And the Spotlights are back! In this edition, Hedda student Enzo Rossi is asking a few questions from Inês Proença who is a Hedda alumna from Portugal.
Inês graduated from the programme in July 2009. Previously she had carried out a four years bachelor degree in Languages and Business Skills in Aveiro (Portugal).
For her the Hedda programme was an excellent academic opportunity and at the same time made her dream come true: studying in 4 different countries and making friends from all continents.
She has moved to Brussels in September 2009 to do an internship in the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and has been working in Belgium ever since, first as a project officer in ESMU – European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities, then for EFMD as a coordinator of activities in the Business Schools Services unit and more recently as the coordinator of the student mobility office (exchange programmes) at Université Libre de Bruxelles.
In her free time, she loves walking in the nature, reading, cooking, watching series, travelling and learning new languages.
What made you choose the Master programme in Higher Education?
To be very honest, it happened almost by chance. At that point I was doing an internship in Portugal and I knew I wanted to study further but I was not sure what exactly. One evening I opened the electronic newspaper of the University of Aveiro (which I rarely did as I had already graduated) and I saw the information for applications there. I found it interesting / an unusual field of studies. As I saw it only two days before the deadline, I did all I could to fill in the application but without much hope that I could actually be selected. I did not have a very clear idea of what the master in higher education was all about or what the professional perspectives were but I thought I would give it a try. It wasn’t until later when I was already in Oslo that I really discovered higher education as a field of study and I must admit that I loved it (and this is why I am still working in the field)! Another point that made me apply was the international dimension of the programme, having colleagues from all over the world. I can say that I made good friends for life and after more than 5 years we are all still in contact. I do not exaggerate when I say that this programme changed my life in a very positive way, academically, professionally and personally. (more…)