I find Coastal Ecology very interesting. It focuses on sustainable use and management of the coastal ecosystem, emerging environmental problems and identifying solutions.
Manoj Kumar Chand from Nepal
Master in Coastal Ecology
My name is Manoj Kumar Chand, and I am from the country of Higher Himalayas (Mt.Everest), Nepal. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Coastal Ecology at UiA. I am a graduate of Environmental Management from my home country. My previous professional expertise and interest is the resilience of communities towards climate change-induced disaster.
I love to travel across different geographical regions and learn more about their flora, fauna and liveability.
Norway is believed to provide high quality education in various disciplines - with no tuition fees. In addition, Norway is environmentally friendly and is deliberately working on combating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and global warming. Therefore, as an Environment activist, studying in Norway is a great opportunity for me.
I was attracted by the study programme, the enrolment of international students and the location of the university.
I was curious about the weather in Kristiansand. When I arrived, I felt the weather was quite suitable for me. I also liked seeing all the greenery on the side of the roads.
I also find Norwegian people to be responsive and friendly, and this helped me to settle well in the city.
It is clear that our blue planet has been in trouble for a while now, and that this is the time to work together and save it. I find the study programme very interesting. It focuses on sustainable use and management of the coastal ecosystem, emerging environmental problems and identifying solutions, as well as regulating and monitoring of marine ecosystem from multiple dimensions.
It has a very pleasant environment. I like the fjords and the forest, the museums in the city, the people, who I find very friendly, and the eco-conscious lifestyle. I like to spend my weekends in nature, hiking.
The weather is fluctuating every day. I also really like that you can experience all seasons – it’s really amazing!
There are many things which I believe are excellent at UiA: the teaching and learning methodologies, the interaction between students and lecturers, the well-equipped physical infrastructure and the career opportunities for students.
It is a unique opportunity to learn about a completely different coastal ecosystem. Furthermore, it helps me understand the relationship between the freshwater in the Higher Himalayas and marine water.