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"Finland brought me close to nature" – student ambassador story

Published on 2.11.2018
updated on 13.12.2019
Tampere Universities
Junaid Iqbal
Student Ambassador Junaid Iqbal comes from Pakistan. He has been living in Tampere since 2017.

How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here originally?

Tampere has been my home for almost an year now. I was highly intrigued by the cultural diversity in European Union and wanted to experience it being a student. Moreover, my love for challenges, travelling and lucrative tuition fee waiver brought me to the adventurous Finland.

What subject do you study and how did you choose it?

I am studying Automation Engineering that relates to Robotics and automated production plants. During my Bachelor’s, I liked working on electronic products. Then I got a chance to visit the BMW assembly line in Munich, which made me speculative about robots governing factories. This was the turning point when I decided to idealise myself as a future automation engineer.

What do you most like about Tampere and Finland?

Tampere is an ideal city for students, at least for someone like me. It is not too crowded like Helsinki or either scarcely populated like Rauma. You can find good food, student activities and get to meet new people. I like the peaceful, clean environment and ample availability of swimming places a.k.a. jarvi. I can say that Finland brought me close to nature. I could write more but my trip to Lapland is still pending.

What about your hobbies in Tampere or in Finland?

My summer hobbies included swimming in the lakes and playing beach volley at the Pyynikki beach. I am not a gym person but you can find a lot in the vicinity. I don't know if I can refer to travelling and organizing student activities as hobbies but this what I have been doing along with my studies. I have found good travel enthusiasts with platforms like ESNINTO. I believe that one can easily find likeminded people pursuing same hobbies in Tampere. I was surprised to see that there are cricket clubs in Finland because this sport is renowned in Asian countries.

What would you say to someone deciding whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?

If you are looking for a peaceful and comfortable life, with quality education along with the opportunities to party and have fun then Tampere is the right place for you.


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