Despite some cultural and communication problems, Finnish exchange student Pirita has enjoyed her stay at Jaipuria Institute of Management. In Finland, Pirita attends the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, the leading higher education institute in the Satakunta region, located about 240 km from Helsinki on the west coast of the country.The university there has nine campuses, more than 500 staff members, offers 25 degree programmes in Finnish and five in English, and has 6,500 students, with an annual student intake of 1,100.
Satakunta University also focuses on internationality and international co-operation, promoting co-operation between institutes of higher learning, and it was through the student exchange programme that Pirita realized her dream of travelling toIndia. “I have always wanted to come toIndia,” she said, but had fears of travelling alone. Being able to travel in a group with other students provided the ideal opportunity.
With one month left in her trimester of study, Pirita said the experience has been “interesting” and “really nice.”
She’s been able to travel extensively here, visiting such places as Mumbai, Bareilly, Nainital, Mussoorie, Goa and theAndaman Islands, and says she has learned much from the Indian people and Indian culture.There have been some problems with communication and cultural differences – and the school course system here is very different from that in Finland, she said.
But she has enjoyed her stay (her studies centered on inter-credit marketing, management and import-export) and has made friends in India, three of whom have said they would like to come and visit Finland.For students coming here in the future, her advice is to spend some time with the Indian people and get to know them.