I’ve been here at the University of Groningen for about two years now and I’ve loved each moment. I was accepted for a PhD position at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. What I appreciate most about the work atmosphere is that my colleagues and supervisors not only give me the freedom to be creative about my project but go one step further and support me in the things I want to implement.
If my experience at University of Groningen or in the Netherlands is to be described in one word, though it is difficult, but that would be splendid. Groningen is a perfect student city any student would love to live in with its clean and peaceful environment, not to forget its lively night life. Biking in Groningen, is an indispensable part of life which is a lot of fun, though heavy wind at times may make it a bit more adventurous.
The Summer School Experiments in Developing Countries was an evolving experience in whole with about 30 students coming together from different parts of the world but all with complementary future goals. Interacting and learning from professors like Robert Lensink and Erwin Bulte, who are well-known and established in their fields was a great opportunity.
As a teacher, I enjoyed the academic environment of the summer school as well as of the university. It was a unique attempt, which brought together a diverse group of students and teachers from different parts of the world to discuss the transformations that Indian society has been experiencing since the last few decades. The active participation and critical questions from the students helped us rethink many of the commonly assumed notions about religion and culture in India.
I am pursuing a research master program in Molecular Biology at the RUG. This program has a few ‘taught subjects’ and a couple of research projects. Taught subjects are very meticulously designed by the faculty members, with most contents dating back to 4-5 years (so very up-to-date). Additionally, during the coursework, students are expected to finish a week long ‘short project’, which gives good exposure of some of the most recent techniques of life science.
A small, coherent focused group (with 10 participants of various nationalities) like the one we had , formed the essence of this particular summer school. The small group added to the benefit of the quality of discussions and lecture we had, giving everyone an opportunity to participate enough in the lectures. The lecturers gave the students ample room to the participate actively, motivating us to bring the best to the discussion table and giving us an opportunity to engage deeply with the course instructors and fellow acquaintances on the varied topics covered, thereby making the environment intellectually stimulating.