International students receive scholarships

International students at VIA
Peter Friese (left) together with eight of the 27 students who received a scholarship this year. Download original photo at the bottom of the article.
27 international students at VIA University College have been awarded scholarships to support their studies in Denmark.

On November 2nd, Vice-Rector Peter Friese, VIA University College, met eight of this year’s 27 VIA recipients of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science scholarships for talented international students.

During an informal ceremony at VIA in Aarhus, Peter Friese congratulated the students and thanked them for choosing VIA.

“We are happy to have you here. You are dedicated students who contribute to an inspiring study environment, which is valuable for both VIA and Danish society. Therefore, you deserve this scholarship,” Peter Friese says.

An advantage to Danish industry

Each year, VIA awards scholarships to a number of highly qualified students, who has been nominated to the scholarship due to their study results and the effort they put into their studies.

“We hope to see these talented students continue their careers in Denmark, but even during their studies, they bring competences into Danish industry. For instance through student projects in close collaboration with businesses,” Peter Friese states.

The scholarship includes free tuition as well as monthly allowances for a semester up to a full bachelor degree programme. Allowances are approximately the size of the national Danish student scholarships (SU).

There are two yearly application periods: February 1st through March 15th and August 15th through September 30th.

A new life in Denmark

The international students agree on two things: Denmark is a great place to study and the educations are rewarding. But adjusting to Danish systems can also be a challenge.

Klodjana Saraci from Albania was introduced to Danish culture before she started at the Supply Engineering programme in Horsens.

“I went to a Danish “højskole” before I started my studies. It was really good, and it helped me to be included in the Danish society. My programme is about water supply, waste water supply and district heating, and I’m really excited about it. I want to create future solutions for the benefit of our planet,” Klodjana says.

The following recipients participated in the award ceremony:

  • Ashley Summers, Australia, Global Nutrition & Health
  • Diana Carolina Arce Jimenez, Costa Rica, Design
  • Reece Charles Jager, Australia, Mechanical Engineering
  • Klodjana Saraci, Albania, Supply Engineering
  • Daniel Joseph Mangowi, Tanzania, ICT Engineering
  • Jacob Canepa, USA, Character Animation
  • Ruth Okenzie Kakhuta, Malawi, Global Nutrition & Health
  • Valentyna Sayko, Ukraine, Global Business Engineering

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