RUB Bauwesen CompEng

I am Velammal Somasundaram, M. Sc. Computational Engineering student from India. I have completed my B.E. Civil Engineering in India with First class Distinction with 84% in 2006. After my 4 years course I got selected in a campus interview and continued my profession as structural engineer. This motivated me to continue with higher education. After researching about different international universities, I came to the conclusion of studying in Germany since security, support and ultra-modern facilities were available there for students. My interest in research, and especially automobile research, was another reason to choose Germany as a destination for my higher studies.

I had several offers from German universities, so I asked my friends in Germany for advice. All of them strongly recommended that I should go to Ruhr-University Bochum, which has a good reputation and is located in a beautiful area. Without hesitation, I took the chance. After studying in Bochum for more than half a year, I was very glad that I made this decision. I would like to thank my course coordinators Mr. Dipl. Ing. Jörg Sahlmen and M.A. Julia Lippmann for their kind support in all ways.

First and foremost I am really thankful and happy to have completed my Master in a great place like Germany. It is a country where full support is given, especially for talented students. On the whole, I think it is just great to study and live in Germany, in particular in Bochum. I had so many exciting experiences and got a first-hand view of another country.
When you live in Bochum, you will soon find out that the city is embedded in a huge urban area which is called Ruhr District. As a student, you can go to any of those more than 20 cities without having to pay for public transport, including Dortmund, Essen and Düsseldorf.

As an Indian student, I really liked Bochum because it is full of woods. Whenever I have some free time, I take a walk outside where I then see people walking their dogs, hearing the chirping of the birds and wishing “Guten Tag” to anyone I meet on my way. The friendly and harmonious atmosphere in this city is so amazing. It is something special to this area of Germany, I believe.

At the same time, I also love the crazy “Karneval” that takes place yearly once for several days, to see the crowded streets with people merrymaking wearing different kinds of costumes. Everyone is boisterous and there is no sign of the quiet people and silent streets that are normally around you.

Let me share my experiences of my Master studies in Computational Engineering at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). The first day started with a warm welcome by the lecturers and an open discussion about the courses and the facilities at RUB. The labs were equipped with the latest computers and softwares. The complete staff was always with us to share their ideas and to help us solve potential problems. Within a few weeks, we understood that the journey towards a Master degree in Computational Engineering was not so easy, though. I achieved good grades in the examinations and came in the top 5 list in the whole class. My course coordinator exempted me from tuition fees for the next semester on a merit basis. By the mean time I found student jobs in the university at the "Computing in Engineering" Department and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

One day, however, completely changed my life, since I have always been having a tough time before: It was the day when I was awarded a scholarship granted by the Federal State of Northrhine Westphalia and the RUB International Office. At this point at the end of my second semester I realized that Ruhr University Bochum is nurturing students giving them even financial support.

At the end of my studies the possibility to do a 4 months master project in a company or in the university opened up great opportunities for the future. I chose to do it at Ruhr University Bochum at the Department of Concrete Engineering on the topic """.

I am sincerely thankful to the university and the NRW Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research for granting this student scholarship to me. With their full support I finished the M.Sc. course Computational Engineering successfully with 1.9 grade points. Furthermore, I gained precious knowledge on many aspects – not only from a subject-specific point of view but also in terms of social skills. The international surrounding during my studies considerably helped me develop my social abilities. We had students from more than 10 different countries, a very global course, indeed. As an Indian student, I was keen on knowing about temples, Gurudwaras, Indian food and other related stuff. This information was provided to us by our tutors, students from the older semesters who helped us new students with issues like visa, health insurance, accommodation, buying groceries etc. The sports offerings and cultural activities at the university were endless.

Although the lectures were completely held in English, we also had the opportunity to learn German for free. I improved my German language skills with the ‘Deutsch als Fremdsprache’ course offered in the university free of cost.

In short, I would like to say that my master studies gave me the best experience in my life. Thanks from the bottom of the heart for the full support given from the university which helped me finish my Masters in an excellent manner.

Velammal Somasundaram
CompEng graduate 2011