Student Story - Nebiyu Wolde Girgibo
Nebiyu Wolde Girgibo
Energy and Environmental Engineering
Home country: Ethiopia
What are you currently doing: Researcher at the University of Vaasa.
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
Joining TAMK was by chance, I was staying overnight at the Bahir Dar University with one of my friends who was preparing for examination for the University of Vaasa. Then we started searching a placement for me, because I also wanted to come to such a developed nation as Finland. We found about TAMK's Environmental Engineering Programme, then me and my friends working in the Bahir Dar University applied for it and I was the only one to be accepted.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
I like many things about Tampere. Some of them are TAMK, nature, radio broadcasts, that we didn't have to wait too long for the bus, people, my bosses and other things. I used to work while studying and in busses I listened to the radio quite a lot so it is nice to feel like the radio was made for your preferences and quite useful in learning the language.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
My Bachelor study leaded me to continue my Master studies at the University of Jyväskylä in Aquatic Science (Limnology) Programme, so afterwards I worked in the education sector as a researcher. So studying the Environmental Engineering Programme at TAMK gave me fundamental basics and I always return and refer to my books and study materials of TAMK while doing my job.
The basics in research writing and reporting in my work are adapted from my studies and all the questions I am challenged to report about are related to the Environmental Engineering and Aquatic Science.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
TAMK's Environmental Engineering department was very generous. One time I was jobless, I finished my money so I asked the department for help and they gave me a chance to eat without paying, then when I would get my job back, I could return the money. But what makes it feel like home is no matter what challenges you are facing, you can talk to the members of the department and they are willing to help you.
I also got both of my practical placements from the department and financial support while doing my thesis in Ethiopia.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
If your dream is to change the world or at least to contribute to combating the worldwide challenges in ecosystems and species or maybe you'd like to join the scientific world, then don't miss the chance of becoming a world class professional.
At TAMK, you will get all the basics leading you to an international engineering degree which will make you confident and useful to the society. I always feel my time in TAMK was the best experience ever and the studies will give you a worldwide perspective.
This story was written in February 2016.