Meghna from India

A better person in a country she knew very little about

Meghna Katoch from India decided to do an MSc in International Economic Consulting as it is far more practical and specialized in comparison with an ordinary MSc in Economics. However, before deciding to embark on her degree in Denmark, she knew nothing about the country except the name.

“I wanted to study something that would help me understand applied economics instead of just theory, so the classes I’m taking here are much more practical than what I’m used to. I like that very much,” says Meghna Katoch, explaining how in her 2nd semester students had to form consulting groups whilst the professors acted as clients.

“The exercise was very good, because we got down to basics and you really found out what you needed to do and what you needed to know in order to work as a consultant in real life. It was also a very good way to get to know your class mates better because it broke the ice. Danes are a bit shy, so this really helped and now we are interacting a lot more. I hope similar interactive teaching methods can be used for classes in the first semester; that way students will get acquainted to one another a lot quicker,” she says, before going on to explain that today the exercise is done with real companies.

Discussions with the professors

To Meghna Katoch the study environment in Denmark is a lot different from what she is used to in India.

“The relationship between the students and professors is distant in India, while here it is much more comfortable and informal. You address the professor by their first name which was very awkward for me in the beginning but I realized that helped to make the atmosphere more relaxed. You can engage in a discussion with your professor and they never get offended if you question or differ from what they say and frankly express your opinion,” explains Meghna Katoch.

Better than the UK, and much cheaper

Before hearing about the programmes at Aarhus University, Meghna Katoch did not know very much about Denmark.

“The counsellor from the business school at Aarhus University did an extremely good job explaining everything to me about the school and the programme when I met her at a student fair at my home university in India. As a result I did further research about Aarhus University and found out that the programmes in Denmark are much cheaper than in the UK, where many Indian students prefer to go, and the standards are the same or even better.”

Right now Meghna Katoch is working on her thesis and when she finishes her degree she is planning to go back to India even though she likes living in Denmark and will miss it once she moves back.

“I was told people here were really nice, and I couldn’t agree more. What I really like about Denmark is that the work environment is very flat. The top most and junior most people in an organization are on the same level. Even generally in the society I don’t see any social inequality between the rich and poor, the educated and the uneducated, or men and women. Everyone here has an equal chance and you are never looked down upon – there are no snobs. Probably a snobbish attitude would be looked down upon.” she says and continues:

“The experience of living and studying here has made me a better person. It has helped me grow in so many ways.

Another thing that Meghna Katoch likes about Denmark is the Danish attitude and their dedicated work-ethic. But yet they still – in her words – remember to relax and enjoy life, and when they relax, they really relax.

Best place to do a PhD

Although Meghna Katoch has decided that when she finishes her degree she wants to see how she can apply her theory and knowledge to the world, she is still considering doing a PhD someday. In that case, Aarhus University is definitely on top of her list.

“If I ever do a PhD, I would do it at Aarhus University. I think this is the best place in the world to do it. As a PhD student here you are employed, you get an office and you get to teach. You are responsible for your own work and you can work independently on your research. The work hours are flexible and the pay is good. The professors and counsellors stay connected with their students and provide the support they need.”