University of Helsinki considered as the oldest andlargest University in the Finland. Also it has placed as aUniversity among top 100 university in the world according to the rankings. Themost interesting fact in this master program is it offers different research fields rather than othermaster degrees in other universities. There are two research areas. Thetwo focus areas of research are food production chains and foodquality and healthy nutrition.
I am interested in doing a research in the fieldof food quality and healthy nutrition. In this research area, I could do aresearch on the chemical and microbial safety of food including riskassessment and management. This area of specialisation awakens me the researchwhich I did in Bachelor degree.
I investigated the availability ofradionuclides in the common cooked foods in Sri Lanka under the research topicof Estimation of Annual Effective Dose Due to Ingestionof Radioactive Elements in Sri Lankan Meal Plans. During the research I found that the effective dose to an average adult whoconsumes the meal plans ranged from 0.030 to 0.050 mSvyr-1.
Also the values of effective dose andactivity concentrations of radionuclides were lower than the guideline limitspecified by UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on theeffects of Atomic Radiation) and other countries. Hence, theconsumption of cooked meal plans in Sri Lanka is safe in terms of radioactivityfor the particular radionuclides. This was the first study carried out indetermination of radionuclides in Sri Lankan selected cooked foods. So when Icarrying on my masters I would be able to perform better rather than thebachelor level, because in this university I would learn about the Raw materials and processes,including their theoretical basics also different food constituents and theirimpact on food quality and Factors that ensure good quality and food safety. Bystudying about different food constituents I will be able to carry out myfuture research on different toxic elements contains in the food such as heavymetals and radionuclides. In Sri Lanka we don’t have many facilities tocarryout researches and also less number of supervisors. But if I got a chanceto study in Helsinki University I would be able to carry out my researchactivities efficiently and more productively.If I get a chance in studying in FinlandI definitely expose to multicultural environment.
There by I will be able towork as team and more exposure to an environment of competitively. Learningwill not be limited to subject matters. It will be broaden to correct decisionmaking which help me to become a good manager one day. In the website of masterdegree program it is mentioned there will be an industrial exposure. So this willhelp me to become expert in the food science section and I would be able tocontribute to the development of the food industry in Sri Lanka.