Commencement of studies for engineering students

On Wednesday 24 January it was the first day of studies for winter admissions on Bachelor of Engineering programmes. A total of 363 new engineering students embarked on a future where engineers are in great demand as never before. 221 of them started at Navitas, 142 at Katrinebjerg.

2018.01.25 | Amalie Tromborg Thaysen

Constructions made of straws are not just for fun.

Several different name games were played to break the ice.

At Navitas  the new students in Architectural Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering were received with open arms - literally: You had barely entered the door, before a pair of arms reached you to give you a hug. This is how the tutors at engineering always bid their new students welcome.

Then it was off to the lecture theatre, filled to bursting point. Everyone was excited and ready to hear Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen’s welcoming speech.

"Wow, it is fantastic to see so many people here! These are the two best days at the university, when new students start at the winter and summer admissions. You have now entered into a new era in your life, and we will do our best to make this a good time. You have chosen a degree programme with a future, where businesses almost hunger for new graduates with the qualifications - and not least with the problem-solution approach - that engineers have. Finally, I just want to add that the gold is at the end of the rainbow, and in this picture of Aarhus, it ends at Aarhus University - and I guess it says everything," said Niels Chr. Nielsen.

After the dean, the word was given to Connie Nielsen, director of Aarhus University School of Engineering. "I am the one responsible for ensuring that you get a good education, but you also need to take responsibility. We want to challenge you, because you are engineers. You must embrace your diversities and use it as an advantage that you come from different backgrounds - whether it be directly from upper secondary school, travelling or vocational training. So each of you should offer what have, because together you will be the best problem solvers. I promise you, it won't be boring - neither while studying nor as a qualified graduate," said Connie Nielsen.

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