Profile - Ruqayah Ali Naser Grmasha

Ruqayah Ali Naser Grmasha Postgraduate Coursework
Masters of Engineering Science in Water, Wastewater & Waste Engineering
International student from Iraq

I have always been concerned about the water conservation and the problems of water scarcity worldwide, especially in my home country, Iraq. We are experiencing one of the world's most critical humanitarian disasters, with water supplies and sewage systems placing millions of people at risk of many dangerous diseases.

In Iraq, working as a water and wastewater Engineer I was constantly frustrated by the distinct lack of knowledge about the process of water and wastewater treatment. Therefore, I decided to learn more and more about this science in the hope of saving people’s lives and the Environment.

I was awarded a scholarship to study my Masters. I had the choice of three countries – the UK, Australia and the USA. However it was the strong reputation of UNSW locally and globally, the developed water research centre and the world respected academic staff that finally helped me decide to select UNSW to start my study journey.

When I arrived in Australia, my English wasn’t strong. However, after enrolling in the UNSW Institute of Languages I have become much stronger in reading, writing, listening and speaking English which has made studying much easier.

At UNSW I have become very passionate about everything related to water and wastewater treatment processes and waste issues

The challenge of living in another country without family and friends has been made easier because I am here with my husband who is also a student at UNSW. We are doing our masters together with the same major, so we support each other in life and study – he is much more than just a husband.

At UNSW I have become very passionate about everything related to water and wastewater treatment processes and waste issues. I am learning about current issues and sustainable solutions that I can use to help my country. My favourite course is Water Treatment run by Professor David Waite. It taught me about integrated facility design for the treatment of different types of raw water in order to meet specified water quality. This course has increased my confidence in this area and will open many doors for me in the future.

Living in a small unit makes it hard to study comfortably. Fortunately, UNSW provides postgraduate students with a very special place to study in the main library. There are modern computers as well as the internet which really help us to study and allow us to be creative.

When I return to Iraq, I would like to further develop my career as a professional Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineer and share what I have learned with my fellow workers. I want to use my skills, knowledge and experience to participate in the future development of my country.