“Hanze UAS affirms: ”Share your talent. Move the World”. The meaning is that the people are able to recognize and appreciate someone else's talent. You can see this important attitude in every teacher; always ready to listen to another perspective and when it is necessary to change his or her mind.
Also, who has the fortune to have an innate talent or is able to create his or her own one, has the possibility and the duty to share it with others. Working in groups, especially with people from different cultures, is in my opinion the best training ever to share everyone’s talent! It provides a good opportunity to listen to other people and try to learn something new, or understand that there are more points of views. This working in groups is maybe the most difficult part of studying here, but I’m glad that it is like that. I am attending university, so I am not expecting easy things, but stimulating challenges.
Lessons are really different from Italy; classes are most like high school was: around 25 people each class and the lecturers know you by name. Subjects are explained more by direct and concrete examples and discussions are always appreciated. Working in teams is just a method to consolidate the knowledge which was explained in class during the lesson. Personally I really like the Dutch method. Writing a report for a real company is amazing. It is motivating to see week after week that the report grows with the contribution of everyone.
Of course the Erasmus programme is not just about studying. Groningen is a town rich of Dutch culture. And the center is often full of young people, students that love living the town 24 hours a day. The town offers a great opportunity to socialize; Groningen has many pubs where you can speak and laugh with friends. Walking around it is also possible to taste the local food, like Frikandel, appreciating more the Dutch culture in this way.
I’m sure that my experience here will be helpful for my future. Living an Erasmus period is like living many different experiences concentrating together. Remembering the days spent in Groningen, there is nothing I would change. I did and learned a lot and everything about this experience makes me smile.
I hope also to have left something to my classmates, as they left something to me.”
Name: Niccoló Englaro
Homeland: Italy (Bergamo)
Stay at School of Marketing Management: September 2012 - February 2013
Motivation: "I chose Hanze University of Applied Sciences because I was really curious about numbers. Almost 50,000 students and the half of that is not coming from the Netherlands. A culture which is open to the global integration and in which you can feel yourself like an active part.”