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I can't believe that I've already spent 5 years at DSU. I feel like my time here really flew by
In March of 2011, I entered a master's degree program at DSU. I still remember the moment I arrived at Gimhae International Airport that year. A female staff member from DSU's International Exchange Center picked me up from the airport, and we headed straight to the dormitory. The weather was very cold at that time. In fact, it was my first time to experience such cold weather.
In the afternoon on the same day, I joined Professor Lee Hoon-jae's laboratory. The first semester was quite difficult, but the difficulties gradually gave way to enjoyment, especially due to Professor Lee's teachings and advice.
Before I came to South Korea, I was in charge of
IT at the UN Office in Burundi.
It was hard for me to decide whether to go to South Korea. My wife was pregnant and we were expecting our child in just another month. Also, working at the UN Office in Burundi was such an extraordinary job to quit. I had to consider whether I should take the full scholarship program offered by DSU or stay at the UN Office. I thought hard about it, discussed it with my wife, and prayed for a long time about making the right choice. Eventually, I packed my things and came to South Korea. My wife joined me with our newborn son 6 months later.
On January 7, 2016, I officially finished all of the requirements for my Ph.D., and on February 12, I received my diploma from President Jekuk Chang. My wife was overjoyed and smiled cheerfully as she captured the moment with her camera. During the process of getting my master's degree and Ph.D., I participated in several projects sponsored by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), National Security Research Institute (NSRI), and others. These experiences helped me greatly while working in Professor Lee Hoon-jae's laboratory. I published six research articles in international journals and 25 more through conferences. Many of these research articles were published in SCIE and IEEE.
Now I'd like to share some of my thoughts about life in South Korea. First, South Korea is a beautiful country with many mountains and surrounding oceans. The transportation system is convenient, and the internet speed is incomparably great. I like Korean foods such as kimchi, bibimbap, sam-gyeop-sal, and gam-ja-tang. I definitely cannot forget about South Korea in the future.
Korean people are loving and warm. My life in Busan was joyful because of them. I don't know what will happen in the future, but I believe God will guide me.
Following graduation, I plan to work for a security research company.
In the end, I dream to be a university professor and continue my research in the field of security.
After finishing his Ph.D. at DSU, Bruce Ndibanje was accepted to a post-doctoral program in South Korea and has currently applied to be a researcher in the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). Several companies continue to contact him about employment and research opportunities.
Bruce Ndibanje has truly achieved his 'Korean Dream' by studying at DSU.