We are delighted to announce that AKU-ISMC graduate Walid Abdelaziz Akef has been accepted by Harvard University to take a PhD in History of Art and Architecture. Walid, who graduated in 2018, was awarded ‘Great Distinction’ for his Masters and achieved the highest mark in his year group. His achievement is all the greater as he was accepted at no less than five universities for his PhD.Stephen Lyon, Head of Educational Programmes at AKU-ISMC said; “This is wonderful news and I’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to Walid on this outstanding achievement. We work hard to prepare our students to be able take full advantage of each opportunity they are offered after graduating from our Masters Programme in Muslim Cultures and Walid should be very proud. We wish him all the very best in what I’m, sure will be an interesting and rewarding time at Harvard.”Sharing his thoughts on the opportunity, Walid added; “I was always interested in the history of Islamic art and architecture and did my undergraduate degree in this field in Egypt followed by a master’s degree in art history in Granada, Spain. However, I felt the need for an interdisciplinary curriculum that would broaden my horizons by taking me out of the confines of my field which is why I took a second Masters in Muslim Cultures at ISMC. My experience at ISMC was rather extraordinary; the variety of the course offerings, in addition to the perspicacity of the institute’s faculty are among many advantages I’d like to share. This transformative experience has given me the confidence to apply for a PhD at some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Being accepted by Harvard really is a dream come true.” If you are interested in joining ISMC as a Masters student click here to find out more. The deadline for September 2019 entry is 19 April 2019.