Change the World – For Free

Future of Change Scholarships are designed to attract and support high-achieving students from India to study at UNSW and change the world – and that’s exactly what Deeksha Nathani is doing.

Future of Change Scholarships are designed to attract and support high-achieving students from India to study at UNSW and change the world – and that’s exactly what Deeksha Nathani is doing.

Nathani completed a Bachelor degree in Architecture at the KRVIA, part of the University of Mumbai, before being awarded a Future of Change Scholarship at UNSW in 2017.

She is currently studying for a Master of City Planning degree and is keen to use her time at UNSW to gain an international perspective and eventually take her knowledge back home to India and implement what she has learned.

“I am an architect from India. Back in Mumbai, I started observing the city, the people, the way the city moves, the timings. And I started to get fascinated by how a city could be planned,” she explains.

“The Future of Change Scholarship encourages Indian students to take up courses that can make a difference.

“So once I decided I wanted to do my Master of City Planning at UNSW, I just applied and I got through and I got the scholarship. And before I knew it I was here.”

Applications for Future of Change Scholarships at UNSW are now open ahead of Term 1 in 2019.

The major scholarship features a full tuition fee waiver for the duration of a student’s program, while other scholarships valued at $10,000 per year are also available.

To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen of India, living in India, and achieving above a certain academic level in high school or in an undergraduate degree. In addition, they must also have received an offer of admission to UNSW for Term 1, 2019.

The application involves producing a short two-minute video explaining how a scholarship would help students achieve their aspirations. The deadline for applications is 9 December 2018.

Current Future of Change scholar Nathani is certainly enjoying her time at UNSW and has been involved in many projects that add depth to her studies.

One of those was involvement in a symposium in Fiji for Pacific Island community members on Capacity Building in Green Infrastructure and Housing for Poverty Reduction.

The objective was to bring together government and NGO representatives, academics, students and community members from all over the Pacific region and Australia to collaborate and learn from each other to build capacity in developing sustainable infrastructure and housing maintenance to improve the quality of life of local communities.

Nathani was one of four UNSW students from the Faculty of Built Environment to attend practical workshops where discussions were held about the most pressing infrastructure needs in their own country.

“I would say UNSW gives a good combination of experience, academics and professional development,” Nathani explains.

“I participated at the symposium in Fiji for capacity building in the Pacific region. It was quite a hands-on experience for me, to understand grassroot problems, community problems, government problems – and get them together to find a solution.”

Nathani believes her time at UNSW has made her fearless when it comes to deciding what she wants to do in her future career – with the sky now the limit in terms of her ambitions.

“Before I came to Australia for my Master’s at UNSW, I felt like the world is so big,” she says.

“But after getting the exposure from UNSW and experiencing so much, I feel like this has given me the confidence to take up any future job at any place I want.”

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