Student Story - Christos Paraskevopoulos
Energy and Environmental Engineering
Home country: Greece
What are you currently doing: MSc student in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
After moving to Tampere in 2011, I was seeking a career change and saw an advertisement of TAMK offering Bachelor degree studies in English. I started looking for more information about the university, the studies and the opportunities after graduation and all sounded like a perfect fit. Although I was attracted to the International Business degree, Environmental Engineering also sounded interesting so I decided to apply to those two programmes. I was accepted by both but my heart already belonged to Environmental Engineering, nowadays called Energy and Environmental Engineering.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
I already loved Tampere, a small city between two lakes, surrounded by beautiful nature, vibrant and vivid, and full of young people. It's the perfect place to live and study, the perfect city to make friends, work and grow roots.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
In August 2012, my studies started at TAMK, where I found myself in a very international and friendly environment. Relaxing but demanding studies, with a lot of freedom on your study schedule and many options to work in multidisciplinary groups in projects and courses.
Before completing my studies in TAMK, I applied for a Master's degree and I was accepted by the majority of the programmes I applied to. Now I'm finishing my 1st year of my MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. My studies at TAMK have helped me acquire knowledge in a plethora of topics and subjects and prepared me for a very demanding Master's degree.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
The teachers were always ready to help and guide us and motivate our self-study. TAMK had an organized system to support students, from medical care and social counselling to sports and entertainment (even getting free second hand items of furniture, books, cloths and sports equipment).
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
Finland, Tampere and TAMK became my home during my studies and a reference of quality life and studies. Without hesitation, I would endorse the university to anyone considering studying at TAMK.
This story was written in March 2017.