Student Perspective | Sarath Naiken | MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

I've found that my experience thus far at the University of Gibraltar has met all my expectations.
13th May 2024

What brought you to the University of Gibraltar?

A recommendation provided by the Minister of Education from Seychelles is what initially influenced by decision to join the University of Gibraltar. Building on that, the university’s unique location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea further sparked my interest. As someone deeply interested in marine science, I saw great potential in this geographical setting and hoped for a hands-on research and experiential learning. Additionally, UniGib being a relatively young institution, I recognised and took the opportunity to become part of a tight-knit community of scholars and educators. I believe that being part of such a community would create a more interactive work environment and encourage the exploration of new educational frontiers.

How has your experience of the programme and the university been so far?

I’ve found that my experience thus far at the University of Gibraltar has met all my expectations. Alongside the academic prospects, the smaller cohort size has allowed me the opportunity to create meaningful connections with fellow students and participate in more interactive one-on-one sessions with supervisors, particularly during the project phases of the programme. One notable aspect of the university is that it is committed to providing students with a well-rounded holistic learning experience. This means not only prioritising academic achievements but also equipping us with the relevant knowledge and skills necessary for our future goals. Throughout my experiences, I received training in various essential skills, including crafting scientific CVs, engaging in mock job interview scenarios, directing stakeholder videos, honing my presentation skills, amongst many more. I can definitely say that the university offered me with a diverse range of support for both personal and professional growth.

How have you found student life at the University of Gibraltar?

Student life at the University of Gibraltar has been incredibly fulfilling. The campus life itself offers engaging opportunities to connect with students through interactive events from dolphin tours, hiking to the rock of Gibraltar, and visits to the lower St. Michel’s cave, to relaxed movie nights and pub crawls. From participating in student events, the course also provided insightful lectures from past cohorts, getting to chance to learn about their projects and experiences as well as other engaging guest talks from diverse sectors. The supportive faculty and staffs have created a welcoming environment where students feel comfortable enough to voice out any issues or concerns. Overall, my student life experiences at UniGib have been nothing short of enriching, and I look forward to continuing to make the most of all that this university has to offer.

What are your career goals and ambitions?

Looking ahead, the focus of my career is directed towards fisheries management, particularly within small island developing sates. For my master’s thesis, I will delve into the ‘Morphological trends of Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) in the Western Indian Ocean’ aiming to establish a baseline study for Seychelles. My goal going forward is to conduct research, shape policies, and involve stakeholders to improve fisheries sustainability and support a resilient blue economy. After successful completion my master’s program, I hope to contribute to Seychelles’ Department of Blue Economy and Fisheries sector, working towards making a positive change for the nation. I am confident that the skills and knowledge gained throughout this journey will enable me to develop effective management strategies for both local and regional fisheries sectors.
  • MSc

    Master in Marine Science & Climate Change

    Designed and delivered by expert academics and scientists, this full or part-time interdisciplinary programme blends theoretical study with practical, field-based work. You will cover specialist subject areas and gain the skills required to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable development of marine ecosystems.[...]

    1 Year

    No Placement option

    Full Time

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