As a mechanical engineer in the biggest power generating utility in Sri Lanka – Lakvijaya Power Station, I have tremendous opportunity to serve my country and my nation with a pride. During my tenure, I have to engage numerous activities related to thermal power generation and I have great chance to obtain practical exposure of the power generation. However I felt, I need to get deep exposure of the power sector. At that moment, I had only little exposure from my bachelor studies. Mean time I was selected to the Sustainable Energy Engineering Worldwide (SEEW) master degree program conducted by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and University of Gavle (HIG), Sweden.
During the studies I had to cover wide area of syllabus directly related to my career. As a result of that, I chose sustainable power generation as my specialized field for my MSc. The important thing is, this program gave me high flexibility to learn with my busy schedule in my job. Also my work place is located away from Colombo. If I had to participate to traditional program, I could not continue due to this barrier. But nature of this program as distance learning, it saved me from those obstacles and finally I could completed my studies successfully.
During this program, I had great chance to improve my working capacity, critical thinking and ability to provide creative solutions for real world problems not only limited up to energy topics. The important thing is I obtained hands-on-experience of conducting engineering researches and research writing with academic supervisors with international exposure. Also this program created a platform for students to share their experiences and knowledge without any limit.
Finally I would like to thank for KTH and HIG to offer this great program for Sri Lankan students. Also I appreciate all of my teachers at KTH and Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) for their dedication and support us throughout the program period.
I wish them all to continue this program in future also.
Eng. Thanushka Peiris
B.Sc. Eng. (Hons), C.Eng (SL). MIE (SL), C.Eng (UK). MImechE
Lakvijaya Power Station
Ceylon Electricity Board