Tony thinks COSSE is a world-class master's programme
Tony Ying is studying the joint master's programme in Computer Simulations for Science and Engineering. He is spending his first year at FAU in Erlangen and will go to TU Delft for his second year. He thinks Erlangen is an excellent place to work hard and play hard.
What made you decide to start studying at FAU?
I chose FAU because of the well-designed curriculum. Although we are registered in the computer science department, we are offered a well balance of both computer science and mathematics classes, which are equally important for scientific computing. The setting of Erlangen, a young and quiet university town which is suitable for studying, is another reason why I came to FAU.
Where will you study your second year?
I will go to TU Delft in my second year. Not only because it offers the specialisation in computational fluid dynamics, but also because of it's reputation and excellence in coastal modelling, a field in which I am interested to explore and engage in. Also, since COSSE students are enrolled at the Applied Mathematics department in TU Delft, we can acquire advanced knowledge of the theoretical sides of scientific computing, which is helpful for research and development of computing tools.
How did you decide which programme to choose?
I usually look at the academic strengths of the school, graduate prospects, career options and most importantly, personal interest.
What do you see as the greatest aspects of your programme?
COSSE is a world-class master programme jointly offered by four excellent universities with excellent teachers and students from every part of the world. The 'International' and 'excellence' are the greatest aspects.
How do studies here at FAU differ in comparison to your previous experience?
in FAU we are always required to work on coding. In the past when I studied in Hong Kong, I was often taught about the theories only. But in FAU both theories and application are emphasised.
What are your impressions of Erlangen and Germany?
Erlangen is a clean and energetic university-town. It's an excellent place to work hard and play hard. Germany is neat. Everyone is self-disciplined and always strive for excellence in all aspects.
Do you have a place in the city that you really enjoy and spend time at?
Not really a place in the city. But Erlangen is not too far from Munich and Frankfurt, which means it's easy to travel to any place in Europe.
Could you describe a regular day as a student at FAU?
A regular day is composed of lectures, coding in computer room together and beer in the evening.
What do you want to do after you have received your degree?
I would like to pursue doctoral studies in the field of environmental modelling in Europe. The COSSE programme has equipped me the essential skills to conduct academic research.
Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Erlangen and study at FAU in the future?
Come to FAU. You will not regret about it. The only slightly difficult thing may be housing, but the accommodation office in FAU will offer help for you.