Profile - Osamah Jaber Oudah Al-Sareji
Masters of Engineering Science in Water, Wastewater & Waste Engineering
International student from Iraq
My home country, Iraq, is currently facing myriad environmental challenges including in the supply of potable water and treatment of sewage. As an Assistant Engineer at the University of Babylon, where I helped to establish a strong Engineering knowledge base for students in my field, I could see opportunities to improve what I knew through further study.
After investigating a number of universities in Australia, I discovered that the courses provided by the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offer a multi-specialisation in my field. The faculty holds a highly distinguished research reputation and the academic staff are recognised as world leaders.
I received a scholarship and enrolled at UNSW in the Masters of Engineering Science in Water, Wastewater, and Waste Engineering program. I am confident that this degree will not only give me the ability to provide solutions to many of the world’s challenges in water and wastewater treatment but also to enhance the higher education level in Iraq for Engineers in my field.
I am confident that this degree will not only give me the ability to provide solutions to many of the world’s challenges in water and wastewater treatment but also to enhance the higher education level in Iraq for Engineers in my field
The most remarkable course I have done while at UNSW is Wastewater Treatment, run by Richard Stuetz. The course offers a fantastic combination of theory and practical application, with regular visits to wastewater treatment plants in Sydney and Civil and Environmental Engineering laboratories. Most importantly, the lecturer is enthusiastic and always supports his lectures with interesting slides and quick videos to ensure that all students grasp the concepts and applications.
The UNSW international student office supports international students very well, in fact I often feel that I am studying in my home country. The well-organised library also has excellent resources in my specialization, and is conveniently open until late night.
I have been very fortunate to have a study partner throughout my time at UNSW, my wife Ruqayah. Daily discussions at our place are always interesting, leading from a simple question to very complicated one and debating ideas and solutions. Having Ruqayah to bounce ideas off is really valuable and it encourages me to study more. It also means I am learning twice as much because we have helped each other along during our thesis work and I have learned a lot from her projects.
Once I graduate I would ideally like the opportunity to continue my study at UNSW in Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering by doing a PhD. The water research centre offers amazing opportunities for students and researchers with its range of cutting-edge facilities.