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Letter of Motivation


First of all, Let me introduce myself, I am Naveed Raza and currently working as an operation engineer in one of the largest fertilizer manufacturing company of Pakistan (Engro Fertilizers Limited Pakistan). I have five years of industrial experience in this company and total 6.5 years of experience including LOTTE Chemical Pakistan Limited (Petrochemical industry). Engro Fertilizers Limited is a renowned organization in Pakistan with world class operations and HSE systems in place.

After my undergraduate, I joined LOTTE Chemical Pakistan Limited as Trainee Engineer, while in the operations department of the terephthalic acid production, I was introduced to the many unit operations and learned to optimize, improve energy efficiency and trouble shooting of the overall process. After one and half years of experience, I moved to Engro fertilizers limited Pakistan. As part of my role, my duty was Process Development, New initiatives & Modifications for reducing Variable Cost, utilization & conservation of energy resources. I am a key player for leading energy optimization projects by implementing modern techniques of engineering e.g Gas Turbines and Boilers fuel saving at utilities plant through hardware modifications and process control. One of my operational research based project was "Process Optimization to reduce Urea Plant Startup failure rate and ammonia pollution”. I proposed and implemented the modifications which improved the plant operation and overall energy efficiency of the plant. I also presented my operational research in “Nitrogen + Syn Gas International Conference” in 2017. I have been a team member of six sigma projects for process improvement and cost saving e.g “ ”. I have worked at all major machines and equipment’s of industry including Furnace, Catalysts, Shift reactors, Methanator, Compressors, Gas Turbines, Boilers, HRSG, Cooling Tower, Decomposers, Strippers, Absorbers etc.

I have done my Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. This is a prestigious institute in Pakistan for engineering. The undergraduate curriculum in Chemical engineering introduces me to a wide variety of engineering subjects which include various courses like Fluid Mechanics, Mass Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Plant Design, Simultaneous Heat & Mass Transfer, Separation Processes and Engineering mathematics etc. provided me with a strong footing in the theoretical concept of Chemical Engineering.

During my field work I developed interest in renewable energy and the reason to choose this field as a career is living in 21st century and having huge potentials of renewable energy resources, people in Pakistan are still deprived of the basic needs of life. The effective and efficient use of renewable energies in Pakistan can provide a large number of rural households in mountain and remote areas with affordable electric generation for helping low-income strata, milling, small enterprise and other needs. The good reputation of high-quality education standards, an extremely distinguished faculty members, and research facilities are the factors which have motivated me to choose Chalmers University for my MSc Renewable Energy.

Pakistan is facing the worst energy crises despite of huge potentials. Yet, these available opportunities for solar, wind, biomass and environmentally-benign hydro-power resources as well as existing energy saving potentials have not been used so far. Presently my country is lagging well behind in the field of renewable energy. Thus keeping my interest and today's field demand in mind, I have decided to apply for postgraduate studies in order to broaden my knowledge in the field of renewable energy. By applying to the MSc in Renewable energy, I am aiming to enhance my knowledge of renewable energy systems, renewable energy policy, and energy efficiency. With this realization and my own inclination towards applied research, I plan to establish a Renewable Energy Research Institute here in Pakistan. I wish to introduce this field to ambitious individuals like me who yearn to contribute to its advancement and to carry out research that augments the technological advancement in my country’s industrial sector.

Chalmers university school of renewable energies program is one of the best worldwide. Your experience in the field will benefit me enormously; I will have the chance to learn about most recent renewable energy techniques. I am certain that the knowledge and skills learnt from my professional experience, university, and extracurricular activities would make me a valuable addition to the Masters of Renewable Energy program.


Naveed Raza

Operation Engineer

Engro Fertilizers Limited Pakistan

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to apply for your [ name of program] degree.

I am currently working as an operations engineer in one of the largest fertilizer manufacturing companies in Pakistan (Engro Fertilizers Limited Pakistan). I have five years of industrial experience in this company and a total of 6.5 years of experience including with Lotte Chemical Pakistan Limited (petrochemical industry). Engro Fertilizers Limited is a renowned organization in Pakistan with worldclass operations and HSE systems in place.

