My interest in science was nurtured during my senior high school years, which led me to pursue a degree in pure physics in Ghana. This was followed by a second degree in geophysics. However, my insatiable curiosity led me to Finland in 2020, where I sought to expand my knowledge in photonics. After much research, I chose the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) due to its esteemed reputation, exceptional quality of academic programs offered, and the vibrant diversity and inclusivity of its student body. The commitment of UEF to excellence in research and education, coupled with its dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, made it the perfect place to pursue my academic and personal growth.
Studying in Finland has equipped me with expertise that can benefit Ghana and the entire African continent.
Mariam Maku Quarshie
Doctoral Researcher in Science, Technology and Computing
As a Doctoral Researcher in carbon-based photonics at UEF, I have had a transformative experience in numerous ways. The opportunity to present my research at conferences across Europe has been extraordinary. These events have broadened my understanding, exposed me to different cultures and perspectives, enriching both my academic and personal life.
For me, my journey in photonics is not just about expanding scientific frontiers but also about bridging gaps between continents. Studying in Finland has equipped me with expertise that can benefit Ghana and the entire African continent. By applying the skills acquired in photonics, I aspire to make a positive impact that ripples across borders, contributing to the advancement of science and technology in Africa.
Furthermore, as an international student, my presence in Finland adds to its cultural diversity. The exchange of ideas, traditions, and perspectives fosters mutual understanding and creates a rich tapestry of global experiences.
My educational journey in Finland at UEF has been an awe-inspiring voyage of exploration, collaboration, and personal growth. It has ignited a flame of scientific progress, fostering cross-cultural connections. I am grateful for the opportunities bestowed upon me and eagerly look forward to the future, where I will continue to pursue my PhD and contribute wholeheartedly to the ever-evolving field of photonics.