Scientist from Pakistan
The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is my gateway to the rest of Europe. It only takes an hour to reach all kinds of places: France (including beautiful Alsace), Switzerland, and of course, the Black Forest and the Palatinate. It’s wonderful! And let’s not forget the outstanding quality of life right here in the region. “High tech meets the good life” – I couldn’t have said it better myself!
My scientific career has taken me all around the world, so I also have plenty to compare to. Besides Pakistan, my family and I lived in Great Britain for a time, and I completed my doctorate in Berlin. Only Karlsruhe has become our second home, though.
What actually brought me to the city was a job at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). I already held an excellent position at my university in Pakistan, but when I read that posting, I knew right away that I had to apply. My research is centered on human-computer interaction, and the working conditions the region offers in this field are ideal. The support structures in place in Germany really are unique; as a scientist, I just have more opportunities here. Since I lecture and supervise dissertations in addition to my research, my work at KIT is also very diverse, which I very much enjoy.
I’ve been here for more than two years now, and I can’t believe how time as flown by. At first, the fact that my wife and our three children couldn’t directly come with me to Germany was somewhat inconvenient; and the process of getting them residence permits was fairly complex, too. As soon as everything was done, however, we soon realized that we wanted to stay!