Reasons to leave an old home for a new home
I decided to further my education at NUI Galway in 2017. At that time, the main reason was simply that I was awarded a full scholarship for pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Other than that, I thought it would be very useful for me to sharpen my English skills during my study in Ireland. After Brexit, Ireland was recognised as the only English-speaking country in the EU. Additionally, my study at NUI Galway was funded by an EU project. This created even more valuable experiences for me as multiple partners from five countries in the EU were involved in the project. Since I graduated from a German university for my masters degree, it is always very convenient to use the same currency as the Euro (€).
After a few years, I found many similarities between my home country, Indonesia, and Ireland. These countries are the archipelago and geographically very closed to the ocean. This brings even more enthusiasm to my research in the renewable energy field. I quickly realised that what I learned in Ireland can be adopted by Indonesia in the future.
The reason why I am always happy to study and live in Ireland is due to the warm-hearted Irish people. They make everyone feel so welcome and at home. I would have been regretful had I not left Indonesia for Ireland in 2017. I would love to see more international students from Indonesia come to Ireland and experience what I have.
Tubagus Aryandi Gunawan, PhD research student in mechanical engineering at NUI Galway