Prospective Students

To fill in the gap of today's structural engineering challenges

Satish Bhagat

Name:
Satish Bhagat
Period:
From October 2012
Nationality:
Nepalese
Affiliation:
Doctoral degree student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Why did you choose Tokyo Tech?

I grew up in the country known for the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest, which keeps attracting those with brave minds to aim for its summit but it is also known for its earthquakes. I chose Tokyo Tech for many good reasons for my graduate degrees (after completing my Bachelor's at Tribhuwan University in Nepal), and I now feel it is one of the best decisions in my life. From the onset of my undergraduate study at Tribhuwan University, I had profound preference towards structural engineering. So the courses related to structural engineering that I studied even further motivated me to pursue my post graduate education in this field. My passion inspired me to seek the place where I could gain what I intended. I opted for Japan - a country with a chronicle of big earthquakes and specifically, I felt that Tokyo Institute of Technology is the right place to continue my education.

Labmates
Labmates

As I explored a multitude of universities of Japan in my search for a program with my focused needs, I found Tokyo Tech to be one of the top universities which can help me chase my dream. I was fascinated by the education system and the groundbreaking research of Tokyo Tech. In addition, the success of my compatriots in structural engineering and their admiration for Tokyo Tech further reinforced my decision to dedicate five years to Tokyo Tech. Most importantly, its International Graduate Program (IGP), which offers graduate courses in English, reaffirmed my decision to apply to Tokyo Tech.

My life at Tokyo Tech: advanced study and research

Nostalgia is always an obstacle for students studying abroad. I, however, overcame this type of teething problem; like homesickness and alienation, I have well adapted myself to the amiable environment of Tokyo Tech in a short span of time. Here I come across people from different parts of the world with diverse cultures and languages. It is indeed a multicultural setting where you learn and grow like one family in diversity.

Lab party
Lab party

What makes Tokyo Tech a step ahead of other universities is its offer of tailor-made interdepartmental courses which give us insight into their diversified fields of study. Furthermore, researchers from globally-recognized universities are frequently invited to give guest lectures, which reinforces our experiences at Tokyo Tech, a center of academic excellence that meets the global standards set by many of the best universities in Europe and North America.

What is your goal in terms of your future career?

Lab volleyball team
Lab volleyball team

From the very outset of my life at Tokyo Tech, my inclination for structural engineering remained unwavering and determined. The devastation in every earthquake - be it the 1999 Chichi Earthquake, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, or the 2015 Nepal Gorkha Earthquake - their repercussions always bring pioneering researchers together in, the victims in desperate need of their expertise. My dream is to be a part of this area filling the gap of today's structural engineering challenges and making a difference while representing Tokyo Institute of Technology in the global arena. It is a bitter truth that research, which is often confined only to journal papers, is of no use unless it is brought into implementation, so it is my aim to apply my knowledge and experience to the field of structural engineering with pragmatic approaches.

Message to students applying for Tokyo Tech

There is no doubt that Tokyo Tech has an excellent research platform and offers internationally-recognized certification but I would like to recall a popular saying: "There is no shortcut to success". So it is the continuous hard work and dedication of an individual that helps him/her to clinch the summit of success.

Hiking to Mt. Takao with labmates
Hiking to Mt. Takao with labmates

Food stall run by Nepali students at Tokyo Tech Festival
Food stall run by Nepali students at Tokyo Tech Festival

Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No. 44 (November, 2016)