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Oana Coman (Rumania), Civil Engineering

Oana Coman (Rumania), Civil Engineering

 
Oana Coman from Rumania is studying Structural and Civil Engineering at a degree level

"Studying Structural and Civil Engineering at Aalborg University is truly a fun and educational experience. Not only have I learned a lot about myself, I have also gained a lot of new knowledge which I can make use of in my future career.

Before coming to Denmark, I was particularly interested in wave energy. This is a concept that is very well developed in Denmark and therefore studying in Denmark was an obvious choice. I chose to study at Aalborg University because of its involvement in the development of wave energy, and because it is located so close to the sea. I can actually use the knowledge I gain in practice.

This is one of the things I value the most about my study programme. You don’t just study a lot of theory, but actually gain practical experience through the projects you make. Also, you can go into depth with the subjects you are really interested in which in my case is wave energy.

Choosing to go to Denmark to study at Aalborg University has proven to be an excellent choice!"

Jannie Jessen Nielsen (Denmark), Structural and Civil Engineering

Jannie Jessen Nielsen (Denmark), Structural and Civil Engineering

 
Jannie Jessen Nielsen from Denmark is studying Structural and Civil Engineering at a postgraduate level

"One of the reasons I chose Aalborg University was the study method: project oriented work in groups. You gain a lot from discussions, correcting other people’s work, being corrected, studying for an exam together, etc. I have found this study form rewarding, as you work with entire projects similar to being in the industry instead of solving problems that are just fragments of a project.

This master’s programme allows you to do experimental work, investigate different theories and the limitations of these theories by yourself and in that way gain a better understanding of the theory. You are also trained in how to write a scientific report and how to make an oral presentation.

I spent my third semester working as a trainee at Rambøll (a Danish Engineering Company). I worked on different projects and was relieved to find that what I learned at the university could be used in industry.

It is a nice feeling that something you designed will in fact be built."

Rasmus Moerk (Denmark), Mechanical Design

Rasmus Moerk (Denmark), Mechanical Design


Rasmus Moerk from Denmark has a degree in Mechanical Design from Aalborg University

 "I graduated as a mechanical engineer in Design of Mechanical Systems from Aalborg University in 2008. Since my graduation, I have been employed as an industrial PhD at Liftra in Aalborg.

Liftra is developing special lifting and transportation equipment for the wind turbine industry. Most Liftra projects are about prototype development, which assumes creative and technical skills.

In my daily work, I use my background from Aalborg University when doing structural calculations and mechanical designing."

Olena Kalyanova (Ukraine), Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering

Olena Kalyanova (Ukraine), Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering


Olena Kalyanova from Ukraine is now Assistant Professor, former PhD and master’s student at Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering

"Long before my arrival in Denmark, I had heard about the master’s programme in Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering. At that time, I was studying at Poltava Technical University in Ukraine, and one of the professors kept telling us that if we wanted to learn from the best within this field, it was a good idea to study indoor environmental and energy engineering at Aalborg University.

We were trained in independent thinking and to not just accept rules and words at face value. The project subjects were always up-to-date, and the course material included updates on the newest results, exactly as my Ukrainian professor had told us."

Denitza Voutchkova (Bulgaria), Water and Environment

Denitza Voutchkova (Bulgaria), Water and Environment

 
Denitza Voutchkova from Bulgaria graduated in 2011 from the master's programme Water and Environment

"Coming from a completely different educational system, studying in the master’s programme “Water and Environment” was a big challenge and a great inspiration.

The things I liked the most were the teamwork, the real world projects, the freedom to choose, and the opportunity to gain some work experience. In the first year, I did projects in 3 different groups with people of diverse backgrounds. The group work was great fun and we became close friends. In that period we had two major topics: 1) soil contamination and groundwater quality, and 2) wastewater and surface water quality. As part of the project process, we had to make decisions about the topic, the purpose, and finally present our idea for solving a real problem.

The most valuable part was planning and organizing the project work, including brainstorming and the process of limiting our ambitious ideas to somewhat more realistic goals for the project period. Knowing that we were doing projects on real environmental problems was quite fascinating and motivating."

Victor Homičs (Latvia), Civil Engineering

Victor Homičs (Latvia), Civil Engineering

 
Victor Homičs from Latvia is studying Civil Engineering - Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering

"I chose to study in Denmark, because I found that Denmark is one of the countries where studies of indoor climate are developed the most. In Denmark and Scandinavia in general, people are aware of how the indoor climate influences on working conditions. Furthermore, Denmark introduced some of the strictest requirements for energy consumption in buildings, which involves many investigations within this area. Therefore, I found it interesting to study Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering in Denmark.

Studying at Aalborg University has certainly turned out to be a wise choice. I have gained many professional qualities and competences. For instance, I have learned how to work in groups and solve problems in collaboration with other people thanks to the method of Problem Based Learning (PBL). The PBL method is quite unique for Aalborg University, and it has come to my knowledge that many companies prefer students from Aalborg University as these students have developed strong competences in group work. In addition, students in Aalborg University are exposed to working styles close to reality, which prepares them for the actual job. Through the projects I have carried out, I have also learned about time management, long term planning, and keeping deadlines.

In my mind, Aalborg University’s greatest assets are the facilities. Each group has its own group room. This means that we have a private space where we can study together and work on our project. This is the basis for a good atmosphere in terms of the group work, and there is room for jokes and fun. Furthermore, the laboratories are well equipped and contain new technologies, which make it interesting to carry out experiments. All in all, I would say that the combination of good facilities, great professors, and the PBL method has given me the knowledge and experience to feel well prepared for my future jobs."

About Danish courses:
"When studying in Denmark, I would recommend that international students take Danish language courses. The Danish language courses can be a great opportunity to meet people and create a network outside the university. Furthermore, it is a good way to learn about the Danish culture and traditions. I have actually learned about Denmark through the Danish language which I have found to be a fun experience."

Damir Kandic, Management in Building Industry

Damir Kandic, Management in Building Industry


Damir Kandic is a student at the Management in Building Industry programme at postgraduate level

 “My name is Damir Kandic. I am 28 years old, and I am trained as a construction manager. I chose to study Management in the Building Industry due to its professional content – I was especially intrigued by the economical, organisational, legal, and managerial aspects. Moreover, the emphasis on collaboration with the industry appealed to me.”