Name: Edmund Alanana Tobico
Age: 29 from Tanzania
Course Undertaken at University of Aberdeen:
MSc GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
Why did you choose to study at the University of Aberdeen?
The course I was interested in was unavailable in Tanzania so my research led me to Aberdeen. There was a Scholarship that I could apply to which helped make my mind up that Aberdeen was the place for me.
What made you choose to study your course?
When I graduated from my Undergraduate studies in Geography and Environmental Studies I started to work in the Nature Conservancy Organizations in Tanzania. My duties meant I was out in the field collecting data for research using GIS tools to carry this out, I started to learn more myself and saw the opportunities that a greater understanding could offer career wise across numerous disciplines.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoy all aspects about my course in particular the link between the classroom learning and the application of GIS in the field. During my studies I have been able to use my own experience while working in nature conservancy organizations when undertaking assignments.
How have you found student life in Aberdeen and living in Scotland?
I have enjoyed living in Aberdeen, the pre departure information has helped lots. I enjoy learning about the day to day way life is in Scotland.
Do you stay in University accommodation?
Yeah I stay in Hillhead in a self-catered flat. At Hillhead there are students from all around the world, in my flat we enjoy learning about each other’s cultures and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Would you recommend the University to others?
I would recommend studying here to others who are interested in coming here. The staffs is very helpful right from the beginning, any time I have had any questions or sent an email they have responded very quickly.
How would you use describe your time in Aberdeen?
The University of Aberdeen is a conducive environment for learning. There are good learning facilities like the lecture rooms and the new library as well as good on campus services like the cafes. If you are happy and relaxed where you are it makes studying more enjoyable!
Finally for any student interested in travelling to Tanzania what one thing would you recommend doing?
If you get the chance to visit Tanzania I highly recommend visiting the national parks in particular the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. You will be able to see all kinds of wildlife especially the African Big Five game animals as well as visiting the Cultural Villages where you can witness first-hand the local culture and sample the brilliant cuisine.