Olivier Braem, student
‘As well as having reputable institutions of higher education, Lausanne is a suitable environment for many activities on the lake and in the mountains.’
Why did you choose to study in Lausanne?
OB | I wanted a career in science and I chose Lausanne because of the reputation of the EPFL.
What were your first impressions when you arrived in Lausanne?
OB | It's a multicultural city. It has lots of people from different backgrounds.
What and where did you study before starting a course of higher education in Lausanne?
OB | Prior to joining the HEP, I did a master's degree in physics at the EPFL. I then continued in research with a doctorate and a postdoctoral year. Later on, I decided to stop my research and become a teacher.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
OB | Multicultural, dynamic, welcoming.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your studies?
OB | Meeting my Cameroonian wife, the birth of my two children during my doctoral studies.
What are you planning to do after your studies?
OB | I hope to complete my studies at the HEP and become a teacher of physics. I am pursuing a course of training at secondary I level, which will allow me to teach in a college.
Will you stay in Lausanne after finishing your studies if you have the opportunity to do so? And if so, why?
OB | Yes, of course, I'm settled here with my family. My wife already works in education. I would like to find a permanent post in a secondary school or college in the region.
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to start your higher education?
OB | Absolutely. As well as having reputable institutions of higher education, Lausanne is a suitable environment for many activities on the lake and in the mountains. It's a very pleasant setting for students.
And your fondest memory of Lausanne?
OB | It was the moment when I met my wife.
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford