Social media giant Facebook has hired two former students of Sylhet’s Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) as software engineers at its London office.
Moudud Ahmed Shahriar and M Nazim Uddin, both students of computer science and engineering from the 2013-14 session at Sust, received their appointment letters on Thursday, they told reporters.
Talking about the recruitment process he faced, he said his experiences of participation in different competitions, including programming, at the university had helped him nail the interviews and tests taken by Facebook in multiple phases.
In 2017, both Shariar and Nazim were team members of “Sust Team X” which became runner-up in the Dhaka round of International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC). This allowed them to join the final round at Peking University in China in April, 2018.
Later that year, Shahriar led the team “Sust Desifredor” which won the top spot in the Dhaka round of ICPC. Following that, Shahriar participated in the final round held in Portugal in April 2019.
Expressing his joy over the appointment, Shahriar added: “There are many students in our country who are qualified to work at Facebook or Google. But they are missing out on opportunities due to a lack of proper guidance. I plan to work on addressing this in future as well.”
Nazim said it has been his dream to work with the world's best engineers at tech giants such as Facebook and Google since he started programming in 2014.
“Finally, in June this year, I was contacted by Facebook and Google both for interviews. I gave six interviews each to both companies in a span of two months.
“Afterwards, I received job offers from both Facebook and Google. But I have decided to join Facebook's London office. If there are no complications, I will join next February,” added Nazim.
The news of the two former Sust students came several hours before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the parent company's name is being changed to "Meta" -- to represent a future beyond just its troubled social network.
The new handle comes as the social media giant tries to fend off one of its worst crises yet and pivot to its ambitions for the "metaverse" virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future, reports AFP.