Daniel-Constantin Ciungu from Romania has been very happy with the structure of the MSc in Technology Based Business Development, where his time is split between classes and working at a company.

“This is the way of the future. There is no more need for sitting in class year after year, learning lots of different theories to find the moment you start work that they don’t use that theory any more, or it is irrelevant. Through working whilst studying you find out immediately, and we can even feedback to the school about how they can implement changes and remain  innovative.”

Daniel-Constantin Ciungu from Romania is studying Technology Based Business Development at Aarhus University’s campus in Herning. This Master’s degree is special because students spend two days a week in class and then work for two days at the mentor company, with one day a week reserved for studying. The two days at the mentor company is spent putting theory into practice and for Daniel-Constantin Ciungu, whose mentor company is Grundfos, this has been a very positive experience.

“It has given me a good network and a better chance of getting a job in Denmark afterwards. Some of the international graduates have already gotten jobs with their mentor company and it looks like that will be my case too,” tells Daniel-Constantin Ciungu and explains that he has already gotten a part time job with Grundfos so he can earn some money.

More practical and project-based

When choosing where to do a Master’s degree Daniel-Constantin Ciungu looked at both Sweden and Denmark.

“I ended up going to Herning because of the programme. The other programmes I looked at were either more economical or more technical and with my background in engineering this one in the middle was just right.”

Compared to studying in Romania, Daniel-Constantin Ciungu thinks that studying in Denmark is a lot more practical and project-based.

“In Romania it is all about memorizing. Here classes consist much more of discussions between teachers and students, which is also the case when you do your oral exams. This is very helpful since it helps you to improve at presentations and the professor can really find out what you know and what you don’t know,” says Daniel-Constantin Ciungu and continues:

“Maybe it is because the school in Herning is smaller, but there is also more time for each individual student and the professors often bring in many great guest speakers as the school has such a strong connection with the business world.”

Staying in Denmark

With a prospective job on his hands, Daniel-Constantin Ciungu is sure he wants to stay in Denmark after he graduates. He will, however, probably move from Herning to Aarhus.