Living and studying in a foreign country has always been one of my dreams

September 12th, 2023

Living and studying in a foreign country has always been one of my dreams

Check out our interview with Mounaf Al Makhlouf, a 2022 Stipendium Hungaricum Excellence awardee, who studies Medical Biotechnology at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and listen to his perspectives on the program and his experiences in Hungary.

The Award of Excellence is given to those Scholarship Holders who have achieved the most outstanding academic performance and contributed to the development of the Stipendium Hungaricum community. The award was presented by Miklós Lengyel, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Check out our interview with Mounaf from Syria.

What made you choose Hungary? What are your impressions so far?

The idea of living and studying in a foreign country has always been one of my dreams. I chose Hungary because it is a beautiful country, located in the heart of Europe, with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Furthermore, it has a charming history and culture. And I can say after living here for one and a half years, that it has been exactly what I was looking for, and more.

What do you think about your university and your study programme?

I am doing my master’s in Medical Biotechnology, at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. I have specifically chosen this program as I am really interested in this field of science. Moreover, studying in an IT faculty will allow me to build up my knowledge in programming and implement it in my career or research. Although, it can be challenging sometimes, it is still interesting and useful, nonetheless.

What is the best earning of studying in Hungary?

For me, the best earning of studying in Hungary lies in the relations I have established. Living in Hungary for more than a year, I had the chance to meet some very interesting people, make some new friends, and establish some long-lasting relationships. In addition, Budapest is a big city where people from different origins are living and interacting, so I could discover and experience different cultures and languages, which I find really important.

How did the scholarship contribute to improving your professional and/or personal skills?

Stipendium Hungaricum allowed me to continue my studies in Hungary, a place which is full of chances and possibilities. In addition to the interesting master’s degree I am pursuing, I have acquired many new skills in programming and biology. Furthermore, I was able to practice my hobbies in basketball, and playing the guitar.

What are your future plans? And how can Stipendium Hungaricum help you to achieve them?

For my future plans, I aspire to pursue a PhD in Medical Biotechnology or a related field of science, if it is possible, or to apply for a job in a medical company or a research centre. I think the experience and knowledge I have gained will be essential to achieve my goals.

Author: Michael Daramola, International Alumni Volunteer