–The facilities and laboratories are equipped with modern tools and equipment. Therefore, the advanced laboratory courses were most interesting. They consist of 12 experimental lab works in all tracks of chemistry: organic, inorganic, physical and material chemistry. This course gives you the fundamental lab work skills for your future lab work in the department.
Organising his life around the studies didn’t cause too much trouble for Khai, either.
– In my batch, we had a chance to get a full or 80% tuition fee waiver based on our previous academic performance and our statement of purpose. Also the student housing is reasonably priced: the housing company Joensuun Elli is the best choice as they have a large variety of apartments in different locations.
Life in a middle-sized city by Finnish standards is peaceful, like Khai wanted – yet, there’s things to do.
–I really like that you have a chance to enjoy nature every day. I won’t say that it’s always easy to settle in a new country and sometimes you will surely feel lonely, but don’t be afraid. I recommend you to join some student groups and enjoy the events that the student associations organise.
Next step ‒ PhD
Khai has recently finished his Master’s studies and will soon start PhD studies.
–After these two years I realise how much my knowledge has broadened. I feel that I’m ready for the next step in my career in academia.
Khai started preparing for that move already during Master’s studies, when he got the chance to publish articles.
–I would say that during the ResChem programme you have time and support to publish if you have the motivation. I think it is important, if you want to pursue an academic career. Luckily there’s lots of support available, since you can get help from not only the staff but also senior students.
All in all, the careful consideration of programme choice turned into many different career options.
–I definitely feel that this programme provided a solid foundation for me to pursue a career in the chemistry industry, ranging from food, paper and coatings to oil and gas, as well as in academia as researcher or lecturer. Many doors are open.