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“The University offers a truly international environment”

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Published on Thursday, 06 July 2017

A student’s perspective - Meet Paola Hernandez, a master student of Science in Engineering – Sustainable Product Creation, from Mexico. She gave her opinions and shared her experience with us, as an international student at the University.

Paola Hernandez. I am glad to be a student at the University for how much I have grown professionally since I joined this institution. My professional development enabled me to undertake projects with great impact on my career and that will be the pillar of my future performance.

After completing several semesters in the master’s program, I can assert that the University has many professors with outstanding academic achievements and extensive industry experience. This allowed me to have a wide range of opportunities in the academic world, especially now that I have started with my master thesis, as well as future career.  

In addition, I am proud of the University of Luxembourg for supporting innovative student research projects. My colleague Louis Van der Elst and I benefitted from help from professors and different departments when we designed and manufactured a charging station that simplifies student life on campus. For that, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the stakeholders, professors and the University.

 

Thanks to its location and multilingual study programs, the University offers a truly international environment, which attracts students from all over the world like myself. Interactions among students from different background help to improve students’ multicultural understanding and interpersonal communication skills, which are crucial to our competitiveness in a globalized job market. The University offers diverse extracurricular activities such as sports, arts and student associations, which help build a dynamic international environment. Finally, I am also glad to live in Luxembourg - a country full of contrasts, where modern meets the old.

As every young institution, our University has certainly room for improvements. It is for the benefits of both, students and society, to have programs that are more cooperative and tailored to industry needs of work force. In addition, I would like to see a stronger student community to engage more students in University events. Fortunately, I have witnessed the improvements that the University has made so far, through regular meetings involving institutional leaders, faculty and students.

At present, I am finalizing my international Master of Science in Engineering – Sustainable Product Creation. After recapitulating all experiences I have had: living with students in an international environment, practical application of the acquired knowledge to projects, the knowledge and philosophy from professors, and the support in student research projects, I am positive that I have come to a right decision of choosing the “Uni” to pursue my master's degree.