Tawfiqur Rahman, Joensuu campus - Enjoying the studies & surviving the darkness
For Tawfiqur, a Bangladesh-native first-year student in the Biology of Environmental Change programme, it is easy to name the three reasons that led him to choose the University of Eastern Finland and this particular programme.
“The first and most important reason is, of course, the course orientation. Before, I have completed a Master’s degree in Zoology and it has been the perfect background for this programme”, he explains.
“The second reason is the scholarship system, because with the help of a tuition waiver and monthly allowance I have been able to fully concentrate on my studies and not other things. The third reason is Finland itself and the high-quality education. I had read about Finland in the media and was convinced by the fact that Finland is a clean and safe country with high-class universities and professional teachers.”
Researcher by heart
As Tawfiqur is aiming at his second Master’s degree already, it is no surprise that his future goal is to go further towards a PhD degree as well.
“There are nine world world-class research groups operating in this department, so I’m very excited about the future opportunity to do a PhD at the UEF as well.”
At the moment, Tawfiqur has started doing research work in one of the research groups, the Aquatic Ecology group, where he learns more about the impact of heavy metals in the developmental stages of white fish. His interest in fish is reflected in the many courses that he has especially enjoyed, such as Philosophy and History of Biology, Fish and Fisheries Biology, Community Ecology, Climate Change as well as Population Genetics and Evolution.