Confident young medical professional with glasses, donned in a crisp white coat, and a stethoscope draped around his neck, with a big smile on his face.

Raja Al-Alami, a distinguished British Council Partner School alumnus, has amassed exceptional achievements throughout his academic and professional life – a testament to the transformative power of education and personal growth. From his endeavours in school to his commitment to community service, Raja’s journey is an example of how passion and dedication can shape a bright future.

Crediting the career counseling available at The Baptist School, a British Council Partner School in Jordan, he knew from there on out he would like to pursue a medical degree at Altinbas University in Turkey and become a doctor. He credits the school’s robust curriculum and several sources of support made available throughout his final years of school and during his international GCSEs– an assurance of the British Council’s UK International School Qualifications. 

“The guidance I received during my school days, coupled with the flexibility to choose from a diverse range of subjects during O-Levels and A-Levels, empowered me to make informed decisions about my academic and professional trajectory,” said Raja. “Additionally, the option of reviewing exam papers following results provided me with invaluable insights for personal growth and improvement.”

Raja attributes his early success in medical school to his international GCSEs education. The comprehensive curriculum and academic standards – set by the British Council - provided a solid foundation for his future endeavours. By completing A-Level subjects during his GCSE years, Raja gained a distinct advantage in scientific subjects, setting him apart from his peers and enabling him to excel academically.

As he reflects on his journey, he vividly recalls the moment he received a recommendation letter from his university advisor. The letter, filled with pride from his professor, highlighted the growth Raja had experienced from his first year until graduation. This heartfelt endorsement served as a catalyst to continually strive for excellence in his own unique way.

“I firmly believe in the profound impact of volunteering, community service, and extracurricular activities – all starting from when I was still in school and instilled in me by our school’s encouragement to pursue them,” adds Raja. “They are such key avenues for self-discovery too. Through such engagements, one can unearth their true passions and strengths, ultimately shaping their personal and professional identity.”

Raja especially acknowledges the significant impact of his international GCSE Coordinator, Ms. Randa Shariha. As a mentor, she guided and inspired her students to achieve their goals while providing feedback on their strengths and areas for improvement.