Off to Austria: Nkumba University – FH JOANNEUM Exchange ProgrammeHakim Mulinde
Figure 1. The exchange students Mutesi Jacqueline and Annet Akankunda are flagged off by the International Collaborations Coordinator, Mr. Charles Kaggwa (Left), Academic Registrar – Prof. Andrew P. Yiga (right) and Vice Chancellor – Prof. Jude T. Lubega.
Yesterday, Sunday 5th September 2021, a team of two students from our School of Sciences jet off for Austria. These students left the country on a 6-month exchange programme between Nkumba University and FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences. This is one of the university’s collaborations that seek to provide students with a wholesome learning experience. FH JOANNEUM is the second-largest college of higher education in Austria with over 4,600 students. The main campus is located in Graz and there are two additional locations in Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg. All three are situated in the province of Styria in Austria. It is a practice-orientated institution that offers interdisciplinary project-focused study programmes, research and further studies. Our students shall study for one semester at the university. Here’s what they had to say:
|I am Annet Akankunda, a second-year Bachelor of Science in Tourism Operations Management student at Nkumba University. I find myself more of an introvert although am interested in travelling – the further the distance the better; and I love nature.|
I joined Nkumba to pursue a degree in Tourism Operations Management– a programme that would allow me to gain relevant skills and exploit opportunities in this rapidly growing industry of Tourism; and of course, because of my passion – travelling. Luckily, I landed this opportunity to study abroad in Europe. I will be travelling soon to Austria for my second year second semester at FH JOANNIUM UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE.
My expectations are to learn about the culture in Austria (the languages, religions, foods etc.), and also meet, interact and make friends from different countries. I believe these friends and networks shall be helpful when I am done with school. But that’s the tourist in me. As a student, I can’t wait to meet the professors over at FH, to learn from them and share my thoughts on interesting subjects. I know the classroom environment will be different from what I am used to; but I am ready.
I will definitely share my experiences while there. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I got by joining Nkumba University and so can you.
|I am Mutesi Jacline pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Operations Management in my second year. I have been given an opportunity by Nkumba University to participate in the student exchange program in Austria.
Honestly, I applied to study in Europe because I wanted to experience what it’s like to study abroad. It’s a great opportunity to participate in this program where I expect a lot e.g., advancement on my CV, experiencing a new learning environment, culture, weather, and many other things.
I think it will be challenging for a bit (because of the new environment) but I am positive that it will be an incredible experience. As a tourism student, it’s a dream come true because travelling is my hobby. Bye for now.