Yujie Wang, doctoral student
To begin with, I had a dream of becoming a scientist, but I didn’t understand what it involves. I didn’t understand food sciences very deeply either when doing my bachelor studies, but when I came here to Viikki I had the opportunity to discover what really interests me and to go deeper into the science. Then came the big question: how can food science make the world a better place? That is also one of the reasons I started my PhD studies.
Viikki is quite known in China in food sciences, and my University even has an exchange programme with the University of Helsinki. In the beginning, we got tutoring and support from our professors, as well as support from a Chinese professional association. I received a lot of information and a better view on what it means to be a food scientist. I know I need a global view on food challenges and how to tackle them. The professors and senior students have explained a lot and have also guided me on what and how to study.
What are the best parts of studying in Viikki and at the University of Helsinki?
Firstly, the University of Helsinki is doing real research work, so if you are interested in research you definitely should come here. Secondly, the University is located in the city of Helsinki, which is a big city where I enjoy living, because it has everything. When studying in Viikki, I’m not missing out on any aspects of life such as a social life - in my opinion this is a really great place to study. You have everything needed for life here, including city life and social life – the ability to combine both is the best part. My time is spent in a valuable way, and I enjoy staying here. Even the winter time is wonderful here – most Chinese people love snow because we don’t have much snow in China where I come from. It is exciting. Living in Helsinki is easy, and the Viikki Campus is just half an hour from downtown.
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