Télécom ParisTech

International Students Testimonials

I studied in a field that didn’t exist 5 years ago

Mike Botazzo

Originally from Campina (São Paulo, Brazil), a fan of math and IT, Mike Botazzo studied Data Sciences at Télécom ParisTech, an Institut Mines-Télécom  graduate school, with the desire to found his own company and the ambition of enabling people to learn.

I am a fan of math. In Brazil I studied IT and was able to put these concepts into practice. When I discovered the education system in France I thought it was excellent. I decided to seek out French excellence in digital technology and math as well as the personal and intellectual challenge I needed. It was hard at the start! I felt there was a big difference in level, despite my work and effort. Although it was difficult I decided to follow a ‘math’ track at Télécom ParisTech. I managed to develop my logical thinking, increase my pace and learn to formalize my mathematical reasoning.I didn’t only set myself an academic challenge, however. I have also discovered a new language (I can even understand jokes in French now) and I have mixed with new cultures: the human aspect here is strong. I have met excellent, and above all passionate, students and professors from all fields. These really are the sort of people I wanted to share things with.

"I have a long-term project. I want to change my country’s education system, establish new ways of learning, […] give everyone the opportunity to study..."

My interest in innovation was born here and has grown. I have always wanted to create my own company. During an internship I realized I was interested in research: by creating a company I can combine the two, developing innovative products or services. It is the very aim of the school, which has taught me so much on the subject. I have studied in a field that didn’t exist five years ago: Data Sciences. In my view, in a few years’ time the people at the top will be those who can program, analyze large quantities of data and generate and validate hypotheses. I would like to innovate and set up my company based on these concepts.

I hope to succeed thanks to the methods and tools I have acquired here and which I can use in any sector, because if I am successful I have a long-term philanthropic project. I want to change my country’s education system, establish new ways of learning. Education is the foundation for becoming a world power. I want to give everyone the opportunity to study and develop their potential.

Luise Torres : the testimony of a Brazilian student at Telecom ParisTech (in French, with English subtitles).

Elena Pugliese : the testimony of an Italian student at Telecom ParisTech (in French, with English subtitles).

Qu Zixuan : The testimonial of a Chinese student at Telecom ParisTech (in French, with English subtitles).

Hui Jin : the testimonial of a Chinese student at Telecom ParisTech (in French, with English subtitles).

Chiara Prencipe : the testimonial of an Italian student at Telecom ParisTech (in French, with English subtitles).

Quentin Michelet : the testimonial of a Telecom ParisTech French student in the USA (in French, with English subtitles).