"Come to Tampere as soon as possible" - student ambassador story
Tell us about yourself and your studies
I am from the heart of a Central Asian country called Uzbekistan. I have been in Tampere for two months and my aspiration to get a master's degree led me to this city.
I study Leadership For Change, Governance track. I like it, particularly, for the wide variety of courses provided by the faculty about sustainability and governance. I chose this subject since sustainability has become an important factor in our world and many countries and organisations nowadays are needed for professionals in the field.
Even though I have been studying for only two months at Tampere University, to my mind I could learn many things and obtain new knowledge. For instance, during the courses on sustainability, I have found out different views about current world issues. Subsequently, I can say that my perception has been altered.
Can you share us your experiences on Tampere and Finland
In my opinion, the best study place shouldn't contain only lecture rooms, a library and lecturers. More importantly, a good university should conjunct academic community, private and public sectors as well. I can see how in Finland, specifically in Tampere, this is being prioritised. I reckon this is enough to choose this city to live in and study. I cannot say that I was surprised but slightly amazed to see how people in Tampere live close to nature and have flourishing urban development.
Usually I spend my leisure time with my coursemates and with other students by hanging out together and playing some sport. And also I am taking training courses from the entrepreneurial community HUBS, where I can improve my business skills. My favourite place is Rauhaniemi park because it's a very green, quiet and beautiful place to walk. Moreover, it's close to my apartment.
What would you say someone who is thinking about studying and living in Tampere?
I would encourage international students to come to Tampere as soon as possible. Because the city is beautiful and very friendly to students. My pieces of advice to them are first, to be proactive and learn about the university and the city. Second, start connecting with current students, for instance through UniBuddy, where they can build networking.
Photo: Jonne Renvall