“You are encouraged to be more critical and to challenge new ideas, and I think that is where innovation begins”
When it came to choosing to study a master's programme, it was not only a wish to enhance his practical skills that motivated Reuben Victor Laguitan, but also a wish to gain more in-depth and developed knowledge about the topics he is interested in. Today, he is confident that Malmö was the best place to study his master's.
Why did you choose the Biomedical Surface Science Master’s programme?
"I did my bachelor in medical laboratory science way back home, and our discipline is focused on aiding physicians in the diagnosis of disease. It requires patience and critical thinking. My experience working in the laboratory grew a significant interest on my part, and so I thought, why not venture in the research domain?
"I began searching for a master's programme that fit my field and my interests. What made me choose this programme is because of how it offers a unique perspective by bridging biomedicine and surface chemistry, which are two different discipline. It is not entirely a new field, but rather a bridge that connects two different worlds and ventures on researches."
What do you like most about the programme?
"What I like about the education is how they balance the theoretical and practical aspects of each course. I love how the learning process is a fair share between professors and the students. I love how they don’t give any restriction when it comes to the way we accomplish our academic requirements. We assess our level of knowledge, and as long as you know your responsibilities as a student then, there will be no problem."
What is the classroom experience like?
"I like how well represented the students are when it comes to the professional and ethnical background in the class because it allows more diversity in terms of knowledge and experiences. This kind of classroom environment enables us to work in a multicultural setting and encourages collaboration. We do have dynamic discussions with professors, where you are encouraged to be more critical and to challenge new ideas, and I think that is where innovation begins."
What is your experience studying at Malmö University?
"The University allows me to see the world from a different perspective. I never knew that there are so many opportunities given to students like personal and professional development seminars which allows us to be more equipped and ready once we set out in the real world. The University allows a lot of opportunities to build connections, whether it is personal or professional through various student organisations and close collaborations with different biomedical industries."
What is your impression of Malmö and Sweden?
"Sweden is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. Everything is well ordered, from safe and reliable transportation to equality amongst people and sustainable living. Coming in the city of Malmö for the first time, I instantly fell in love with its beauty because the city itself is young, modern and very international. I knew that choosing to come to Malmö to study is the best decision for my higher education."