Coming up from the previous Blog Post, you must have understood that I am currently studying at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu Taiwan.
Life at NCTU
Living in Hsinchu is very nice, the city has large housing societies, large park’s spread across the city to relax, and the NCTU Campus is perfect to spend the evening strolls. The lush green campus provides perfect situation to ease up the mood after a stressful day/week. Being a pioneering Institute in Taiwan, the University is has well funded and equipped labs and have immense Internship opportunities with the Science Park nearby.
There are usually fun activities arranged throughout the semester to keep the students engaged in social activities too. There are many student clubs which are co-funded by the university & usually the Students from NCTU and NTHU team up on organising local events for fun and activities.
In terms of Accommodation, NCTU offers Dorm facilities to the Student of the university, staying in dorm is probably the best choice for single students, the rooms are spacy, in -campus and provide adequate facilities for the students. The rooms in campus are usually 4 sharing, but they are well furnished with chairs, cupboards bed and internet. Safety and Transportation are taken care of while staying in campus.
NCTU has a large library and is open till 10PM on the weekdays, for student to take advantage of, it is also open for late hours during the exam time, to facilitate students take advantage of the 24Hrs open study hall. There are dominantly 3 Dining halls in the campus which offer variety of dishes to eat from. Apart from theses, there are small stores which offer snacks to the students. The campus also has 3 of the famous chain of 24*7 convenience stores in campus i.e. 7-11, Family Mart & Hi Life.
All this is well and good, but the toughest part is, getting through the coursework and the research of the studies simultaneously. Choosing the right professor for your research interest is the major challenge, there are many labs and professor who are into various field of research. The professor’s here are very kind and supportive to their students, this is very important and I believe this is what keeps me motivated to work.
At NCTU, we the International Student’s are encouraged and motivated to make ourselves as comfortable with the Local and the University has take various steps to ensure that the international students community is well adjusted. There are Students from various different countries around the world and it is a privilege for us to learn the cultures and to share intellect among them.