Meet Akanksha from India, studying Peace and Conflict in Australia
Published 28 Oct, 2021 · 1-minute read
Hi, my name is Akanksha Phukan, I'm from India and I'm doing a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland. I'm also a UQ International Student Ambassador.
Why did you choose to study in Australia, and specifically at UQ?
As a leading world institution, UQ immediately caught my attention while looking for postgraduate study opportunities in the field of peace and conflict studies. The fact that UQ is home to both the globally recognised UQ Rotary Peace Centre and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) convinced me that I couldn’t study anywhere else.
Hailing from the northeastern state of Assam in India, I have been exposed to news and reports regarding unrest in my region and the lack of awareness and measures related to peace-building methods. With my Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building from the University of Delhi, my curiosity to learn about peace-building kept developing over time and I decided to pursue a master’s in this space.
What are your thoughts on studying in Australia and Brisbane?
I instantly felt a connection to Brisbane when I arrived here. As soon as I entered my accommodation, I knew I was going to have a wonderful time in Brisbane. I also really like UQ’s amazing and convenient location in Brisbane.
Brisbane’s multiculturalism along with its convenient transport and the wealth of information available about living here make it easy for any newcomer to get accustomed to the city. I like visiting South Bank and enjoying the city lights after sunset.
What are the best things about your program at UQ?
My peers within the program and support provided by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are the best things about my program. My classmates are from diverse countries and backgrounds that help me understand different perspectives and broaden my cultural knowledge and horizon. My faculty has also been instrumental in moulding my academic capabilities and showing me the right track whenever I feel lost or struggle with the workload.
I aim to contribute back to my field through academic research in future. Both UQ and my school have given me invaluable learning opportunities and knowledge to enhance my skills progressively with every passing semester.
What advice would you give people from other countries about studying at UQ?
This university is highly diverse, inclusive and has a lot of opportunities for all round development, ranging from volunteering and internships to amazing clubs and societies. I would highly recommend UQ to all aspiring students.