Antonio Semakalu

Antonio Semakalu
Uganda

Coming to Estonia...
I came here because of the strong academic foundation in science which is conveyed by the years Tartu University has been in the field of science and the position it hold in the world rankings.

How did I end up here? Hahahaaha really my journey - it is a long story but what I can say that it was a hatchet and costly because of the travels I had to make to Cairo for residence permit application. I had to go there twice and from there I connected to Czech Republic, and then to Tallinn where I met a man called George who really helped me to reach the bus station to Tartu where my tutor picked me up. But apart from being on a long journey from Uganda to Egypt, then from Czech Republic to Estonia I was disturbed a lot in the airports since I was using a residence permit card instead of a sticker in my passport. But finally I arrived with high enthusiasm of studying at the University of Tartu.

Before coming here...
I was expecting to meet a bit rough and complicated people as I used to hear about Soviet culture and of course to find the problem of a language barrier and even the cold temperatures! For sure this I was thinking about when I was in the airport.

Student life in Estonia...
Student’s life is totally different here because of the multicultural environment in terms of socialising, every time you expects to find different ways of dealing with a new person u meet. Its quite challenging! But gives a big opportunity to learn different cultures than in my university where we are the same people.

The institutes are impressive! They give a good environment for study because all the necessary materials are present and the way tutors and lecturers handle students really is excellent.

Tartu is not so expensive when it comes to accommodation and living costs. Although students who don’t get stipend find it hard to live. But at least with such a good education you cannot find so cheap living costs as here.

Studying in Estonia...
Academically i can say that here professors are so inspiring, they enlighten your brains to many things in that you can see yourself in many fields and u left with just the choice to choose and from here i will have acquired international education that is highly recognised .

With the number of international friends i have got, I have made good contacts for the future.

Best things that have happened to me in Estonia...

The best thing will be, to have graduated from a university that is among the first 1% of the world’s best universities in the world and which is among the few that exist in the Coimbra Group. I will be very proud of this!

From the vast amount of courses I have and taht I will take - this is going to make me a strong contendant for international jobs.

I would tell others...
University life here is so interesting, because here professors are always there to help you. They are always there for your disposal which gives you an opportunity to fully understand everything you want to know. So those regarding studies as their first priority - here is the best place.

My degree programme is...
With the great challenges the world has due to its dependency on measurements this program is there for its rescue because it tackles each and every thing concerning measurement in both science and outside science and it acts as a joint for all other curriculum which gives you an opportunity to work in different fields of science and non science especially management

While being away from my home country, I miss the most...
I miss the type of my favourite food Matooke (Banana) and my family of course especially my beautiful daughter because they are far and will not be able to go back within my studies.

Studying is in Estonia is an international experience...
Your CV gets an international recognition and you get wide exposure to different people and culture which at the end make you an international.

And in many cases you get to learn other languages.

My future plans...
To get a PhD in chemistry or nanoscience and even to do research on renewable energy. I want to work for international Atomic Agency or maybe also for UN as I am helping the people in need. If possible to transfer the great knowledge to young ones at the university through lecturing will be one the great things in my future.

The last thing I want to say...
Those who are doing chemistry should consider at least one of their levels of studies at Tartu university and have an experience of the vast courses in the field of chemistry that are available in chemistry institute. Waaaauuuuu I feel like I want to remain here for more courses that i have just read about.

And also to have a chance of being taught by Professor Ivo Leito who knows Metrology in chemistry better than any other person.

Mwena abewulira olukemwa (chemistry) musaana nemuyitaako mu UT kuba nka.

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