Statement of Purpose

I am Vinu Francis, a mechanical engineering graduate from University of Calicut, India, aiming for post graduate studies in the New Zealand. I foresee my self as a top class professional in the field of construction, which is my final goal. I wish to pursue a master’s degree in Construction Management at Auckland University of Technology. It is after a good deal of self-assessment that I have decided to pursue post graduate studies in Construction Management.

This decision followed naturally after considering my academic background, the areas of my interest, and my eventual professional ambition, which is to pursue a career in green construction, thus aiming to promote a sustainable environment. I take this opportunity to describe my educational background so far. I completed my secondary education in the year 2003 and higher secondary education in the year 2005, scoring 85% and 80% marks respectively. I completed my undergraduate studies as a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering attaining 65% of marks.

My undergraduate education has always motivated me to pursue a career in engineering management. Having great interest in engineering design, I along with a team of 3 other colleagues successfully carried out a project in piping engineering and design titled ‘Design and analysis of a steam pipeline network’ for a mineral treatment plant at FEDO (FACT Engineering and Design Organization), Kochi. The project constituted the applications of various engineering design as well as structural analysis softwares.

Another main aspect of the project was time and cost analysis. The project has also helped me to gain an overview on the basics of civil engineering and management. Apart from regular studies, arts, sports and games has always been my passion. I have participated in some regional level competitions and was also active in debates, seminars and group discussions, which helped me to prove myself. I love playing cricket and badminton during leisures. I was also an active member of the environmental club during the college days.

Periodic study visits to eco sensitive areas was the key feature of the club. I was also a key committee member of ‘Yanthra’- a national level technical symposium and exhibition conducted by mechanical engineering department of our college. I am a deep lover of nature, an environmentalist who believes in caring for the environment. Being an engineering student, I always had a passion to work towards environmental protection for creating a sustainable environment. My membership in the environmental club motivated me in this a lot.

I am deeply concerned with environmental issues, especially the way in which our global resources are being depleted without replenishing the supply, industrial pollution and its hazards etc. I understand that it is the construction field that is one of the major consumers of energy. Adopting various energy management as well as green building techniques in construction can help promote sustainable development. I look forward to do something for the public by working to educate the construction industry as a whole concerning the importance of green initiatives and safeguards.

After considering my talents and the type of work that I enjoy most, I am convinced that I want to take up a career in Construction Management, with my prime objective being to create an organization that works as an integrated team. Thus I intend to become an active and a proficient construction manager. I hope to develop my own skills by learning through an exchange of ideas across the globe, knowing the latest developments in construction industry.

Although India has a rich tradition and history in holistic strategies for buildings and construction, sustainable building agenda receives very less attention all over India. Green building is still in its infancy in India and the strategies that are developed over the next decade or so will have an intense impact on our ability to preserve the environment. I can foresee the day, with myself being a key player, when India will not only become known worldwide for its dynamic industrial and economic growth in recent years, but also for its rapid progress in becoming one of the world’s most ecologically sound nations.

India has so much to offer the world in tourism, being perhaps the oldest civilization on earth, but when the economy has progressed even further and we see the effect of “rising tides lifting all boats” for its population; and conjunctly we see that it is becoming one of the greener nations of the earth—I believe its potential for tourism can make it a prime destination for those who want to take beautiful as well as educational vacations. Obviously, such high-end tourism can give the country much-needed capital for its further economic expansion.

Browsing through the information catalog, breadth and depth of the course structure, I believe that the post graduate study at AUT holds a lot of promise to me. Among all the universities that offer masters in construction management, I find Auckland University of Technology (AUT) most attractive to me. The challenging university circles will always motivate me to explore more in depth about my area of studying, which I believe is one of the principles of being an excellent engineering manager.

I believe that the opportunity to study at AUT, where a sound system for construction management has been built, will equip me with the skills necessary for a successful career path. All in all, I feel postgraduate studies at AUT, will be the most reasonable extension of my academic pursuits and a major step towards achieving my objectives. I would be obliged if I am given the opportunity to pursue my graduate studies. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Vinu Francis