Monish Kotak

Our 2016 MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Alumnus and entrepreneur Monish Kotak from India worked with the University's Business Start-up Service to set up his company.  DELHOP is a B2B logistics solution for restaurants.  Monish is a recipient of the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa and DELHOP have secured significant investment, they launched in Leeds from mid-September, growing the team from three to five members and 100 drivers with ambitions to expand to other big cities in the UK.

I chose to study at the University of Leeds as it offered an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering with the flexibility of choosing the modules of my choice. Other universities I was looking at were not offering the same flexibility. The cherry on top was the ranking of the School of Mechanical Engineering which was ranked number one in the UK according to The Guardian. The reputation and teaching of the faculty was one of the best in the UK. Facilities available to the students is marvellous for any research and teaching course. I had more practical assessments and hands-on experience of the coursework than just the theories.

Student support

I still remember the first day I arrived on the campus. There were student volunteers and staff members everywhere to make you comfortable and help you get registered and also get you a local bank account. My personal tutor was more like a friend. We were told to meet them once every semester but I would go to him every other week. I told him about my business idea and plan. He was nothing but supportive. Also my Head of School supported me with this as well as my dissertation.
Future career

While I was studying I was aware of the Careers Centre and graduate scheme with fairs in the Edge (the University’s sports and exercise centre) hall. My CV was updated with the help of the Careers Centre’s staff. I landed my first interview and assessment centre in two months of starting my course but my heart was elsewhere in something that I wanted to do by myself and for the economy. I went to SPARK and met Brian and he recommended the bootcamp that they run for personal development and I attended a lot of networking events through the University.

Life in Leeds

I have been living abroad for five years now. Prior to the UK, I was in Singapore studying there. I loved the campus here and felt at home. There are lot of options for food and societies to keep you engrossed and there is lots to see in Yorkshire. Also the British students are lovely to mingle with which is an advantage of a true international campus where you meet people from everywhere to learn more about them and their culture.

I would love for more Indian students to come and study here as the education is top-notch and the campus is truly international. The education offered here and the reputation it holds opens lot of opportunities for a better future globally.               

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