Venezuelski student putuje svijetom promovirajući "Slobodno znanje"

Damian Finol nije stranac međunarodnim putovanjima. Kada je bio beba, roditelji su ga doveli iz Maracaiba, Venecuela, u SAD, kako bi mogli pohađati poslijediplomski studij. Više od 25 godina kasnije, Damian se vratio u SAD za svoje vlastito poslijediplomsko obrazovanje iz računalnih znanosti na Maharishijevom sveučilištu za menadžment.

Damian’s love of traveling has led to work with the Wikimedia Foundation, where he helps establish Wikimedia chapters on every continent to bring “slobodno znanje” worldwide—a major accomplishment of which he is very proud. He is one of only 8-10 international Wikimedia Chapter Committee members with this distinction.

Damian Finol u Ujedinjenim narodima u New Yorku.

Na primjer, u 2006-u, Damian je održao prezentaciju na Wikimania na Sveučilištu Harvard o korištenju Wikipedija in Native South American tribes in northwestern Venezuela. Then, in 2008, in the historic Library in Alexandria, Egypt, Damian lectured on, “Social attitudes of Latin Americans toward Spanish Wikipedia.” This 25-minute lecture can be viewed at the movie archive of the Library.

Zaklada ga i dalje šalje u različite zemlje kako bi uspostavila poglavlja za očuvanje i širenje slobodnog znanja. Sljedećeg mjeseca odlazi u Njemačku tijekom proljetnog raspusta u MUM.

IT iskustvo

Dok je studirao kao inženjer informatike na Sveučilištu Rafael Belloso Chacin u Maracaibu, Damian se uglavnom bavio JSP / Servletovima, a zatim se prebacio na administraciju Unix / Linux sustava. To se razvilo u IT Security, gdje je radio za dvije najveće banke u Venezueli. Bio je odgovoran za upravljanje sigurnošću velikog broja projekata, uključujući EMV tehnologiju čipova na kreditnim / debitnim karticama i PCI-DSS Compliance (prema zahtjevima VISA / MasterCard).

Od 2008-2011-a, Damian je podučavao SQL / baze podataka, upravljanje projektima, sustave, IT sigurnost i Linux kao Izvanredni profesor informatike na Sveučilištu Nueva Esparta u Caracasu.

Obrazovanje na MUM-u

Nakon 5-6 godina softverskog inženjerstva, Damian je odlučio nastaviti akademsku pripremu s magisterijem. Nekoliko prijatelja je voljelo svoja iskustva na MUM-u, a nakon nekih istraživanja odlučio je da nastavni plan i program (7-8 mjeseci tečajeva, studira jedan tečaj mjesečno s punim radnim vremenom, nakon čega slijedi do dvije godine plaćenog ovlaštenog praktičnog osposobljavanja u američkoj tvrtki). ) bio je najprivlačniji. Također mu se svidjela činjenica da program potiče osobni rast kroz praksu Program Transcendentalne Meditacije®.

According to Damian, “MSCS courses at MUM are incredibly up-to-date. Classes in software development, programming practices, etc., teach the latest practical skills and algorithms, so you’re ready for the current job field.”

Život na MUMI

Even though Damian is accustomed to a much warmer Venezuelan climate, the few months of cold Fairfield, Iowa weather don’t bother him. “The human warmth among students, Computer Science administrators, and the caring, experienced faculty at MUM is very comforting.”

“People on campus and in the community are very friendly to the diverse student body. There are lots of activities in the Latino clubs, and a welcoming Catholic Church nearby. Nakon samo nekoliko dana u kampusu, možete početi zvati sveučilište kao svoj drugi dom,” adds Damian.

Zablude prije dolaska u MUMU

“My main misconception when I heard and read about MUM was the Transcendental Meditation Movement behind it, and how it sounded like a religious movement. This of course wasn’t the case. Tehnika transcendentalne meditacije nije ni na koji način povezana s religijom i podržana je više od 600 znanstvenih studija koje dokumentiraju prednosti u svim područjima života.. It’s a technique that helps the mind like yoga helps the body. So learning about it, and experiencing what it was all about showed me that TM is a universal technique that improves precision and clarity of thinking, and creativity, which make algorithms easier to design.”

“The MUM community is very multicultural. Students come from many different backgrounds, cultures and religions: from Arabs, to Indians, Nepalese, Ethiopians, Chinese, and of course Latinos. The University has a big Christian community (Catholic, Protestant), and other religions too (Muslim, Hindu, etc.). MUM encourages students to observe religious holidays and fosters students to express their culture and religion freely. There’s no incompatibility between the Transcendental Meditation Movement and religion or culture.”

Golovi

Damian misli da je veliki, i svi koji ga upoznaju impresionirani su njegovom dobrom prirodom, uravnoteženom osobnošću, profesionalnom kompetencijom, samopouzdanjem i motivacijom za uspjeh. Volio bi pomoći u stvaranju sljedećeg Googlea ili Facebooka i već planira pokrenuti vlastitu IT tvrtku, Nakon što je u lipnju završio svoje kolegije na kampusu, Damian planira zauzeti staž u blizini obitelji u Seattleu dok uživa u ugodnom, sigurnom i sretnom životu.

Savjeti za profesionalce softvera

“My advice is to go for it. Don’t be afraid to see the world and experience life. Coming to MUM has been a tremendously positive experience—one that I’m sure I’ll remember fondly for many decades. It’s a fun place to study and to grow.”

"The University isn’t just here to teach about Computer Science, but also to help you grow as a person. That’s not something that is seen in other universities. In a regular university, knowledge is taught without thinking how the body and mind process it. At MUM there’s also a focus on how development of mind and body makes that knowledge useful and more insightful. It truly is a different (and positive) way of learning.”

Pogledajte videozapis o Damianu i našem MSCS programu na usluzi YouTube.