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I’m working on the relationship between China, Iraq and Kurdistan
Dr Sardar's story in his own words
"My name is Sardar Aziz, I studied in UCC in the early 2000s.
I came to Ireland from Iraq for the purpose of living. I settled in Cork with little or no English. I started to learn the language in other places but in order to make it more efficient, I joined the Language Centre. I remember many staff members, Cathy, Sally-Ann, Richard, Brendan. I started with language, but I never left the university fully. I have many different and nice memories of the college. When it comes to the country, the greenness is my first impression: something very different from the Middle East. After learning the language, I continued my study in the department of Government and I obtained my PhD in 2011. My thesis was on the crises of the states in the Arab Middle East. I completed my thesis when the Arab Spring started in the region. My conceptual work captured the complexity of the governing system in the Middle East region. Afterward, I stood for the parliament in Iraqi Kurdistan, losing my seat due to the women quota.
In 2014 I got a job as a senior adviser in the Kurdistan parliament: I advised the speaker and I focused on parliamentary diplomacy. I wrote on many governing aspects of the Kurdistan region: political economy, energy, statehood, regional relations, Turkish politics. Currently, I’m working on the relationship between China, Iraq and Kurdistan, an emerging complex relationship that has an impact on every aspect of life in the region, especially in the coming era of big power competition and multipolarity."
I came to Ireland to work as a medical research fellow
Wei's story in his own words
"My name is Wei Lan. I am originally from China. I am working as a consultant Anaesthesiologist and Pain Specialist in Cork, Ireland.
First of all, I would like to congratulate the 25th Anniversary of the Language Centre in UCC. Secondly, I would like to thank Ms. Carolyn O'Brien and the Language Centre, UCC for giving me the opportunity to share my experience with others.
Having embarked on an anaesthetic career in China, I travelled to Ireland to undertake research and further my anaesthetic career in 1999. I came to Ireland work as a medical research fellow (Medical Doctorate Degree) in the Surgical Research Department, UCC, in Cork University Hospital. In order to improve my English language skills and prepare for the IELTS to pursue my medical career in Ireland, I attended the English course in the Language Centre in UCC. During that time, I met a number of English teachers in the Language Centre and I gained great help from each one of them. I passed the IELTS in year 2000. I would like to thank Mr. Joe French in particular, for his fantastic teaching, support and friendship over the years.
I have welcomed the opportunity afforded and completed my training in Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine in Ireland and the U.K.. Currently, I am working as a consultant Anaesthesiologist and Pain Specialist in Cork University Hospitals Group (Cork University Hospital, South Infirmary University Hospital and Mallow General Hospital). I enjoyed and benefited from the experience in Cork over the years. Now, I am one of the frontline healthcare workers to provide medical care to the patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic."
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