After my undergraduate degree, I joined Lotte Chemical Pakistan Limited as a trainee engineer. While in the operations department of the terephthalic acid production, I was introduced to several unit operations and learned to optimize and improve energy efficiency and trouble shoot the overall process. After one and half years of experience, I moved to Engro Fertilizers Limited Pakistan. My duties included process development, new initiatives & modifications to reduce variable cost, and utilization & conservation of energy resources. I am involved in our flagship energy-optimization projects which implement modern engineering techniques, such as fuel saving for gas turbines and boilers at utilities plants through hardware modifications and process control. One of my operational research-based projects was "Process Optimization to Reduce Urea Plant Startup Failure Rate and Ammonia Pollution”. I proposed and implemented the modifications which improved the plant operation and overall energy efficiency of the plant. I also presented my operational research in the Nitrogen + Syn Gas International Conference in 2017. I have been involved in six sigma projects for process improvement and cost saving such as “ ”. I have worked with all major machines and equipment in the industry including furnaces, catalysts, shift reactors, methanators, compressors, gas turbines, boilers, HRSG, cooling towers, decomposers, strippers, and absorbers.

I have a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. This is a prestigious academic institute in Pakistan, renowned for its engineering department. That program introduced me to a wide variety of engineering subjects and provided me with a strong foundation in the theoretical concepts of chemical engineering.

From my field work, I developed an interest in renewable energy, and the reason I have chosen this field is the immense potentials of renewable energy resources. The effective and efficient use of renewable energies in Pakistan can provide a large number of rural households in mountainous and remote areas with affordable electricity, especially for low-income households, farmers, and small enterprises.

The excellent reputation and high-quality education standards of your distinguished faculty, and your modern research facilities are two factors which have motivated me to choose Chalmers University for my master's degree.

Pakistan is facing a potentially debilitating energy crises, despite of huge potential energy resources. Yet, these available opportunities for solar, wind, biomass and environmentally-benign hydro-power resources as well as existing energy-saving potentials have not been utilized so far. Presently, my country is lagging well behind in the field of renewable energy. Thus, I have decided to apply for postgraduate studies in order to broaden my knowledge in the field of renewable energy. By applying for this program, I am aiming to solidify my understanding of renewable energy systems, renewable energy policies, and energy efficiency. With this realization and my own enthusiasm for applied research, I plan to establish a renewable energy research institute here in Pakistan. I wish to introduce this field to ambitious individuals like me who yearn to contribute to its advancement and to carry out research to aid the technological advancement in my country’s industrial sector.

I thank you for considering my application, and I assure you I will do my utmost to succeed if I am accepted.

Yours faithfully,

Naveed Raza

Operations Engineer

Engro Fertilizers Limited Pakistan

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Kindly review the letter of motivation as given below:

Dear Sir/Madam,

This Letter of Motivation showcases my inclination to pursue Masters in IR along with emphasizing my capabilities in scoring good grades and subsequently take up a suitable role in the realm of International Relations post completion of MAIR. I have decided to pursue MA in International Relations at a time when means of communication are not exclusive only to the ruling elites. Today a large number of people know about governance, policies (foreign & domestic) and how they impact masses. This has affected IR in an unprecedented manner. Be it geopolitical posturing of nations in a unipolar world, climate change, migration, transformation in the role of international organizations, internal conflicts & armed aggression between countries, and how the foreign policy of nations get shaped due to domestic compulsions are some of the sectors within IR which are witnessing action. My family members and close friends have complimented my grit & wherewithal for deciding to take a plunge in IR in these exciting times.

