I am Kiriporuwage Dilshan Tharaka Jayarathna of Sri Lanka. I graduated in 2017, from the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and hold a bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition with 2.83 overall GPA.
The four years undergraduate in food science and nutrition (specialised in food science and technology) formed the basis of my perseverance towards achieving an in-depth knowledge in the field of food science. As a part of my degree course, I studied various subjects relating to diverse aspects of food technology and nutrition. I have followed a diploma in food quality management at the Sri Lanka Standard Institution and have wide knowledge about ISO standards and GMPs.
A master's degree in food science and technology at Curtin University is directly related to my first degree. During this master's course, I can get deep knowledge about food science subjects like food chemistry, food engineering, food product development, food safety and food microbiology, which I basically studied during my bachelor's degree.
A master's degree in food science and technology at Curtin University is a two years full-time course with research work. Now I have near two years of work experience as a food chemist and food quality assurance executive. I can handle some analytical instruments, which are used for food testing and I have knowledge about ISO standards. I need to improve my knowledge about food quality, analytical instruments (HPLC, GC-MS, and ICP-MS) and novel food production. Specifically, I have good knowledge about ISO and BRC standards.
Education is the thing that changes the world. So studying to a higher level is a long term profitable thing. I think further study after my bachelor's is a great way to learn new things. That knowledge helps me to introduce new products to the world and to do scientific researches as a food scientist.
My final destination is to be a food scientist who solves problems, introduces new products, increases food availability and saves food for the world. Food distribution is not equal in all the continents; a few get more food and more get less. So cooperation with food science graduates helps to solve this inequity. I need to give effective and convenient solutions to the inequity of food distribution in the world and I think I can use my food science knowledge to overcome food-related problems in the world.
This master's degree offers vast knowledge about food science, so in the near future, I can change my career to a research assistant, junior scientist, food quality assurance manager, or food production manager with a good salary in Sri Lanka. I'm planning to spread my food science knowledge, which I grab from my master's study, to engage with food science all over the world.