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Yadav Sharma Bajagai - Nepal

Course: Master of Animal Studies
Institute: The University of Queensland
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I was sincerely enthusiastic to contribute to the development needs of my country and the region. Australian education helped me to develop my competency and confidence to be the part of change I want to see in my country and the world. Australian education system makes me to think outside the box. In addition, I became able to analyze the development issues/agendas in global perspective.

After completing my Master of Animal Studies from Australia to add to my skills in veterinary science and animal husbandry, I had an opportunity to be involved in designing and implementing a food security enhancement project funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program and supervised by the World Bank. The project’s goal is to reduce poverty and improve sustainable household food security. The initiative focuses on one of the most vulnerable areas of Nepal in regards to food security and if the project is successful, it will sustainably address the issue of food security in the most vulnerable communities in Nepal.

Freedom with discipline in Australian society and university was really conducive to my overall intellectual growth making me independent to face the challenges and better utilize the opportunities in my career pathway. In addition, leadership development program for ALA scholars help me to improve my leadership capabilities. I felt that I was more Confident in my job than before and quality of my work has been increased after returning from Australia. My international exposure and quality education helped me to be promoted into senior officer with the government of Nepal through very competitive process. Networking with wide variety of people and organizations is another most significant achievement of my study in Australia. I am proud to be able to make connections with professionals from different countries in Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and South America.
I have been also involved in community and professional networks. I have worked as the Editor of the Nepalese Veterinary Journal published by Nepal Veterinary Association. My world class academic exposure in Australia helped me to do this job efficiently.  In addition, I have also served as secretary of Association of Nepalese Alumni from Australia. Apart from these, I am running a non-profit blog in the area of food security, climate change and sustainability ( 

In 2012, I received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Australian Government (Australian Trade Commission) and Australia Future Unlimited. Also, I have been awarded with the most prestigious national medal (Mahendra Vidya Bhusan) in academic sector by the president of Nepal in honour of my outstanding academic performance in Australia. These achievements and awards inspired me to achieve more and felt added responsibility.  

When I was promoted and given higher responsibility, I felt I need further study to become more confident and equipped to achieve my higher level career goal. Therefore, I applied to do PhD in Australia. Fortunately, I have been awarded with Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship to do a PhD in Australia. Currently I am doing PhD in the University of Queensland and doing research in a Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage project and eagerly waiting for a more challenging career ahead through which I can contribute more to the betterment of human being globally.

Last updated: Friday, 10 June 2016 8:52:49 AM

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