One feels that both internal and external reasons impact an individual’s decision making skills. My internal reasons stem from 3 different events dating back to my school days which kindled my interest in IR: a) Participated in a debate on whether Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev did the right thing by ushering in the era of Glasnost and Perestroika in Russia b) The second one was another debate in town hall on the eve of Earth Summit held at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 c) At the time of referendum on Apartheid in South Africa, I told my father that it was probably the abundant reserves of Gold and Diamond in South Africa which is why the erstwhile Colonial powers were reluctant to make way for an equitable and just society. He replied with a question that can you explain the exact facts behind the phenomenon in detail rather than just making a statement? As a school boy preparing for a) & b), I was exposed to overwhelming information which opened a whole new world to me about how those who lead a nation and the common citizens perceive political challenges as well as environmental changes and respond to it. As for c), I looked for reasons but little did I know that facts are stated more often than their interpretations. By the way, I won the debates described in a) and b). Wish to state here that I’ve been hooked on to the scope of International Relations for close to twenty seven years now. I have always had an interest in almost anything the world has to offer, obsessed with understanding the way the world works, and why it works that way. By studying and exploring a diverse variety of interests, I found that my true interest is in understanding and exploring the way the whole of global society functions, which has led to my passion in International Relations. By completing MAIR I’ll be able to give direction to my interest in IR and achieve career progression. The external reasons behind my decision to pursue MAIR are a) Studying in Germany b) MAIR being taught at two Universities c) Comprehensive Course content and d) Our richly connected, complex world demands professionals skilled in international relations, an exciting field of study that presents a globally oriented perspective on issues that transcend national boundaries.

Just like International Relations, Criminology is also a multi-disciplinary subject and I was awarded a Gold
Medal in MA (Criminology) from BHU, Varanasi. I also presented papers on topics of Criminological importance at 3 national Seminars while pursuing MA in Criminology. The topics ranged from detailed Impact Analysis of Computerization in Banks {Titled Computerization in Banks-A Process of Development or Criminal Vulnerability published in a Book-Development without Disorders (Criminological Viewpoints), 1st Edition-2002, ISBN-8188289-03-5,Publisher-Vishwavidyalaya Prakashan, India and I was the youngest Contributor amongst all authors}, Critique of legislation to control Organized Crime, and Socio-economic Perspectives of Insurgency in North Eastern part of India. Other than this, I secured a) admission to pursue MPhil in Criminological Research from University of Cambridge, UK and b) temporary assignments to teach Post Graduate students of Criminology and Social Work at Patna and Lucknow Universities as soon as I finished my MA in 2000-2002.

Since the last 4 years I’ve been conducting detailed review of policy deliberations which are related to diverse domains like a) Skilling & Employability b) Data Protection and/or Localization c) Cyber Forensics d) e-Governance Policy e) Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals by Govt. Departments f) Investment Promotion to attract Domestic and International investments in Industries and Information Technology
sectors in the capacity of a Consultant working for a Ministry with Central Government of India. If an individual can top his batch in a multi-disciplinary subject at Masters level prior to the commencement of his professional career then the same academic accomplishments can be repeated again after gathering experience of working and performing in various domains in 6 nations i.e., Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, Qatar, & UAE including a Line Ministry of Central Government of India (since November 2015 as detailed in the Resume).Hence, diverse professional work experience and prior inter disciplinary education make me a suitable candidate for MAIR.

The interplay of technological advancements in communication & transportation, international politics, and globalization appeal to me immensely. The following Research areas are of interest to me:

  1. Globalization and International Politics
  2. State and Non-State Actors in Global Politics
  3. Sustainable Development and the Agenda of the Global System
  4. Impact of IR on the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals

I came across instances which made me realize that one should never shy away from going back to an eminent seat of learning for higher studies to ensure career progression. Moreover, whether it’s my tertiary education or work experience, I can safely assert that I made the right decisions and was successful in achieving career progression. I wish to work either as a Consultant with Government or as a resource providing advisory services from outside, and this notion has been cemented into place due to my present work engagement. One strongly feels that doing MAIR is a pragmatic step forward. Ten years from now, I want to be seen as a Thought Leader and Doer when it comes to policy formulation and implementation in IR domain, someone whose insight is valued by maximum possible stakeholders associated with IR.

It is my humble submission that I have strived to excel not only in academics but in attaining a perspective and point of view and it will allow me to not only understand the world of International Relations, but also contribute my own theories and understanding of the subject to the world. I sincerely hope that my pursuits in being a well-rounded and globally oriented student and individual has allowed me enough qualification to attend your university, and hope to further broaden my perspective by attending such a high standing university in an entirely new country.

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