I volunteered for a community-based adolescent centered safe motherhood and reproductive health project in Bangladesh and attended a forum of health ministers of 26 developing countries.

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Student Profile: Saima Huda

July 10, 2020
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Public Policy master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

ABOUT VIENNA

My name is Saima Huda and I'm an international student at SFU. I came from Bangladesh in September 2019.  I did my major in Economics and minor in Finance from BRAC University. I worked as a research assistant with Prof. John Richards on a topic related to the Bangladeshi primary education sector. In 2018, I assisted Ms. Kristin Johnson, a Dr.PH candidate for Public Health, Boston University. Furthermore, I taught in an online platform called “Teach it” that empowers community-driven teaching and learning. Lastly, in 2015, I prepared documentation, interpreted, and transcribed the interviews of Bangladeshi obstetric fistula survivors and coded data from those for Ms. Zahra Aziz, Director of Communication, EngenderHealth, USA. Later on, the interviews were published and people knew about those victims and survivors.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I heard a lot about the MPP program of SFU from my alumnus and faculties of BRACU. I researched about it and really liked the course contents and faculties. Also, SFU has a great location which is Vancouver. It is a beautiful place to live and explore.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

MPP is a professional and one of the most prominent programs of SFU. The cohorts are very diversified which makes the program a unique platform to share different ideas and thoughts. 

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

The faculties are from different background and that perfectly matches each of our research interests. There’s at least one faculty with whom one’s research interest will align. Furthermore, they are very supportive and friendly.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND OR RESEARCH.

I got the International Peace Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. It is a very prestigious award. This is positively impacting my study. Now, I’m stress-free about my financial situation and that boosted up my confidence level.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

The MPP alumnus has a very good track of being a part of the Canadian Gov. jobs. So if someone wants to work for the government in the future and knows about Canadian policy, politics and governance, then it is the best fit for them.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS/POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS?

Never stop dreaming big and always believe that you can!

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

I volunteered for a community-based adolescent centered safe motherhood and reproductive health project in Bangladesh and attended a forum of health ministers of 26 developing countries of Asia and Africa in Beijing in 2013. I joined the Health Minister of Bangladesh in a meeting with the Vice Premier of China in that conference. I got the “Vice-Chancellor Certificate” from BRAC University for outstanding performance in 2016. I was the 1st runner up of the “Inception: Business Plan Competition 2016”. Lastly, I'm very fond of music and painting.

Contact Saima: saima_huda@sfu.ca