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Lu Zhuoyan, doctoral student in Space Law, China

Finland is one the very few countries which provides a chance to study space law. I found out about this opportunity when I attended a space law conference in South Korea where I met Lotta Viikari, a professor of space law from the University of Lapland. Later I contacted her by e-mail.

"Studying here is different compared to my home university, here the emphasis is on independent work."

I decided to come to the University of Lapland to do a doctoral degree because the doctoral programme here impressed me. It’s a demanding programme and I’m a person who loves pressure. The facilities are good and the Finnish education system is well known. Studying here is different compared to my home university, here the emphasis is on independent work. I also like the fact that there’s only one campus because in that way people are in closer contact with each other. I believe that studying in Finland will be beneficial considering my future. My plan is to finish my doctoral degree in Finland and stay in the academic field and maybe become a university teacher.

"Once you get to know Finns, you’ll see they are warm inside which makes it possible to establish good and long-lasting relationships."

When I came to Finland in November 2010 my first conclusion about Lapland was that Finnish people are like the weather in here: cold and silent. But I soon realized that once you get to know them, you’ll see they are warm inside which makes it possible to establish good and long-lasting relationships. Finnish people are always willing to help you. Before coming here I had lived only in very crowded places and at first it was difficult for me to not have that many people around me. Later I got used to it and now Rovaniemi really feels like home to me. I can’t even imagine living in a crowded place anymore!