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Panagiotis Panas

Panagiotis Panas

The high standard of education and benefits of living in the heart of one of the world's greatest cities led me to City University London.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

The high standard of education and benefits of living in the heart of one of the world's greatest cities led me to City, University of London. Having been an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering, I immediately realised the high quality of the programme. My undergraduate studies have been essential to my development as a civil engineer and provided me with the skills applicable to the multi-disciplinary field of civil engineering. My collaboration with the academic staff was always excellent and the pleasant environment for studying encouraged me to continue as a postgraduate student in the field of structural engineering, so as to achieve my initial goal of becoming a chartered engineer.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I really enjoyed expanding my knowledge and developing skills through a very challenging and intensive course. I firmly believe that the MSc in Civil Engineering Structures includes all the core modules necessary for me to excel in the field of structural engineering and pursue a career as an engineer that meets modern challenges.

What has been your favourite module and why?

Dealing with structures subjected to extremely high dynamic loading, such as earthquakes, is something that I really like. Having been exposed to modules such as Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Analysis of Structures, advanced concepts and principles of engineering have both fired my imagination as well as helped me develop rational thinking.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

In May 2015, I was selected as the recipient of the Skinners' Company Atwell Bursary for my strong track record of academic excellence. This scholarship is not only a reward for my effort during my time in higher education, but also a strong motivation to work more and harder.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I always had an interest in fields other than civil engineering. Instead of continuing onto a PhD in Civil Engineering I have decided to attend a second MSc in Financial Management at City, which will give me the opportunity to further broaden my horizons. I feel confident that the strong mathematical background, in combination with the critical thinking I developed on the Civil Engineering Structures MSc, will contribute positively to my studies as a postgraduate student in a completely different field.