After two years of working as a software engineer, Bhagya decided to study overseas, looking forward to living in a foreign country by himself and experiencing a different culture.
RMIT University, Melbourne
Doing research is an adventure: you have the opportunity to do something new.
“I was encouraged to apply to RMIT by the manager at my previous employer who had also been a PhD student under my current supervisor. I chose RMIT after I discovered that my supervisor is a forerunning researcher in her field. I was also awarded with a scholarship that covers tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses. Being able to focus on my work without worrying about financial matters – this made my dream a reality.
“My research is related to developing an intelligent system that can evaluate urban planning policy decisions. We are evaluating Plan Melbourne which outlines Melbourne’s growth to the year 2050. I feel that I am working on a project that can make a real impact on people’s lives. And, of course, your achievements are handsomely rewarded – you get to travel overseas for conferences and meet new people.
“Last April, I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., USA, for an academic conference to present a paper. It was my first paper under my PhD and it was a wonderful experience. I got to meet like-minded people from all over the world and learn from their work. It was amazing to see how other researchers dedicate their time and effort to their work and it gave me motivation.
“Doing research is an adventure: you have the opportunity to do something new. You challenge yourself and prove you have what it takes to reach the top in your field. And I believe that RMIT encourages students to perform better and reach their potential.”