Hello, my name is Shreyas and I am a 24-year-old from Pune, India. I did my bachelor's in Electronics and Telecommunication at the University of Pune. I am currently in the second year of my master's in Embedded Systems at TU Berlin. My entry university was TU Eindhoven. I enjoy hiking and travelling - and then writing about it! I speak English, Hindi and Marathi.
Why did you choose the EIT Digital Master School?
While working in a startup, I realised that having only technical expertise is not enough. The Embedded Systems and Innovation & Entrepreneurship structure of the programme was enough to get me on board. Studying in two premier universities in Europe, accessing to EIT Digital’s network and partial scholarship also contributed towards finalising my decision.
What do you like most about your academic curriculum?
The uniqueness of the programme! What separates the EIT Digital master's from other technical master's is that it focusses on learning technical skills and how to apply them in the real world. The quality of education is top notch and it is up to date with current industry research.
Was it easy to move to your entry/exit universities?
The master’s is not only about studying and getting good grades, but also about starting a new life, understanding different cultures and making connections. TU Eindhoven was very helpful with logistics such as getting a residence permit and opening a bank account for example. However, it was quite challenging in the beginning to acclimatise to the curriculum. On the other hand, moving to Berlin was a huge logistical task!
What is the greatest lesson this academic journey has taught you?
The most important resource you have is not your intellect or money, but it is your people network. For a startup, good teamwork is far more important than a unique idea. I would even say that the success or failure of any venture depends on its team.
Do you consider yourself a digital innovator?
I wouldn't call myself a digital innovator yet; I want to gain some more experience before starting my venture. I believe that if you want to build something successful, you should focus on tech which is not even there yet. Autonomation, IoT and Robotics are some of the promising areas I want to work on.
Which advice would you give to future students to be successful and make the best of this EIT Digital experience?
EIT Digital has a lot to offer, with its strong and wide community. Do take advantage of that. Opportunities are everywhere, and they will appear when you least expect them, so keep exploring! Finally, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so don’t forget to enjoy this journey and the beautiful continent!