About Me-

I am Vikendra Dabash from Indiaand am currently a Ph.D. candidateat the Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czechia. 

My first contact with Fulda University of applied sciences, Germanydates back to 2018 when I was studying in TBU as a Ph.D. student.  I had an applied for an exchange semester at Fulda University of applied sciences through the Erasmus programme. Due to my keen interest in the field of Food technology, Fulda University of applied sciences has a wonderful department of food technology. As Fulda university host for many international students and the European Union offered the ideal environment for studying Technology and Engineering. Completely satisfied with my short term exchange experience, after the acquisition of my Ph.D. (2020) I decided to return and further advance research in food technology here.

The International experience  

My experience as an international exchange student has overall, been positive, any challenges I meet are outside the research studies, namely affordable housing and the general cost of living. First, Fulda is one of the cheapest city in Germany however it is a little bit expensive in the comparison of Czechia cities. Fulda hosts many students, interns at Fulda University of applied sciences and young professionals in the mobility, finding a place to stay is a time- and money-consuming process. Student resistance remains the most affordable option- definitely not enough for the number of applicants- or there is flat sharing, which is rarely a value for money option. The rent is high in comparison with many other European student cities. On the other hand, student residences are often not able to take in the incoming students. On the positive side, I must mention the broad research curriculum offered within a high-quality research system, the efficiently operating administration and infrastructure, and, above all, the international environment.  

University support

As mentioned before, Fulda University of applied sciences has a very efficient administration structure that goes beyond the environment procedure. The competent staff was also very helpful with issues to do with official documents, such as the residence and other procedural issues. Well in advance of my arrival they had provides me with practical information and guidance, including lists of student residences and particular renting rooms to apply to. 

Upon arrival, I was welcomed and properly guided through well-organized orientation days, informative sessions.

Research experience- 

As I progressed with my research studies further, I mostly appreciatedresearch work with under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Uwe Grupa and Inga Huismann. During my exchange programme, as well as the research work guideline, the majority of research work was taught in English. The working language was German. The Professor and my colleague especially during my exchange research work were very renowned and highly esteemed in their field. Research experience at Fulda University of applied science was wonderful. If in future I get the opportunity to do work with Fulda University, I will do it definitely. At last, heartyThanks to all staff of Fuld university and especially Thanks to Prof. Dr. Uwe Grupa.  

Vikendra Dabash