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Building connections with industry

Master of Biotechnology students and industry professionals talk about the Industry Project - undertaken as part of the course.

Student profile: Tariq Fazal

Tariq Fazal
Tariq Fazal

What fascinates you about Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is an amalgamation of many Science disciplines I have always been interested in, including Biology, Physics, Zoology and Engineering. When reading literature for assignments I keep discovering new things, which is fantastic.

Why did you decide to study the Master of Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne?

While completing my undergraduate degree in India, one of my Professors highly recommended me to study my Masters at the University of Melbourne as it is renowned for its excellence in providing an incredible standard of education. It is a great platform to launch a successful career for anyone who is willing to put in the effort.

What is your favourite part of the program?

I love the way the course is taught.

My favourite subject is ‘Business Tools and the Market Environment’ because we have to defend all our assignments in class. The lecturer always asks many questions and really challenges my way of thinking.

I also look forward to starting the Industry Project, doing an assignment for a company that specializes in Intellectual Property Law. It will be great to get a better understanding of how law applies to Biotechnology.

What do you see yourself doing after you finish your degree?

My dream is to apply the knowledge I have gained to fight poverty back home in India, preferably by working in the Health sector. Many people living below the poverty line are affected by diseases like cancer and diabetes as they don’t have money to buy expensive medication. I would love to help solving this problem by working in drug development for Biocon, one of the most reputable Biotechnology companies in India.

How would studying the Master of Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne be different from studying the same program in your own country?

At the University of Melbourne I am in the middle of a hub for Biotechnology research and taught by very high profile academics. The international experience is invaluable and it is great to be able to compare the Biotechnology scene in Australia to the one I know from back home in India.

I have made friends from many different nationalities and some Australian guys recently asked me to join their soccer team.

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