When I decided to pursue higher education with an industry experience of eight years in my profile, my resolute focus was to experience a masters programme that would challenge and exploit my global industry experience.

I was hooked to Masters of Engineering Management – Master of Business Administration at University of Sydney (UTS), a programme which is unique in its intentions, content and framework.

The application of management to engineering organisations aka management of engineering organisations is what this programme equips you with.

Australia was a careful decision owing to the costs involved, quality of education and post education benefits compared to other parts of the world.

UTS was very much a conscious decision owing to its credibility, engineering research activities, academic facilities, industry centric faculty, practice based education model and above its location – at the heart of Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

The university advocates education for the global business market and therefore we have our fellow uni-mates from all parts of the globe. The faculty boasts of members who have decades of industry experience and the activities in classes involve group works, seminars, research, paper presentation and case studies which are as competitive and engaging as any workplace.

When I first landed in Sydney, I was apprehensive of settling down and getting habituated to the uni (its how a university is called in Australia) life.

UTS has a wonderful orientation programme that familiarises you with everything that you need to establish yourself in Australia.

An amazing initiative by name “Peer-Networking” which happens during the orientation weeks exposes you to hundreds of existing students who volunteer to care, guide, and help the new students to settle down.

Trust me, the feeling is awesome and you feel part of the family where you have a lot of people behind you in any need.

Presently, I am a peer-networker and this is perhaps my way of giving something back to UTS.

“Student Jobs” – is a UTS initiative that facilitates opportunities to students to work part-time in the uni, thereby earning living expenses.

I work at the uni and could find an amiable balance between by work, studies, research and chill-outs.

The UTS library has millions of titles and is one of the best in New South Wales. I would describe the library at UTS as a benchmark of integration of technology and knowledge.

In UTS digital library, you have knowledge at your finger tips, literally.

Sydney is urbanised and multi-cultural. There are lot of beaches around and plenty of places to hang around. The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower and Observatory are some of the magnificent pieces of architecture in the world.

The life is very vibrant and peppy where you build acquaintances and relationships with people from all parts of the world. In the process, you transform yourself to a global citizen and tend to see the “bigger picture” always.

Rekil Suma Ravikumar

MBA student at University of Technology, Sydney.

email: rekil.sr@gmail.com