By Catherine Doherty, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 29 June, graduation for the international students took place at VIA Campus Horsens. It was an enjoyable day with the awarding of diplomas, some nice things to eat and drink and there was also some time for the teachers and students to bid each other farewell.
A lot of effort lies behind
Dean of Studies, Jan Uwe Wolff, was the day’s festive speaker, and he praised the many students for their high amount of effort. At the same time, he pointed out that a diploma does not necessarily mean that you are done learning. You will be learning all your life.
You have been good ambassadors to your home country during your stay here”, Jan Uwe Wolff praised the students and continued: ”I hope that you will be just as good ambassadors to VIA when you return to your home countries”.
Do not forget us, we will not forget you
”Keep in touch – with both us and each other because it is not only during your studies that you can benefit from discussing problems with each other, it also as a graduate and during your working life” was the final advice for the students before they were awarded their diploma and could enjoy a well-deserved glass of champagne.
New academic skills and new people
Petri Rämö is from Finland. He was one of 130 students at graduation and he was happy about studying at VIA and being in Denmark: “I believe that my time here has been good. I have acquired many new academic skills and also gotten to know many new people. The Danes have a tendency to complain about the weather, but it is really much better here than in Finland”.
Internship and projects
Camelia Gancheva had left Bulgaria to study one semester at the Global Business Engineering programme in Horsens: “We have had a lot of practical work and also worked with different projects, so this I have learned a lot from. I am used to much more theoretical work where I come from”.
Close contact with teachers
24-year old Martina Delincakova is from Slovakia but has studied in the Czech Republic: “The biggest difference about studying in Denmark compared to the Czech Republic is the close contact with the teachers. This is not how it is in the Czech Republic as it is much more formal. It has been a bit more expensive to live here, but the conditions here have also been a lot better compared to where I used to live”.