been the highlight of your doctoral training so far?
Faizullah said that knowing how to implement his research into practical methods of progress has been the highlight of his doctoral training.
He is excited to continue collecting field research in Bangladesh. Faizullah will begin collecting data in Bangladesh next year, but he has already conducted preliminary research among his friends and family in Bangladesh, which has yielded promising results.
“Conducting academic research at the highest level can help reach those on the ground,” Faizullah said. “It will create great relationships and give me a more interesting insight into people and their desires.” »
Date: October 10, 2023
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