Raoni ROCHA – Brazil
Doing a CIFRE fellowship in Nantes
«I have said it but I am repeating it: we, foreign researchers in Nantes, are very lucky to benefit from the MCE and especially the ladies working there with a lot of passion and efficiency. »Raoni ROCHA – Brazil
My name is Raoni Rocha, I am Brazilian and I am 33 years old. I am a PhD student in Ergonomics at the University of Bordeaux and attached to a R&D projects with ERDF-GdF of the Pays de la Loire. My research is about developing a culture of security within companies where risks are present.
I arrived in Nantes by chance. Actually it is because of my field of research that happened to be in the Pays de la Loire that I arrived in Nantes. I am very grateful for that since it gave me the chance to discover a surprising city: very lively, young, green, rich culturally and historically speaking, with an intense day and night life. From the beginning I have been very happy to get to know places like the LU and the Duchess Anne Castle, to get some drinks with friends in the Bouffay pubs or at the Hangar à Bananes, to do sport along the Loire or the Erdre, to take part in the Classical music nights at the Cité des Congrès, to travel in the books of Jules Verne or just simply to walk around the city center.
More than that, as a foreign researcher, I got to meet extraordinary people at a very special place: the House for foreign researchers (MCE).
First I find the kindness and competence of the women at the MCE who have helped me a lot in the administrative paperwork. I discover for instance that everything about my residence pemit can be solved without even going to the Prefecture ! (I have lived in Paris for two years and was used to long waiting lines and staff bad mood, so the application in Nantes was something I really appreciated.)
Also, through some formal and regular appointments at the MCE, the women have supported me a lot with various other topics: finding accommodation, getting round the city center, socializing with the other PhDs, any other practical information. I have said it but I am repeating it: we, foreign researchers in Nantes are very lucky to benefit from the MCE and especially the ladies working there with a lot of passion and efficiency.
At last, I’m at the end of the PhD and when going back to Brazil I will also keep good friends and fond memories of that marvelous city!
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