RIT Dubai student takes gold at International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition

Planetary science enthusiast on a mission for career in space exploration

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai student, Alisher Beisembekov, has boosted his ambitions to be part of the future of space exploration by securing the gold honor in this year’s International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition (IAAC 2022). 

A student of computer science at RIT Dubai, Alisher was driven by his childhood passion for physics and inspired by the UAE’s remarkable strides in space exploration to participate in IAAC 2022. Among a field over 4600 contenders worldwide, Alisher was one of 1400 students to make it through the qualification and pre-final rounds. Earning the gold honor in the final stage of the challenge, Alisher was ranked among the top 3% of all participants in the competition. He also secured the national award for the highest nationwide score in his home country, Kazakhstan.

Speaking about his motivation and success in the event, Alisher said, “I’ve been fascinated by astronomy and astrophysics from a very young age and would take any opportunity to learn more and develop my understanding. This competition was both challenging and enjoyable and I was delighted to perform well and receive the gold honor. Most of all, it has helped me to advance skills that I would need for a career in the field.”

Alisher came to Dubai from Kazakhstan to embark on his undergraduate degree studies and has been captivated by the UAE’s space exploration plans and activities. He revealed, “I think the UAE Mars Mission is a genuinely fascinating feat. Gathering data about the planet’s atmosphere is key to the colonization of Mars, which is something all of humanity has a stake in. This Mission contains an ocean of possibilities and the UAE’s ambitious plans for space exploration are something I would like to be part of in the future.”

Established to inspire young people to explore the scientific field, the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition presents students with a series of technical challenges throughout the three-stage process. Displaying his knowledge and skills in subjects ranging from space telescopes to black holes, Alisher impressed the competition organizers throughout each stage of the event. Competition coordinator, Fabian Schneider, remarked, “The whole team is glad that Alisher participated in this year’s edition of IAAC. His submissions were excellent, and I am confident that he has a bright academic career ahead.”

RIT Dubai President, Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf, added, “We pride ourselves in having students like Alisher. The talent and determination that he demonstrates reflects the type of students we are looking for at RIT. Our students have grand plans that extend beyond their university years, they are on missions to create change in various fields, and we provide the required innovative environment and ecosystem at the university to support them to achieve their goals.” 


About RIT Dubai

Established in 2008, RIT Dubai is a not-for-profit global campus of the esteemed Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, one of the world’s leading technological-focused universities with a storied 185 year history. Entering its next stage of growth in the region, RIT Dubai is now operating from phase one of its new $136 million state-of-the-art campus development, which will provide interactive learning space set over 129,000 square meters.

RIT Dubai offers highly valued Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and leadership, engineering, and computing. The curriculum provides students with relevant work experience through an innovative cooperative education program that helps students stand out in today’s highly competitive job market. RIT Dubai offers American degrees, and all of RIT’s programs are UAE Ministry accredited. Students of RIT Dubai also have the unique opportunity to choose to study abroad at the main campus in New York or at one of its other global campuses.

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