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Giang Quach, graduate of TourCIM, Vietnam

I studied in the Master's Degree Programme in Tourism, Culture and International Management TourCIM (previously called EMACIM: European Master in Tourism, Culture and International Management) at the University of Lapland, and I’m one of the first graduates of the program.

I came to Finland in 2008 for my bachelor’s degree and then to Rovaniemi in 2011 to pursue my master’s. There were many good reasons for me to study at the University of Lapland. First and foremost, it offers good education, high teaching standards and amazing student services. The programs are free and the schedules are flexible, and that enables students to optimize our learning experience. In addition, the area is also famous for its natural beauty and scenic landscape that is very attractive to the students.

"I had many opportunities to learn and grow professionally and develop personally as I was able to access quality education."

EMACIM is the only English master’s program in tourism in Finland, which is also why I chose to come to the University of Lapland. As I completed the program, I was able to get deep understanding in culture, tourism and international management; participate in real projects in the field, such as working with Flatlight Films during the Rovaniemi Design Week; and participate in conferences. I also had many opportunities to learn and grow professionally and develop personally as I was able to access quality education. During my studies, I met many friends and had supportive professors, and had a lot of fun: skiing, hiking, and hanging out with friends. One of the best parts has also been the unlimited resources via the university network of professors and faculties to develop my research and study interest. Compared to studying at a university of applied sciences, studying at ULapland has been a bit different. There has been more theory in studies here. Thanks to a small class size, I was able to have more interaction and received more direct guidance/support from the professors.

"This is a great place for not only to define your personal interest but also to obtain an outstanding education."

Before my studies at the University of Lapland, I was unsure about my future, but after finishing my master’s program, I was determined that research suits me well. In addition, there is not much research done on tourism in Vietnam. Thus, I decided to apply for PhD studies at the University of Lapland and I was fortunate to be accepted. I would like to continue with my current research, and after that, return to my home country to bridge the knowledge gap between Vietnam and other countries.

To anyone considering studies at the University of Lapland, I would like to say that this is a great place for not only to define your personal interest but also to obtain an outstanding education. Looking back, it has been a great ride for me, and I strongly believe that it will positively impact me years to come in my professional development.