Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury
I came to study PhD in the University of Sheffield after working with various international as well as Bangladeshi organizations including the position I held as the Advisor to the President of Bangladesh with the rank and Minister of State. I did my Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was a career journalist for long time and was elected President of Overseas Correspondents Association Bangladesh – OCAB, First Joint Secretary General of Commonwealth Journalists Association, CJA Bangladesh, and Assistant Secretary General of Commonwealth Society Bangladesh etc. I received number of fellowships including British Panos Fellowship and EU Fellowship.
During the long period of my professional career, I have had privilege to meet world leaders including Bill Clinton, Jimi Carter of USA, Kofi Annan of UN, Tony Blair, John Major of UK, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaj Sharif of Pakistan and Rajib Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I K Gujral of India closely.
As witnessed the governance and politics from the centre point of statecraft with experience as well as expertise in the field of politics, diplomacy and journalism, now I am trying to harmonize the theory and reality in a rational way in research. I found the excellent reputation of the University of Sheffield. Indeed my supervisor has been doing a number of researches on India and Pakistan governance and politics and hope; I can contribute to that effort extending South Asia to make a better research on Bangladesh governance in line with my experience and expertise and relevant theories of politics, institutionalisms and democratic system.
I had to do politics from the centre point of statecraft and now doing research in conjunction with theory. Indeed, Politics, Governance, reform in system as well as the myth and reality of governance are most valuable aspects of my course. University of Sheffield offers world class facilities for learning and teaching. For example, the University’s up-to-date collection on relevant books and journals is really commendable.
I have found that Sheffield is an amazing place to live. Moreover, University of Sheffield is bringing a small world with over 120 countries in to this city. From my experience, I would like to recommend students from Bangladesh to choose University of Sheffield because not only for its high academic reputation but also for to gain experience of living in to a city which has lot to offer. Sheffield is the 4th largest city of UK, which is surrounded by few hills of fantastic landscape.
In point of my view of being a parent of two sons, I would like to say to parents that they need not to be worried to send their children in to Sheffield University because it is one of the safest cities in UK.