A chance to excel in Canada

Nayantara Duttachoudhury finds her niche in computer science in Québec

Together, the students and their professor developed a system to visualize the evolution of a software program from its first inception to the latest edition. The system provides useful information to software engineers and designers as they continually advance computer software packages to be faster and more user-friendly for new computer operating systems.

Outside of the laboratory, Nayantara and her cohorts enjoyed visiting the cities of Toronto and Niagara Falls and experiencing the many summer festivals of Montréal, including the nightly fireworks shows of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec.   Of the many career-building opportunities that the group attended, Nayantara found the Mitacs Step workshop on project management to be the most useful, saying: “We learned how to understand the people on our teams and to use their strengths effectively!”

The students were also awed by a tour through the labs of Ericsson Canada, makers of mobile phones and communication devices. The students got to talk to Ericsson researchers and see demonstrations of their work while on the tour, something Nayantara didn’t expect to see.

“The people here are so friendly, and the experience has been put together in such a wonderful way for us… I wasn’t sure about my research skills before I came here but now I have confidence in my work.  I’ve been telling my friends at home in India that if they want to study or work abroad, they need to come to Canada through Mitacs Globalink. In Canada there are so many high-quality universities and lots of opportunities for us— why would they go anywhere else?”

We thank Polytechnique Montréal for their partnership.

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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