The Italian student Francesca Rivello sent admission letters to five universities. All five accepted her. She chose Twente and MESA+. “Here you can already specialize in the first year and in the second year you can conduct your own research.”
You just started. Have you already received your first marks?
“Yes, we’ve already had the first three examinations. I got a 9 for Nanoscience, an 8 for Characterization of Nano-structures and an 8 for Molecular and Biomolecular Chemistry. I found the last subject the most difficult, because I didn’t have much chemistry during my Bachelor course.”
Why did Twente attract your attention?
“During my Bachelor’s degree in Italy I started thinking about what I wanted. In Italy I had to travel around for my Master’s. I would prefer to do it all at one location. I then discussed the possibilities with my professor. Of the five suggestions, Twente’s MESA+ was my first choice. Partly because you can already introduce a focus in the first year, and can then specialize. At secondary school I already hesitated between physics and medicine. At Twente, these come together. That’s because MIRA, the research institute for biomedical technology, is also situated here.”
And, do you like it?
“Yes. It is very nice and compact as well as being well-organized. In that respect, it’s quite like Turin where I was an undergraduate. I also find the international aspect very appealing. For example, I spend a lot of time with a Chinese girl and a Brazilian boy. When we arrived here, there were workshops for international students. For example, we learned about the education system in the Netherlands and how you should address the lecturers. In Italy, you refer to the professor by his title and his surname. Here you can use first names. The lecturers also know you by name.”
Do you miss Italy?
“Not really, Turin is only an hour away by plane. There are, of course, no mountains here, but the scenery is beautiful and varied. I am now also working hard to learn Dutch so that I can integrate properly.”
You played golf quite well; why did you not want to continue playing?
“If I wanted to continue with golf, I would have to devote all my time to it. And then I wonder whether I could also make it my work. I’m just more interested in science.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I’m not exactly sure yet. I want to do something in the field of diagnosis and treatment of various diseases with the aid of nanotechnology. I will soon have my first progress interview with my coordinator. Maybe I can help with the development of medical equipment. In any case, here in Twente you can go in all directions. Research, business world, everything is possible.”
NAME: Francesca Rivello (1992)
POSITION: Master’s student in Nanotechnology. Started her Master’s degree in Twente in September 2013
PREVIOUSLY: attained her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Engineering at the Technical University of Turin in Italy HOBBY: Rivello played golf at a pretty high level (handicap: 3). She now plays tennis for fun and for the social contacts
MESA+... ‘has a special coordinator for international students. It is very nice that there is someone who is there for you and who helps you’
Nanotechnology master is top-class
In the Dutch Keuzegids (study guide) Masters for 2014, the University of Twente Nanotechnology programme has the highest rating. The programme may use the ‘Top course’ quality seal for a whole year.