15 March 2016
To inspire and encourage the students to aim at an international career is a focus area at Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering.
Jeppe Nielsen Møller graduates 30 June 2016 from Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering and would like to find a job abroad. His trip to Singapore has been very inspirational.
“It is easy to say that we want to educate the future’s international, technical leaders. Here at Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering we have applied a number of initiatives that inspire and prepare the students’ for an international career,” explains Assistant Professor Ole Hansen.
He mentions that the school has an international line where students from India, Mexico, Korea, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland and others contribute to creating an international atmosphere. Every year there is an exchange of teachers between Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering and Singapore Maritime Academy. A trip to Singapore during eight’s semester to finish a number of mandatory courses at the Maritime Academy are also among the international activities.
“We take the internationalisation as far as we can. We also encourage our students to take optional courses and find their internship for the ninth and last semester abroad. Singapore is an obvious opportunity as most of the students go there for approximately three weeks and there are 200 Danish companies represented in the area,” explains Ole Hansen.
He mentions that the trip to Singapore contributes to opening the students’ eyes for working abroad.
“Quite often we sense hesitation among the students towards working abroad before the trip to Singapore, but we experience that this attitude often changes. I remember that one of our students said before leaving that he was not interested in working abroad. When he got back, he signed a contract with a Canadian company,” mentions Ole Hansen.
Three weeks made a big change
Three weeks training in Singapore broadened marine engineering student Jeppe Nielsen Møller’s horizon. A useful experience when dreaming of an international career.
In a few months, Danish Jeppe Nielsen Møller will receive his diploma and can call himself a technical & marine engineer. On his wish list is an international job, and last semester’s three week courses in Singapore has only boosted his appetite for exploring the world.
“I spent three weeks in Singapore during eight’s semester at Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering which gave me an insight into the Asian culture. I especially noticed that there is much more hierarchy in Singapore than in Denmark,” says Jeppe Nielsen Møller and gives an example:
“I experienced a couple of times that if an Asian employee had explained something relating to the course and his boss arrived later and started to explain the exact same thing, nobody would mention that it had already been told. And when we as Danish students tried to point this out, we got a hint from the employees that it was better to keep silent.”
In between the courses, the 26-year old Dane also got the time to walk around the city and get an impression of the culture from a street view.
“I cannot say that I know a lot about Asian culture after only three weeks – but I have learned where to look for differences and pitfalls between our two cultures. This is very useful knowledge if I get a job in Asia, get Asian colleagues or customers in the future,” says Jeppe Nielsen Møller who is finishing his ninth and final semester working on his master graduation report for Maersk Oil in Esbjerg.