Mikheil Basilaia

Georgia

Coming to Estonia...
I wanted to continue my studies at Masters level. I had an option of studying Cyber Security in Estonia. Information and Communication Technology is advanced in Estonia, TUT and Tartu University are high level educational institutions, so as I was very interested in Cyber Security (there are no any MA program in Cyber Security in Europe), I decided to come to Estonia.

Before coming here...
Estonia and Georgia both were part of the Soviet Union. I spent one semester in University of Latvia as an exchange program student at my BA studies. So I knew about German, Scandinavian and Russian influences on the Baltic.

And Estonia is one of the main foreign policy partners for Georgia.

Student life in Estonia...
University environment is different itself. I think in Estonia there is everything needed for study – from libraries to high level academic personnel. Some fields of studies are underdeveloped in Georgia.
Another difference is that there are no campuses in Georgia. I found student life in Estonia more „student“ - crazy, funny and full of surprises, than in Georgia.

Studying in Estonia...
I think evaluating outcomes during the process is not quite exact thing, but I appreciate study level here. As for personal, I like the way Estonians live, I mean their calm character and inclination to privacy.

The best things for me...
I cannot choose single event from period I lived in Estonia. Benefitted as much as I learned a lot in my field of interest.

Studying in Estonia...
Estonia is the country where student can have both – high level education and high level fun!

My degree programme is...
...programming, networking, law, management, marketing, design, cryptography, organization, war, politics...

While being away from my home country, I miss the most...
Warm weather, I mean that winter is quite long here. On the other hand, I liked a lot of snow as we don’t have much in Tbilisi.

I liked to study here...
You meet a lot of people from different countries. You can have better education abroad and a lot of fun.

My future...
Nothing special yet – finish second semester and then prepare for the third. And have fun during that process.

The last thing I want to say...
ესტონეთი ევროპის პატარა სილიკონის ველია. გარდა ნატოს კიბერთავდაცვის ცენტრისა, მალე ტალინში ევროპის IT სააგენტოსაც გადმოიტანენ. ესტონეთი არის მშვიდი, წყნარი ქვეყანა, სადაც განათლების გარდა გართობაც შეიძლება!

Estonia is little Silicon Valley of Europe. NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence is situated in Tallinn and soon European IT Agency will be moved here. Except that, Estonia is calm, nice country to study and have fun!

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