News

Plenty to choose from at Aalto

Banafsheh Khakipoor, a student of bioinformatics, has nothing but praise for the university in which she is studying - with one small exception.

Finland took first place in a comparison made by StudyPortals. In the comparison, international students evaluated their experiences in European institutions of higher education.  Respondents were especially pleased with the content of the studies, the lively student life and the services offered by the university.

Banafsheh Khakipoor, who studies in the Master's Program in Bioinformatics at Aalto University's School of Science, is pleased with her choice.

‘I especially love the freedom of choice - the fact that in addition to my own main subject, it is possible to study in nearly any discipline available at Aalto. I have long been interested in games, and I am studying game production here alongside bioinformatics,’ she says with a smile.

In addition to freedom, Aalto University emphasizes the significance of independent work and responsibility. Banafsheh, who completed her bachelor's degree in Dubai, admits that for someone who is used to a school-like way of study, the independence initially seemed difficult.

‘Now I am used to it, and I have noticed how useful it is - both from the point of view of learning, and later at work,’ she says, adding to the list of positive aspects the uncomplicated interaction between students and teachers, the international atmosphere, and the ease with which practical matters are dealt with.

‘People are so systematic here.’

Not enough snow

In the comparison, Finnish universities got negative feedback on traveling possibilities, the weather, the culture, and the price level.  Banafsheh says that she was warned in advance about the expensive food in Finland, only to be pleasantly surprised.

‘There really is a wide selection at the university cafeterias in Aalto and a good price-quality ratio,’ she says.

But something negative has emerged in her year of studies so far.

’At first the lectures seemed slow-paced,’ she admits and adds that she has grown used to that as well.

‘I was also disappointed that the winter was so warm! I wonder if there will be more snow this year.’

 

StudyPortals Awards 2014 – Finland - check the results here!

 

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

Mcha Khamis and Liisa Åström
Studies Published:

Aalto students from past to present: Transition from student life to career life

As a student who is just starting to find his first steps in the industry, Aalto student Mcha Khamis was wondering what kind of skills were needed for him to fit into the job market.
Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulun Metex-palkintoehdokkaat
Cooperation, Studies Published:

Nominees for the Metex Awards announced

The four Metex Prize nominees are graduates at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Technology Industries of Finland's Centennial Foundation awards the Metex Prize 23 January.
AllWell 2019 image
Studies Published:

Study well-being questionnaire AllWell? in February 2020

The study well-being questionnaire AllWell? is open for second year bachelor’s and first year master’s students from 5 to 19 February 2020. The students will get a link to the questionnaire by email. AllWell team offers course visits to promote the questionnaire.
Marium Durrani
Research & Art, Studies Published:

Revival of garment mending: communal reskilling addresses global issues of textile waste

Dissertation of the month: Mending clothes, one of the oldest practices known to humankind, nowadays stands for global awareness of the textile waste problem.