In about and undertake educational research. I want to

In my home country, Bangladesh, competition and standardisation are the salient features of
the education system, which made me believe for more than a decade that such a system
flawlessly measures student performance and is the best way to ensure the highest learning
But the book “Finnish Lessons” by Dr Pasi Sahlberg had a profound impact on how I have
thought about education for long. The book opened my eyes to the concept of equity, which I
found to be a powerful feature that can significantly alter an education system and produce
surprising results.
I have never been happy with the rigorous Bangladeshi education system, which imposes
fear as a key element of getting students to learn, and uses test scores as the only criterion
for measuring student performance. I have long had the feeling that our education system
should be reformed and that I could play a role in the process.
This was one reason why, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electronics and
telecommunication engineering in 2012, I began working as a journalist, the other being my
passion for writing. Words are massively powerful tools for bringing about changes and I
wanted to use writing to make that happen in education.
But this was when I decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in education as I realised that I
lack in-depth knowledge of educational theories, research and practices, and that I cannot do
much without thorough understanding of these. I have focused on writing about education for
the last few months, and have sent one of my published articles along with the application.
What made me interested in applying to this university is the opportunity to learn about and
undertake educational research. I want to equip myself with scientific knowledge of education
and educational practices, which will later help me gain necessary research skills. I am also
interested in understanding how education systems vary among countries and what can be
learned from the top-performing nations.
I have two key reasons for applying to the programme: First, I want to get a first-hand
experience of how an equity-oriented education system improves learning. Second, I believe
collaboration will be the dominant feature of education in the future and I want to see how
Finland has implemented this feature.
My future plan is to continue doctoral studies in education. Later, I want to work in the field of
educational research, with a focus on planning education reforms. I want to write books on
how education can be improved in a global context, and also publish scholarly articles on this
in reputed journals. Moreover, during my master’s studies, I want to write a book on the
Finnish education system, detailing the significance of equity to improve education, with the
help of my teachers and I want to publish it in Finland.
I hope you will offer me a place in the programme considering my future plan and also my
commitment to work in the field of education.