The achievements of Shahzaib Ali Abbasi, an A-levels student at FFC Grammar School in the Mirpur Mathelo area in Sindh, have made his parents and teachers alike extremely proud. He was certified as the worlds' number 1
Shahzaib Ali Abbasi
The achievements of Shahzaib Ali Abbasi, an A-levels student at FFC Grammar School in the Mirpur Mathelo area in Sindh, have made his parents and teachers alike extremely proud. He was certified as the world’s number 1 student in the Cambridge O-level examinations for mathematics held by Cambridge University, UK. He has also achieved the regional O-Level distinction in computer studies. However, Shahzaib has always been a bright student and has been at the top of his class since grade 3.
His latest achievement is getting the coveted and honourable mention in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2013 held in Colombia in South America, as well as an honorable mention in the Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad, amongst other accolades. Students from more than 100 countries participated in the Olympiad, and the eligibility for the IMO itself was a tough task, allowing only the brightest students and some of the best minds in the world to participate.
Despite achieving so much, Shahzaib cannot be considered a bookworm. His father Zulfiqar Ali Abbasi, who is an officer in the agricultural department, was an aspiring cricketer in his youth. His desire was to play for Pakistan, but unfortunately couldn’t make it. Now the proud father's son is fulfilling many of his dreams. Shahzaib is quite an athlete, making time for sports, but his first love is definitely mathematics. Much so, that whilst travelling he keeps a diary and pen ready and keeps solving mathematical problems along the way.
Shahzaib has already received scholarship from some of the world’s major institutions such as offers King’s College in London, Bath University in the UK, and the University of Hong Kong but he dreams of a studying for a bachelor’s degree at the coveted Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA.
Shahzaib Ali Abbasi doesn’t want to become the conventional engineer or doctor, but prefers to become a scientist to serve the masses by overcoming the energy crisis in Pakistan. His parents initially wanted Shahzaib to become a doctor, but over time they have understood the importance of freedom of academic choice, so are happy with his choice of career. Shahzaib’s younger brother Waqas and sister Rabia Shahzaib and are following in his footsteps by excelling in their studies.
His first role model is his mother who is a teacher and lecturer at his old school. She is a gold-medalist who got her MSc in Chemistry from Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur. He also wishes to be like Pakistan’s first Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Dr Abdul Salam towards making Pakistan proud.
Shahzaib attributes all of his success to his parents and teachers, expressing gratitude to God for making him capable of being successful each time. His message to fellow Pakistani students and youngsters is to seek education and keep an eye on their goals. Each Pakistani, young or old, can achieve any heights as long as he is able to stay on a positive path and use their talent.