Alumni: Shpend Bytyqi – RIT/A.U.K Class of 2013
Shpend Bytyqi graduated from RIT/A.U.K in 2013 with concentrations in Public Policy and Information Technology, and with a minor in International Relations. During his studies, Shpend was awarded the IPKO Foundation Scholarship for Digital Innovation and was a part of the Student Government, first as a Vice President and later as its President. Bytyqi started his career as a Database Engineer for a software development company in Sarasota, Florida in the United States. Later, during his junior and senior years, he was employed by RIT/A.U.K’s Training and Development Institute as an ICT Training Coordinator/Project Manager. After his graduation, Shpend went on to become a Business Developer for CACTTUS J.S.C., a Consultant for the local web-portal Peshku i Artë, and a Chief Technology Officer for the Kosovo Medicines Agency where he is currently working in improving public services offered by the agency through the use of information technology-based solutions.
Regarding his experience at RIT/A.U.K, Shpend states: “Regardless of the concentrations that you decide to pursue, there is a very unique skillset that you will obtain as an RIT/A.U.K student – a skillset that will make you stand out from the crowd, help in defining who you are, and ultimately shape you into the best individual that you can aspire to be, both personally and professionally, as a member of a responsible society”. Bytyqi also states that the intensity and the pace at which you learn is a lesson in itself as it mimics the traits of real-world difficulties and challenges. “The experiences that you will be a part of will broaden your horizons and will prepare you to deal with situations that may occur in later stages of your career”. He mentions that “The sacrifices that you will make in order to dedicate yourself to this experience will be exponentially rewarded when you enter the job market and see all the skills that you have obtained that are now relevant to your career. I encourage future potential students to entrust their future to A.U.K and to make the absolute most of their experience inside and outside of the classroom.” He finishes his statement saying that the RIT/A.U.K system is based on fairness, merit, and intellectual humility.