Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

About our graduates

Unurjargal LkhanaaUnurjargal Lkhanaa, National Co-ordinator of Women’s Political Empowerment project at the UNDP in Mongolia

Studied: Masters of Development Studies

The Development Studies program at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs prepares students to make a difference in the world by providing a solid foundation in the critical skills needed to influence development challenges in both national and international contexts. This field of study is ideal for students seeking careers in development assistance, non-government organisations, international aid and sustainability planning. Unurjargal Lkhanaa is certainly a graduate student who fits this description. Unurjargal entered the Sir Walter Murdoch School from the higher education sector where she was a University Lecturer, but she saw the value the program could offer her in reaching her career goals.

“My qualification from the Sir Walter Murdoch School has been essential in helping me to achieve my career goals. I’ve always had a professional interest in working for an international organization, especially given my experience in teaching at university and working on project implementation at the NGO. However, even with my prior experience it is still extremely competitive to be offered a position at the country office of the UNDP, so without my Sir Walter Murdoch School qualification in Australia I am not sure I would be holding this position with the United Nations.”

“I have been able to apply the knowledge I have gained from Murdoch University in overseeing the scope of work, planning every single activity and communicating with primary and secondary stakeholders. As a postgraduate of Development Studies, my knowledge in overseas aid and international organizations; aid politics and its effectiveness; and network governance is being used in implementing the project. More specifically, my knowledge in Gender and Development and Women in Asian Society is being used in my analytical activity for preparing a background paper for a police note. Communication, networking and organizing skills are essential and tend to be used in my everyday work.”

The UNDP coordinates the operational activities of the UN in Mongolia in partnership with the Government of Mongolia, civil society and the donor community. The UNDP works for equitable and sustainable development for the benefit of all Mongolians. Unurjargal’s role as National Co-ordinator of Women’s Political Empowerment project is to contribute to gender equality results in electoral and political party reforms and support targeted interventions, such as policy advocacy for legislative changes for increased women's participation at all levels of decision making.

“The key focus of my duty is the co-ordination of activities in offering capacity development support to women in elected offices and aspiring women leaders, as well as increasing public awareness on women's political participation through well designed media products and programmes, and gender-sensitization in the media.”

“I feel privileged to have joined an international organization, which offers a great opportunity to apply my knowledge in a challenging environment as well as allowing me to expand my network. The Sir Walter School program motivated me to do my best work and also helped me to oversee and plan my future career.”

The Sir Walter Murdoch School certainly wishes Unurjargal all the best in her future endeavours on such an influential and rewarding project and we encourage students who want to be involved in these life changing areas to follow in her footsteps by looking at the Masters and Graduate Certificates in Development Studies at Murdoch University.