Shubham Singh’s dedication throughout his undergraduate study in Mumbai led to him being awarded the ANU-CBE International Graduate Scholarship.
He now studies a Master of Economics and aims to work for the United Nations, contributing to the field of Development Economics.
What did you do prior to your study at ANU?
I completed my Bachelors in Statistics in St. Xavier’s College Mumbai right before I moved here to ANU. It was a quantitatively intense course where I learnt to equip myself with various models of statistical analysis that can be used in day today economic problems. I completed my Bachelors with distinction and was offered a place at ANU.
What are you studying, and why did you decide to undertake this particular degree?
I am currently pursuing Masters of Economics at the College of Business & Economics. During my undergrad degree I realised the passion for specific courses in Econometrics and Economics. Having a Statistics degree proved vital in this decision as I was equipped with enough mathematical and statistical knowledge to take on the research intensive degree here at ANU.
Why did you choose to study at ANU?
The world class faculty who is engrossed in international level research was one of the major reasons for me to be a part of ANU. Apart from being the best university in Australia in various courses, the students of ANU also happen to be the most employable in Australia. My hard work in my Bachelor’s degree was recognised by ANU as I was also offered the ANU-CBE International Graduate Scholarship worth $20,000. All these reasons cumulatively helped me make a wise decision of choosing ANU.
What has been your favourite course (or who has been your favourite lecturer) so far, and why?
In my two semesters here at ANU, I have had the opportunity to do some really intensive courses as a part of my coursework. For me it’s really important that I am challenged beyond my potential to be able to enjoy what I am learning. A few courses such as ECON 8013 (Optimisation & Mathematical Techniques in Economics) and ECON 8026 (Diploma Macroeconomics) have been enjoyable courses.
What is it about ANU that you think sets it apart from other universities in Australia?
Here at ANU, the students value what they learn and the faculty value the students. The student to teacher ratio being low and an interactive class environment creates a system where everyone has something or the other to learn, comprehend and execute. This sort of environment, where interactions with cohort and faculty mould the way of one’s thinking, cannot be found anywhere else in Australia.
What are your career goals?
I wish to work for the United Nations and contribute as much as possible to the field of Development Economics. Coming from a developing country I think it’s really important that I give back as much as I can by being an influential figure to make sure that the right policies are implemented and the people have a better standard of living.
What is your favourite thing about Canberra?
One thing that I absolutely love about Canberra is its diversity. It is the melting point of all cultures and you always have someone or the other to associate with. It is the safest city in Australia and also one of the most beautiful. One can only experience the real Canberra by being here.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about undertaking postgrad studies?
While making this really important decision one must be able to think about the following points:
- Is the degree internationally recognised?
- Will there be employment/ research opportunities post this?
- Are the courses that I am interested in, a part of my masters curriculum?
- Will this help me achieve the long term goal that I have for myself?
If the answer is “yes” to everything, then what are you waiting for? Come join us!