João was elected as tthe PhD representative in the Doctoral Programme in Drug Research without voting.
Come to the HYVÄT Election Night in on Nov 7th at 18:00 in Dubliner (Mannerheimintie 5) to see all the election results.
My name is João Pedro Martins, a 28-year-old Portuguese living in Finland for about 4 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012, at the University of Trás–os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal, and a Master’s degree in the same field, at the University of Porto. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Doctoral Programme in Drug Research (DPDR) at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Recently, I have embraced a new challenge. I was elected as a doctoral student representative in the DPDR board. As graduates, we have all been students for about two decades (or even more), and many times we are not happy with the educational system. However, we must not forget that we can play an important role in improving and strengthening the professional circles around us. It is our duty!
The University of Helsinki stands firmly among the top 1% of the world’s research universities, and it is a wonderful place to study. This is already an indicator of great leadership, wise management, and commitment by those who work at the University. Likewise, the contribution of the DPDR to the high standards of the University should definitely not be overlooked. The resources and vast expertise of the DPDR’s workforce allow early-career scientists to deepen their scientific background and to develop high–level research, capable of competing with the best international players.
I applied for this position, first of all, to have a greater understanding on how the DPDR is organized, and to get acquainted with its duties and responsibilities, as well as the opportunities it can offer. I wanted to be part of an active network of professionals where the measures that affect us all are decided. As a student representative, I am committed to be a passionate advocate for our student body, driven by a solid will to make difference and actively contributing in decision-making.
Individually, being a board member allows one to develop communication, networking, teamwork, and organizational skills. Additionally, being a feedback channel between the students and the board can certainly develop one’s leadership and negotiation abilities, which may translate in higher employability chances in the future. Collectively, it means listening, supporting, and making the students’ voice heard. Representing the students’ interests in front of the board can be intimidating. However, I believe that my profile as a committed and responsible person, with a high sense of strictness and organization will help to bring new perspectives to the discussions, and stimulate focused and result-oriented discussions for the benefit of our students. If there is anything I can do to help you succeed, do not hesitate in contacting me.