Essex student secures Cambridge spot at 17

27th Sep 2013

[ Ahsan “Ruhi” Raza Choudhury]


By Elham Asaad Buaras


An Essex-based student is celebrating his extraordinary achievement of securing entry to Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, at the age 17, having received his offer of entry whilst still 16 years old.


Ahsan  “Ruhi” Raza Choudhury has achieved 4A* at A-Level in Math (at age 14), Further Math (at 16), Physics and Chemistry and an A grade in AS-Level Computing , a self-taught subject not offered at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred .


He will read Computer Science with Math at Cambridge, hoping to complete the full four years of the course leading to an Undergraduate Masters of Engineering.


His latest results are a continuation of his remarkable GCSE results. In 2009 The Muslim News reported how the then 12 year-old Ruhi dropped just a single mark and topped school his school when he attained an A* in Math. Three years later he secured an A* in Physics and Chemistry at 15.


In total Ruhi has amassed  7A* in Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English Literature, History and Award in Digital Applications and four As in Applied Business, Sociology, English Language and German.


Speaking to The Muslim News Ruhi said, “Getting these results were a relief. No matter how well or how badly we feel we may have done at exams, it is extremely difficult to predict what the results will be. Now I am looking forward to, with equal measures of apprehension and excitement, my years at University. I hope to continue to work hard, maintain my devotion to my faith and achieve the best that I can, insha Allah. ”


On his future career plans, Ruhi says, “Computer science is a fundamental component of modern life. I wish to play a key role in this continued progression. I am determined to contribute to shaping a modern and evolving society. I see myself working within a cutting edge research and development environment. I would hope to be at the forefront of innovation within the field. ”


Ruhi is amongst the ever-increasing group of young Bangladeshis who are proving that they are an emerging group, dispelling the tag of under-achievers.


Ruhi has had excellent support from his school.


Harris Academy Chafford Hundred Principal, Nicola Graham, paid tribute to his help to others: “Teaching others is something which has given Ruhi immense satisfaction; indeed he has supported students at ‘A’ Level who are his seniors at school. This is testament to his compassionate and thoughtful nature and ability to integrate with students from a variety of age groups.”


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