–We learn through presentations, group discussions and such, not just exams, and I feel less burdened. I have not met the kind of people like our UEF professors and lecturers in my life! We get all the possible support from them, and they are on top of global trends. For them, it’s not about passing or failing a student, but it’s about pushing the students to take responsibility for their learning.
Even though Ramesh comes from the populous country India, settling into more sparsely-populated Finland felt very natural.
–I’m Indian but I feel like I’m more Finnish. I like less people and enjoy nature, so I’m really happy that I came to Joensuu. If I had to come up with something to complain about, it’s that there could be even more vegetarian options foodwise, Ramesh laughs.
Also the practicalities in life are in order.
–Joensuu Elli offers nice housing, and you can find everything you need in the walkable city center. I also love cycling here: the bike paths are excellent and it’s a great way to keep the city clean from pollution. The nature here is amazing - just go and see Koli national park, for instance! There are also nice local examples about the use of wood, such as Finland’s tallest wooden building.
Automobiles – from wood composites
Ramesh’s attraction to wood was sparked already very young - while living surrounded by plywood mills and hearing about his father’s work experience as a hot press supervisor in the industry. This attraction has gotten him far.
–So far, my journey has been very exciting and promising. When I started my studies at UEF, I was just thinking of getting the degree and continuing my career. But once I have made friends with people from different countries and gained more knowledge, I have come to realise new opportunities for my future. My future goal is to obtain a Doctoral degree in Wood Science and establish my own wood industry.
This goal is getting closer and closer, as Ramesh has already finished most of his courses and is now focusing on his thesis about the potential of reinforcing bio composites and future work aimed at large applications in automobiles.
–If you think about modern cars, their lifespan is typically not longer than 10–15 years. Still we are using metals such as aluminium and steel that could last for hundreds of years. Wood is durable and if you treat and maintain it properly, it can last long, so why not use a greener option instead?
Through his knowledge, he could contribute to increasing the use of wood in the automotive industry - so essentially contributing towards a greener future.
–I feel that it’s my duty to mitigate climate change with my knowledge. I have experienced climate change and I am upset with the ignorance of many people. I believe that Finland is among the top countries who are constantly searching for new, green innovations, so I definitely value that I learn from the best in the world.