What did you like about studying at Aalto University? What was the best part of your studies?
I miss my time at Aalto. It is one of the reasons why I want to come back to Finland. Aalto is located in
Espoo, which almost the technological hub of the country along with Helsinki. The campus is very
approachable and has one of the best transport infrastructures connecting it to the other parts of the
The academic environment at Aalto is very fostering and the research facilities are state of the art. The campus life at Aalto was very active, especially with all the parties organised by the guilds. I was a part of SIK (Sähköinsinöörikilta, Guild of Electrical Engineering) and the international sitsit parties was the highlight. The Teekkari culture was the best part and I really miss my time there!
What was your favourite course at Aalto University?
There were plenty of interesting courses at Aalto University. MEMS design and analysis course was
the highlight of the semester. The best thing about the course was the lectures from industrial specialists on various topics, especially from Murata, Vaisala, and VTT. The assignments helped me grasp the key concepts of MEMS-based sensors and design considerations. The accelerometer design project was gripping, and the learning curve went up by the end of the course as I didn't have any MEMS background and the course was the only source for developing the foundation.
What do you expect from the future?
The Masters in SSIs covers a wide range of technical areas from MEMS design to system-level integrations and includes a variety of topics from the semi-conductor industry. It has a promising future. In terms of the size of the market and technological standpoint, this field will be growing substantially in the coming years and will provide even more and better opportunities.
The SSIs itself is very broad and students can move to areas ranging from sensor design to process industry, embedded systems, IoT systems, cybersecurity, etc. SSIs offers extensive possibilities, and it solely depends upon the individual approach. The doors are open, we just need to see them.
What would you want to say to international students that consider coming to Finland to study?
I would say that Finland is a land of opportunities. The culture, be it the academic or corporate professional, is nurturing and will allow you to fulfill your goals. Finnish working life is based on equality, autonomy, and employs a culture of trust. Students will find these values as supportive and prolific for their career progression in the country.
In addition to that, the fact that Finland has a networked society and allows the inculcation of people from
various international ethnicities and backgrounds into their active networks will provide the finest and equal opportunities to the international students coming to Finland. Along with that, student life in Finland has its advantages. You will find the infrastructure of the country among the best in the world, be it transport, accommodation, food, etc. The universities as well as the student societies are always putting in genuine efforts for providing the best possible facilities to students covering from paid internships to finding jobs after graduation.
The country also offers a lot aside from academic and career opportunities, like nature. Thousands of lakes, conserved forests, snow-covered mountains, and especially northern lights are another reason for coming to Finland. You will find this place as a true beauty of nature and will cherish your time
I would definitely encourage international students to come to Finland and I am sure that they will find their own way here.