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Aftercompleting my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from College of Scienceand Technology, Royal University of Bhutan in 2009, I have joined Druk GreenPower Corporation Limited, a hydropower company mandated to investigate andmanage hydropower assets in Bhutan.

Before arriving at Deakin, I have beenexclusively involved in the planning, design-engineering and execution ofhydropower and infrastructure projects carried out the company. I believe that the Master’s Degree unlikeBachelor’s Degree is an independent-study program focused on research-basedlearning.Thefirst research project that I have carried out, as part of a partialfulfillment of a Bachelors program, is on the ‘Influence of compaction moisturecontent on unconfined compression strength of residual soil blended withcement’ under the supervision of 2 college lecturers. The topic of project was proposedand finalized after discussion with the group members and project guides. Theproject involved carrying out research as well as intensive experiments inlabs. Integration of information through research and the results obtained fromlabs was found the most challenging part of the process. Preparing a conciseand clear Abstract was another challenge I have faced.

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However, with timelyguidance from guides and good team spirit developed amongst the members, theproject was completed on time and with quality, which I found was the mostrewarding part. The research project was finally presented for assessment and waswell-received by audience. ResearchProject to be carried out at Master’s Level would require extensive research onthe topic including proper referencing styles. Aftera week’s IAP, I have realized that I can learn and adapt to the western styleof learning (independent and research-based learning). It was a whole newexperience for me to learn in a multi-diverse environment of internationalstudents from various background and found to be deeply enriching.

Face-to-faceinteraction with teacher and group discussion was instrumental in not onlyimproving my communications skills but also seen as an effective method oflearning and sharing of knowledge. Contrary to the education system (Indianeducation system) I was brought-up with, I feel that western education systemprovided more platform for students to be independent learners and explore theirarea of weaknesses and improve on it which I think is the most effectivelearning method. Digital literacy is considered inevitable in the western styleof learning which focusses on finding rational methods/techniques effectively tosolve problems through research and critical analysis. I learnt that the more approachable the teacher is, the more can welearn through interaction in class.Deakinis a well renowned university in Australia and getting an opportunity to studyhere is a great achievement for my qualification upgradation and my career.

In order to successfully complete myMaster’s program in Deakin, I intend to carry out in-depth research on thevarious techniques, methodology and appropriate referencing styles during the 5weeks of IAP.