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Affiliation and grade: second year of IGPAS doctoral program, Department of Chemistry
Hanis Binti Mohd Yusoff
Hanis, a teacher of chemistry at the University of Malaysia Terengganu, was sent to the Tohoku Graduate School of Science by her university to study organic physical chemistry. “Few of our faculty specialize in this field, so when I go back to my university after graduating from here, I will use this experience and the knowledge I have gained to train other faculty in the Department of Chemical Sciences,” says Hanis.
Ever since her childhood, Hanis had wanted to visit Japan, so she searched out several Japanese universities on the Internet. “Tohoku University’s website was friendly, informative and had information in English on the subjects I wanted to know about,” says Hanis. “And I got a fast response from my supervisor who helped me enroll.”
She says that though the research has been hard work, everyone has been helpful. Overall, she rates the student support system “as very good, beyond my expectations,” and she is “very impressed with the equipment.” In Malaysia, all the instruments and equipment are shared by all the students, she explains. But in the Graduate School of Science each lab specializes in a subject. “So we don’t have to wait in long queues to use the instruments and other equipment.”
As for life in Japan, Hanis is enjoying herself. “Japan has a rich culture and many festivals, so I go to see them whenever I have time. It’s a lot of fun. And Sendai, though a city with all the facilities you need, also has plenty of parks and other open spaces. Beautiful countryside is very accessible.”
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