Oldest Saudi student seeking to get PhD degree
Hamoud al-Shammari told Al Arabiya about his determination to pursue his education, despite being away for 24 years
“Learning is not limited by age” - this is what inspired Abu Fawaz who became the oldest man studying in Saudi universities. He is 66 years old. He worked hard and persevered until he made his way to al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
Uncle Hamoud al-Shammari told Al Arabiya about his determination to pursue his education, despite being away for 24 years. He got back and continued his middle, high school and university education. He will graduate in just 2 years from now.
Shammari said: “I studied the history of religion and I will not stop my studies until I get my PhD. I believe that education is not limited to time as it should be from the cradle to the grave; I raised ten sons and it is time for me now to continue my education.”
Abu Fawaz said: “I first got into the Arabic language department although it was not my ambition, then moved to the history of religion and was encouraged by professors, friends and students. What helped me in my studies was the experience that I have been through in my life, living in the desert and raising 10 children. Many of my colleagues ask for my advice and we all help each other.”
Dr. Fawaz al-Laaboun, head of the literature department at the Faculty of Arabic language at al-Imam University, said that Abu Fawaz caught his attention at the university so he filmed the video that was widely spread later on. Dr. Laaboun told al-Arabiya that he recorded the video to encourage the rest of the students and he did not expect it to go viral.
This article is available in Arabic at AlArabiya.Net.