An interview with Dimitri Zigone, University of Strasbourg Professor


What are your UFAZ impressions? 

I am very impressed by the students in general. They are very serious yet they ask a lot of questions, which is a little different from how it is in France.  

Why is it different? 

Here students are more active in their interaction with the teacher. In France, students tend to just make notes but not ask too much. They are interactive. From this perspective, it's very interesting. You can always see what students are thinking.  

What can students do to succeed in this class? 

They surely have to practice and exercise. I know they do not have much time to study all in one week with me. But according to the current UFAZ model, it is how it works now. Distance Teaching does not replace the presence of teacher during the class.

What are your teaching techniques? 

I think what is important is first to have your theoretical lecture and then train through many exercises. Because it is when you actually apply what you learn that you can learn how to think properly. It is a way to understand the details. I don’t think I have a particular teaching technique. I provide the main knowledge and then train the students with typical exercises.  

What are the employment opportunities for geophysics graduates? 

Generally, the opportunities are quite good. Geophysics is a vast subject and can apply to oil&gas sector and not only. Water resources, geothermal energy, geotechnics, academic research – all of these possibilities are open to students of geophysics after graduation. Geotechnics implies that building train tracks or nuclear power plants, one needs Geophysics to tell you what actually lies there under the ground. They will determine whether the place is appropriate for building works or not. So overall, this field has a lot of professional perspectives!

Interview realized by UFAZ PR department in Baku on 28 November 2018