Experiencing academic freedom in Finland: Iman’s story
Iman Baramaki closes his eyes and breathes in the cool early summer air, chilly even in Finnish standards. "Perhaps the best thing about Finland is the air. It's so clean. You only have to visit Stockholm to notice the difference." Energetic and cheerful, the 25-year-old postgraduate student is a relatively new resident of Helsinki. Originally from Iran, he had also studied in Turkey before arriving in Finland in August 2022. Pursuing an academic career and a life in Finland seems like a significant change considering his background. What made Iman choose Finland? The short answer is science.