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AusAID scholarships helps Nepalese engineer realise dream

Thakur Thapa Magar from Nepal set himself a goal to help bring economic prosperity to his people through effective use of water resources.
My Background

I am Thakur Thapa Magar from Nepal. When I was doing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, I came to realise that Nepal, in spite of having huge potential for economic growth through effectively using available water resources, is not able to capitalise on the opportunity. I decided then and there to devote myself to working in the water sector to help change that.

Professional experience

Since then, I have been working in the design and implementation of drinking water and irrigation systems,

being associated mainly with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, helping to provide access to safe drinking water or irrigation facilities for more than twenty thousand people in eight hilly districts of Nepal.

My goal

However, I wanted to do more than this. I wanted to help bring economic prosperity for Nepalese people by becoming a leader in the water sector, locally and internationally. To do this I needed more knowledge, and I found the perfect way to gain it, in Australia.

Master of Integrated Water Management

The International WaterCentre Master of Integrated Water Management was what I found. I knew that this program would teach me to improve policies and implementation modalities for boosting economic prosperity for Nepalese people through integrated approaches of sustainable and equitable use of water in Nepal, so I was overjoyed to receive an AusAID scholarship to go to Australia to study it.


I sincerely believe that the integrated water management program will add great value to my professional career and have profound impacts on the lives of population I serve. I would like to thank all those who were involved in designing such a pertinent program, and to thank AusAID for allowing me to be part of it.



About AusAID Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by AusAID. They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities. AusAID scholarships for the 2014 intake are currently available in eligible countries: click here to find out more.


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