Rajaram Chinnakkan travelled over 4,000 miles to attend Robert Gordon University (RGU) and is delighted he took that leap of faith to move from India to Aberdeen as he graduates with Merit on Monday 8th December at The Music Hall.
Rajaram, known as Raj, is celebrating graduation and career success as he has secured an MSc in Project Management, as well as a full-time job in Aberdeen as a Project Co-ordinator at an Oil and Gas company.
He is originally from the Republic of India and going back to university in an international setting had always been a dream. He chose RGU for the courses they offered but also because of its high ranking in the current league tables.
Raj said: "The MSc Project Management course had accreditations from two well-known industry standards and I had always been managing and co-ordinating International projects around the globe so for obvious reasons Project management was something I wanted to pursue so the choice of course was very easy to be made.
"The course was interesting and kept me on my toes. It gave me a sense of belonging when I met my fellow students who were also doing the same course. Though, in the beginning it was a little challenging for me to cope with the new education format and also the demanding course structure but very soon I got a grip of the course and understood its ground realities.
Raj said the best part of university life was the friends he made and learning from their different cultures.
"Some of the best and crazy times I ever had in my life were at RGU with my friends," he said.
He continued: "Some of the key highlights were walking the ramp at the 'One RGU, Many Nations' event representing my country. Being an International Student Ambassador gave me the opportunity to interact with many international students, network with industry experts and represent the university at many events and international societies. I was also the regional winner representing RGU for a competition held by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.
"I was fortunate enough to secure a job as a Project Co-ordinator at an Oil and Gas company in Aberdeen even before I completed my final MSc thesis.
"It's a happy moment for me to attend the graduation with a proud feeling of realising the fact that the course has been fruitful enough to land me in a job. So, after graduation, I plan to continue with my Job and keep myself involved in getting to understand the industry. Also, the RGU International office has forwarded my name to the Alumni officer for the position of Alumni Ambassador. So, I plan to continue my association with RGU for the years to come. My future hope is to establish myself as an Industry leader here in Aberdeen and make RGU's name proud."
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