May 25, 2013

Deutschland Bound – Masters (and More!) in Germany

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Last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to take a short journey to our not too distant neighbours in Germany. WMG were participating for the first time in the 'Master and More' fairs that are held in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and there's even one in the UK.

But my interest on this trip was to speak to our prospective German students who may be interested to study in the UK. I think many people have heard of the phrase 'German Engineering' as Germany has become known over time for it's credibility in the Engineering field. As a key industry in Germany, engineering is a popular subject for students at German Universities and following on from an undergraduate degree, a Masters Course at WMG would compliment an engineering undergraduate degree perfectly.

Building on the technical expertise learnt at undergraduate level, WMG Masters courses look still at engineering and technological fields but from a management perspective, giving students skills and knowledge to not only work as technical specialists but to take their career to a management level.

The Master and More Fairs in Germany we're held at the Hannover Congress Centrum in Hannover and at the Globana Trade Centre near Halle/Leipzig.

I have to say that whilst being that I was in Germany, I was in no way surprised, yet was very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the Master and More fairs. The set up was good with a good programme throughout the day for visiting students. I met a range of prospective students on the WMG stand and I have no doubt that as a prospective student, the fair proved to be a fruitful experience in exposing students to the study opportunities available.

Cathy on Stand at Halle-Leipzig1

Our new MSc in Digital Healthcare proved to be a popular choice especially suited to those with a Biomedical Engineering background or for those from the healthcare industry, and I was happy to be joined in Hannover by the Course Leader Dr. James Harte who presented at the fair to a number of students. If you missed the presentation on the day, you can view the presentation here.

Also joining me on the stand in Hannover was WMG Alumni Jan Ruecker. Jan completed the MSc in Management for Business Excellence (MBE) in 2011 and following what he describes as a "great experience" , Jan was happy to talk to prospective students about his time at WMG. Whilst I can talk to students about their options, Jan was undoubtedly the most popular on the stand that day, talking to students about not just the course but the whole student experience at WMG and Warwick. You can read about Jan's story here. Danke Schoen Jan!

You can read a bit more about student's on-going journey on the MSc Management for Business Excellence on the MBE student blogs on which students reflect on their learning experience as they progress through the Masters course.

Following on from Hannover, I took a cross country journey on the incredibly efficient German train system (top marks Deutsche Bahn website!) to Schkeuditz West for the fair at the Globana Trade Centre. Recruitment and Marketing Manager Cathy Fawcett joined me here and participated in a Q&A sessions on Study in the UK.

Oilseed Rape 1

On a side note, I have to add at this stage what a beautiful location the Globana Trade Centre is set in. I enjoyed a breath of country air and a quiet walk each evening in the warm sun through the yellow fields of oilseed rape.

Then on Friday it was homeward bound, I once again went cross country and a few trains, planes and automobiles later and was I enjoying a nice cup of tea to end an enjoyable trip in Deutschland.

If you attended the Master and More fairs, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts and if you have any other questions about studying at WMG, feel free to ask.

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