Presenting IUS Alumni: Dina – Aina Zukić
 

IUS Alumni: Dina – Aina Zukić

"My university, which I am really proud of for its success and how it has continued to grow, opened up many opportunities and many doors to me. In the undergraduate GBE program, at the time when I studied, students had to fulfill 60 days of internship. I absolutely love the fact that students have to go through the process of searching for their internships, contacting companies, updating CVs, which all in all pushes them beyond their comfort zone", said Zukić.

 

IUS: Could you please tell us something about yourself?

Dina: I am an IUS Baccalaureate alumnus, Dina – Aina Zukić, I am 23 and currently enrolled in the master's program in Genetics and Bioengineering. My fields of interest are Molecular Diagnostics and Cancer Research.

IUS: How did IUS help you to achieve your educational goals?

Dina: My university, which I am really proud of for its success and how it has continued to grow, opened up many opportunities and many doors to me. In the undergraduate GBE program, at the time when I studied, students had to fulfill 60 days of internship. I absolutely love the fact that students have to go through the process of searching for their internships, contacting companies, updating CVs, which all in all pushes them beyond their comfort zone.

I say that because I decided to take a semester off from my master’s studies and do another internship somewhere abroad. I am currently doing a six-month internship at the prestigious Institute Gustave Roussy. I am working on personalized therapies for stage III and IV lung cancer patients. I must say that this has created many opportunities for my future career. What is most important, I have discovered what I really want to do in life: work with cancer patients.

IUS: How would you describe your student experience at the IUS?

Dina: At the IUS, the professors are always available for any questions, or even if you would like to discuss more about their subject. Professors have authority, which does not mean that students are scared of them, but that professors earned their respect.

Also, the non-academic staff (specifically, the Student Affairs Office) is absolutely amazing and always ready to help when needed. They are very professional, yet there to help you with a smile. This was extremely helpful when I was a first-year student, completely new and fresh to the world of student responsibilities and life. They really guided me well throughout my four academic years and currently as well in my master’s program.

IUS: What is particularly interesting about IUS?

Dina: I must say that I absolutely enjoyed studying at IUS. I have earned my undergraduate degree and have continued to study at the master’s level. I like the fact that the curriculum of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences makes you take a very wide spectrum of classes. For example, I studied Genetics and Bioengineering, but I have taken an elective course of Manufacturing Systems, where I studied about cars and airplanes (how they work, what they are made of).

IUS has a very wide spectrum of compulsory courses and electives where you decide what you are interested to do in future. I really enjoyed all of the courses that IUS offers.

IUS: What is your message for future and current IUS students?

Dina: I would like to tell them to use IUS’s rich curriculum to grasp many things in their field of interest. Grab the opportunity of going to a really good internship to see how other companies do things in your field of studies and learn from them. Thrive for excellence in what you do! Use opportunities at the IUS to achieve that excellence! 

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