“I dream of contributing to technology that will change the lives of people all around the world and working on 6G can fulfil this dream,” says Syed Hamza Nadeem, master’s student in Wireless Communications Engineering at the University of Oulu. He is excited to study at the first university in the world researching 6G technology. It is the main reason he chose to come to Oulu, the Arctic Silicon Valley.
Coming from an area in Pakistan, where winters are mild and the temperatures otherwise hot, Hamza is looking forward to winter in Finland and to experiencing a lot of snow for the first time. This new climate might be a challenge, but that is just how he likes it: “Rather a life full of challenges than a mainstream one,” he says. As of now, studies take place remotely and Hamza is happy how easy, comfortable and well-organised online teaching is.
During his school and university time Hamza got to know the cultural diversity of his home country, Pakistan. Now he sets out to find it in another part of the world. “I want to meet people from different backgrounds, which will give me a better perspective of the world,” he says. He chose Finland for gaining this perspective, because of its reputation of happiness and prosperity. “I would like to know how that feels and what makes a community happy,” he explains.
Hamza wants to play a role in bringing 6G into the world. Whether it will be in research or by working in a technology company, he wants to leave to fate. But one thing is for sure: The University of Oulu with its 6G flagship programme is the right place to start this journey.
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At the time of the interview this student resided in their home country and had not yet been to Oulu due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The interviews took place during the autumn semester 2020, when studies were mostly online.
Last updated: 3.12.2020