Kandalam Ramanujachary, New Jersey, USA

American Professor Ramanujachary is doing a sabbatical leave project at TU/E. Only here three months, it is the Professor's second-time in the Netherlands.

Profession: Professor of Chemistry at Rowan University in New Jersey, U.S.A.

Eindhoven is... like a second home!

Is this your first experience as an expat? If not, where else have you lived as an expat?
This is my second time to the Netherlands and the first time was in the year 2002 when I spent nearly 3 months at the same University.

Are you a member of any international organizations or clubs?
I am a member of American Chemical society and a member of the International Union of Materials Research Societies.

Do you have a motto? If so, what is its significance?
"Love all and Serve all," is my motto. I like to interact with people, learn their culture and understand their point of view. I also like to help people with difficulties.

In your opinion, what is the best part about living in the Netherlands?
I love the openness of Dutch people, their culture and their friendship with foreigners.

What do you wish someone would've told you when you first arrived?
The food is much better than what others told me! I love the cheese, chocolate and wine of this land.

What is your best piece of advice for other expats?
Enjoy the warm friendship of Dutch, and be respectful of the local customs and culture.

What was your first impression of the Southeast Netherlands?
I find it to be very different than the northern part of Holland. In general I find them to be very helpful, open and highly respectful.

Did you experience culture shock?
Not really, since I lived all my life in countries where freedom is cherished and democracy is practiced with discipline.

What is Eindhoven missing?
A direct train connection to major European cities such as Brussels, Paris and Munich.

What is your favorite part about living in the Southeast Netherlands?
I just love the people here!

What do you miss most from home?
My wife and children.

If you could go back in time, to before you moved here; would you still move?
Maybe not.

What would you like to see in the Expat Center Brabant Newsletter, Expat News?

I think the Expat Center should be proud of its activities and its assistance to people like me who are visiting Netherlands for extended periods of time. During my visit to the center a couple of times, I found the staff to be very courteous, friendly and always doing their job with a smile! Please continue this and you will be a model for expat centers in other countries.

Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I wish all the readers good luck with their assignments in the Netherlands and to go back with memories that cherish for a long time.


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