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Astrit Mehmeti

Senior Professor - DeVry University Chicago
Teaching Field: Electronics & Computer Technology (ECT)
"DeVry is unique in its teaching methodologies because it gives its students the crucial hands-on learning experience that they deserve in order to survive and progress in today's professional workplace. DeVry University is by far further ahead of other schools in terms of faculty, curriculum delivery and graduate employment assistance."

Where I come from

I came to this country in 1972 from the former Yugoslavia with a suitcase of old clothes and no money in my pocket. I feel very lucky. Before DeVry University, I had a successful run with "corporate America" for 17 years as a renowned IT Manager and programmer for a national corporation headquartered in the downtown Chicago area.

DeVry University gave me a chance to satisfy my first love, teaching. Even as a kid, I imagined standing up in front of a class and sharing my knowledge, as my father did. He was an elementary school teacher - my teacher once. He was my idol. I remember looking into his eyes as he would lecture to his students, and I could see compassion and his love for teaching radiate from him. He was the type of person who simply loved to reach out and help people; more specifically, to share his wealth of knowledge in the classroom to help shape his students and prepare them for the long and sometimes difficult journeys they would encounter in life. Seeing that "one man can make a difference" helped to shape me into the man and educator I have become.

The rewards of teaching

Teaching does not pay as well as my former corporate job. Our reward is later and spiritual. My father helped and sponsored many people in our community, and they looked up to him. I think of him now when I meet former students out in the world, as professionals and in chance encounters. Recently I ran into a former student in City Hall. He said, "You don't have to wait in line, Professor. That's the least I can do for you." Also, my kids were students in some of my classes. I was very proud to be their teacher, but I expect it was hard for them.

IT professional

I have been teaching at DeVry University for approximately 20 years. I teach on a full-time basis, and remain extremely active in the IT profession: as a member of IT and professional societies and organizations, as the author of articles in the field, and as a participant, presenter and collaborator in IT conferences and seminars nationwide and even abroad.

I am actively involved in promoting, collaborating and teaching abroad in universities that are currently attaining a strong foothold on the IT industry and are gaining popularity within their society. DeVry University paid for me to get my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Polytechnic Institute of Tirana in Albania, which deepened my perspective on the immigrant experience.

Bridging two worlds

I consistently strive to adapt new methodologies and teachings from corporate America and in turn, pass that knowledge and information on to each and every student. That keeps them abreast of new topics and gives them a grasp of what's truly occurring out there in the "real world." Because of this, they learn to appreciate and relate what they learn in the classroom with what's out there in their field.

Through collaboration with professionals and organizations outside of the campus, I strive to effectively match up my Senior Project students with industry-leading organizations that provide key, hands-on, real-world experience to the students. This helps to not only give them that corporate America expertise, but also helps to shape them into the industry professionals they are looking to become.

What sets DeVry University students apart

I have been fortunate to teach both undergraduate and graduate students at DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management. DeVry University students are successful because they bring a "middle-class, working-class" attitude to the classroom. They bring the necessary attributes such as positive attitude, excellent interpersonal and communications skills. In addition, they are not afraid of hard work, struggle and sacrifice. This sets them apart from other university students because they know that they are completely responsible for their ultimate success or failure.

A bond of trust, concern and attention

The ideal teaching/learning environment is one in which the professor and students share mutual goals and responsibilities for the education process. Both parties have to put out 110% effort. My teaching style is one where the students know that I genuinely care for them and their ability to support their families. I develop a bond of trust, concern and attention that they will experience no where else. I extensively interact with students outside of my classroom via office hours, email and college chat rooms. In addition, I enjoy working with them on senior projects, academic competitions, and at on-site companies for special school projects.

Why DeVry?

DeVry University is unique in its teaching methodologies because it gives its students the crucial hands-on learning experience that they deserve in order to survive and progress in today's professional workplace. DeVry University is by far further ahead of other schools in terms of faculty, curriculum delivery and graduate employment assistance.

DeVry University is truly an educational leader that focuses its resources on empowering its faculty, staff and administration to do what they do best: teach, mentor and guide the students on their path to success. The numbers speak for themselves. More than 90% of DeVry University graduates who actively pursue employment hold positions in their chosen field within 6 months of graduation. This means students earn more than a degree at DeVry University. They'll get career education that leads them straight into the professional world.

Can other universities make such a bold statement and have the numbers and proof to back it up?