Chandra Lal Sharma Poudyal is from Nepal where he worked for 15 years in different educational institutions in Nepal as a teacher, administrator and researcher. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate management papers.
After completing his MPhil from Kathmandu University in Nepal he taught strategic management to masters level and was involved in university research projects. His MPhil thesis was entitled, “A study on the causes of educational migration in Nepal.”
About his research: While working as a teacher and administrator at private schools in Nepal, he experienced different power relational issues. Consequently this motivated his current PhD thesis interest, which explores the power relational issues in Nepalese private schools in the context of the political climate of the country.
Using a semi-structured interview approach he has talked with teachers, administrators and the principals of private schools. He is also undertaking a critical analysis of documents in his doctoral project.
Why Waikato? Chandra says pursuing research has really enabled him to gain a current understanding of issues that he is passionate about, while further enhancing his career as an academic researcher.
Chandra says he found Waikato to be one of the most prestigious universities in New Zealand. “The rigorous process it adopted for the doctoral candidate during the period of their study is noteworthy. It also provides different opportunities for doctoral students to receive exposure to the world through different conference grants and support.”
Chandra’s future plan is to continue his career as a researcher and academic.