Vasudevan Lakshiminarayanan

Recipient of the Delft Research Health Initiative scholarship, for researching better ways to treat cancer using nanoparticles.

Posted by Lincy Gomez at Dec 14, 2012 08:15 AM

During my internship in Germany I did quite a lot of traveling, and also visited the Netherlands, and I really liked it here. Through a bit of research I discovered that TU Delft has amazing research going on in the field of chemical engineering, particularly in nanochemical engineering. It was a connecting moment for me. I was excited at the opportunities to expand the field of nanotechology this university had to offer.

“I quite like my life in The Netherlands till now!" The Dutch seem to be very nice and helpful people. I've also met a lot of Indians here through the Delft Association of Indian students, and of course lots of international students as well. The climate’s pretty cold for me: I’m from southern India, where temperatures are between 25-35 ºC, so I had to get used to that. But of course I saw snow for the first time here! It never snows back home.”

“When it comes to academics I was surprised at how laid-back the professors are here, and how there’s a flat hierarchy here. Back home, I’d address my professor as ‘Sir’, while here I can just call a professor by his first name. You don’t feel really threatened by a professor, you can openly talk about any subject, discuss your doubts, etc. Also, they’ll be honest if they don’t know something. You can discuss the issue via email, and in the next class he or she will actually get back to you on the subject. The way they teach is also really nice. I’m really loving it here.”

“One major difference between the Dutch people and the rest of the world is that they’re very direct. I was told so before I came here, so it wasn’t something I had to experience to understand. It’s not really difficult to adjust to though, because once they’re being direct, you can also be direct with them. Other people can misinterpret that as being rude, but I like it. Everyone’s open and honest.”

Posted by Lincy Gomez at Dec 14, 2012 08:15 AM