From Hyderabad to Berlin: A Pakistani student’s journey in pursuit of excellence
BERLIN: It is late Fall in Berlin, as Germans say, ‘Berlin genießt den goldenen Oktober.’ (Berlin is enjoying golden October.)
Yellow leaves are falling, and the streets are full of vivid leaves. “I enjoy walking on golden jaundiced-looking leaves scattered on all over the floor, with a cool zephyr around,” said Bushra Rahimuddin, a newly arrived Pakistani student from Hyderabad.
Bushra came to Berlin just a month ago to do her MS in neuroscience at Charite Medical University in Berlin. For her, when the weather becomes too drizzly, she starts to miss the shining weather of Hyderabad, Sindh.
Germany top choice for Pakistani Students
As of Winter Semester has started in German Universities, hundreds of new international students start there academic year across Germany. In recent times, Germany became an attractive destination for Pakistani students for Higher Education. More than 5000 Pakistani students are studying in various programs of top German Universities.
Yes, the number of males is higher than female students, but it is gradually rising, and many Pakistani girls arrive for Masters and Ph.D. research programs. Bushra is one of the many Pakistani female students. She wants to explore highly research-oriented programs in the field of neurosciences. According to her, with high-quality education and world-class academic staff, one can adequately prepare him/herself for future goals.
From Hyderabad to Berlin
After finishing her BS (Hons) in Biotechnology from Sindh University, Bushra got a scholarship of Erasmus Mundus for the neurosciences program. Now, she is living in a hostel located in the district ‘Wedding’ of Berlin. She enjoys living in a multicultural environment because, at the ‘House of Nations’ hostel, students share exquisite food, diverse culture, they help out each other in daily tasks. ‘Sometimes we seek each other help even in the study, in kind of study groups, she said.
German Capital is famous for its multiculturalism as a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. According to Bushra, student life in Berlin has a lot to offer. As an additional liveliness, she has joined “climbing clubs” “cycling class.” “Nobody can get loneliness in Berlin until and unless one goes out!” she said.
PSA’s Welcome eve at Pakistan Embassy
Pakistan Students Association (PSA) organized a welcome evening at the Embassy of Pakistan, for the students who recently arrived in Berlin from Pakistan.
Ambassador Jahaur Saleem welcomed new students. In his motivational and encouraging speech, he emphasized, “as goodwill ambassadors of Pakistan, you have to work to contribute to promoting the image of the country.” The Embassy of Pakistan also urges young Pakistani Students for their participation in promoting the culture and image building activities.
Later on, executive member of PSA Tauseef Nauman shared objectives of the Pakistan Student Association. Firstly to inform the students about the basic rules regulations i.e., Health insurance, police registration how to find affordable accommodations, etc.
Along with other newly arrived students, Bushra has also attended the Welcome evening. She got to know the answers of FAQs, where to go once landed in Berlin. “It was a perfect platform to know the Pakistani community and to sort out many students’ issues, she said.
PSA Berlin plan meets between local German and European and Pakistani students, so they can exchange viewpoints, learn, and socialize with each other.
Also speaking at the event, well known Pakistani Astrobiologist Dr. Nozair Khawaja shared his wisdom with young students, of being a researcher at Heidelberg University, before making his mark in the field of Astrobiology.
In the end, Bushra felt motivational because now she had the idea what sort of challenges she is going to face in the next two years until she acquires her Master’s degree in Neurosciences with flying colors.