What made you choose the University of Oulu?
I graduated as an information & communication system engineer from National University of Science & Technology (NUST), which is one of the most renowned institutions in Pakistan. I wanted to enroll in a MSc programme that would give me the opportunity to specialize in my field. My past has inspired me to try to be the best that I can, and to not settle for anything less. I firmly believe that inquisitive and explorative attitude leads to constant learning process.
As a communication system engineer, I want a versatile education where I feel like I’m being challenged, and where I will experience things that no other university can offer me. After digging into a lot of programmes in wireless systems offered by various universities around the globe, I realized that the programme in Oulu aims to develop a strong theoretical background involving the future of wireless communication systems. The courses also develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practices in wireless systems and networks.
What was it like to study wireless communications engineering in Oulu?
The University of Oulu dares to be different, and the spirit really stands out. I highly recommend it because of the great learning experience & excellent faculty. I always believe that the essence of university education lies in a synergetic relationship between students and their department. I feel that graduate study at the University of Oulu was the most logical step towards reaching my objectives. The versatile education that I received at Oulu has stood me in good stead throughout my career.
What have you been doing after completing your Master’s degree?
After completing my Master’s degree in Oulu, I immediately got a PhD position at the 5G innovation centre in the University of Surrey. When I started my research work, I strongly felt that the courses taught in Oulu helped me a lot in grasping the concepts. The best thing I learned in Oulu was how to find relevant information quickly and easily. The vast course content of my Master’s programme enabled me to tackle different issues of wireless systems in an appropriate manner.
What are your career plans?
After I finish my PhD, I aim to open my own consultation company with the help of my colleagues from Oulu and Surrey to provide consultation on various wireless problems or to enhance our research work into some product for future wireless networks.
Do you have any advice to those considering studying WCE in Oulu?
I highly recommend the Master’s Programme in Wireless Communication Engineering at University of Oulu, if you are aiming to have a blend of theoretical, practical and managerial skills related to wireless networks. The courses offered in Oulu cover each aspect of wireless networks a person should know if he/she aims to pursue a career in wireless communication. Last but not least, don’t worry about the Finnish weather. It’s a fun experience even at its coldest, and the programme really is worth it.
Last updated: 13.7.2016