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Testimonials

Koen Aberkrom, TU Delft

“The real experience of this international program is even better than all the references you will hear on forehand. It is a challenging adventure you will enter with a new group of students. New cultures are shared and explored. Together you will reach a higher level of education and explore new areas in mineral processing. Friends for life are made, above all there is time to visit cities and cultural heritage. I can definitely say that this year has changed my way of thinking as well as my scope of the world. Above all my knowledge and engineering way of thinking have developed by the educational level of the course.”
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Charlotte Strickland – University of Exeter

”Personal Impressions of the Course: The best part of this course has been the opportunity to meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds. I don’t think there are many courses where out of 13 people studying there are 9 different nationalities. The fact that we have studied in 4 different countries has also given me the unique chance to travel while also doing something worthwhile and gaining a qualification. The programme has also enabled me to enter a very lucrative industry that I would not otherwise have been able to. On a more negative note I have found that some parts of the course have lacked organisation and that there should have been better communication between the teaching staff in the different countries where we were taught (for example it was necessary for us to have an exam at the beginning of our course at Finland and we were retaught some of the material from Poland in Aachen).”

Stephanie Lier – Delft University of Technology

“My year on the EMEC has undoubtedly been one of the most valuable experiences of my student life. Living abroad so intensively with a small group of people forces you to be independent to a level you would never achieve when staying at your home university. At the same time, it is nice to know that all the logistical things like curriculum and accommodation are taken care of and the amount of organizational things you have to do as a student is usually minimal. Because of the vast network of the FEMP organization, there are constantly chances to connect with people in the industry, which is useful both in order to become familiar with the industry and, of course, for future employment opportunities. But most importantly, I will remember the EMEC as a year which I got to travel around Europe with a group of people who became great friends. We’ve had such a great year, with countless trips, nights out, excursions and activities, which is really what, to me, will make this year unforgettable.”
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Jiaji Wu – EMMEP (China)

“After one year’s experience, I can say that joining in EMEC is definitely a wise choice for me. As a Chinese student, I learn not only the mineral processing through high quality lectures and excursions, but also the life and culture in Europe. Another unique characteristic of EMEC course is that all the students have lectures and live together. I am in a very nice and friendly group. We studied hard and played hard as well. We enjoyed the life across Europe. They helped me a lot to blend myself into European life as a foreign student. This course also makes me get interested in mining and mineral field although my bachelor study is material science. I am willing to take mineral processing as my future career. It might be too early to say that but EMEC makes me to look at my life from a different perspective.”

Toni Mattsson – Aalto University

“EMEC year was definitely the best year of student life I have had. I met during the year people all over the world, became good friends with my course mates and spend many unforgettable moments with them. After this year I can say that my English improved a lot, I learned a lot of mineral processing, recycling and metallurgy. I think that this was one of the most educative and funniest years so far in my life. I really recommend this program to students who are interested of mineral processing and ready to travel and experience different cultures.”
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Volkert de Ruiter, TU Delft

“The most challenging part of the Program was not as much the courses but all things around it: Living out of a suitcase for 6 months, Working and having fun with 16 other students, Contact with the industry, Excursions, Language barriers, etc. I have learnt a lot this year both academically and socially”

Nick Russell – EMMEP (Australia)

“The EMC has been an amazing journey. This course not only challenges you at an academic level; it also challenges you with living in different countries and working with people from many cultures. The classes are intensive and the lifestyle is fast paced. I have learnt many things about the mining industry in the past year. I have also seen many countries and cities throughout Europe and visited some amazing mines along the way. The real value of EMC is not only the technical knowledge you gain, but the personal development you make, the intra-cultural skills you build and the contacts and friends you find, all during one hectic, incredible, demanding, enjoyable year. I highly recommend the EMC to anyone who wants a challenge and really wants to experience a truly unique programme.”
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Simon Watkins, University of Exeter

“The EMC has been an amazing journey. This course not only challenges you at an academic level; it also challenges you with living in different countries and working with people from many cultures. The classes are intensive and the lifestyle is fast paced. I have learnt many things about the mining industry in the past year. I have also seen many countries and cities throughout Europe and visited some amazing mines along the way. The real value of EMC is not only the technical knowledge you gain, but the personal development you make, the intra-cultural skills you build and the contacts and friends you find, all during one hectic, incredible, demanding, enjoyable year. I highly recommend the EMC to anyone who wants a challenge and really wants to experience a truly unique programme.”

Muhammad Qasim Jamal, EMMEP (Pakistan)

“This year cannot be summarized just in a paragraph; it’s full of emotions, cultures and people. Besides getting professional knowledge it also helped me in personal development. EMC gave me good engineering skills and global overview of mining industry. It was unique experience to live in four different countries and to visit many mining projects in many different cities. It is a program where you meet everyday new people with different backgrounds and different nationalities. It was not just about study but also fun, I enjoyed swimming, playing pool and a Dutch game sjoelen. During the EMC I found all of my colleagues very nice and now they are my friends forever. I would like to thanks all the teachers and EMC staff for their sincere efforts to make this program simply “The best”. Carrier opportunities in the future are also a plus point about the EMC. To be a part of FEMP makes me proud.”
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Marc Buschkamp – RWTH Aachen

“EMC is a part of my life I never want to miss. Travelling around in Europe, meeting miners of different countries, visiting companies and studying at different locations were among my positive experiences I made. The master course included a lot of sleepless nights, but not always by studying. Challenges have been set to and solved as a group, which I really enjoyed. My personal highlight of the European Mining Course was the excursion across Finland’s landscapes, which I otherwise would never have seen in this detail.”

Julia Brunner – EMMEP Student Austria

“I really enjoyed my time at the EMC. Although living and studying together with group of 20 for 9 months 24 hours is not always easy, it’s definitely a lot of fun. I improved my English language skills and met a lot of new people from other cultures and countries. My highlight for the year was the excursion week in Finland where we visited a lot of interesting companies. I can only recommend this program; where else can you say that you studied at 4 universities within one year?”
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Saeed Hosseinzadeh, Erasmus Mundus (Iran)

“During the EGEC course, I visited many European countries and studied with 11 international students of different nationalities. This provided me with insight into synergism and international communication. I have advanced my ability to communicate proficiently on academic, personal and industrial levels. This has also been an excellent opportunity to experience many different cultures, including Indonesian, Chinese, German, English, Polish, Hungarian, Belgian, and Vietnamese. One of the big advantages of the course was the number of fruitful excursions we had, which gave me an insight into the practical application of what we had studied. Also, there was a wonderful connection that formed among us during all of our travels. Sociability became one of my greatest assets which I practiced during the first year quite a lot, and I am very happy that I could link myself to many companies, universities and find many new, nice friends as well. I found out that neither religion nor nationality affects friendship and collaboration, but rather this diversity makes the situation much better and interesting for learning. In conclusion, I would like to thank all my professors, as I have learned a lot from all of them through the entire EGEC course.”

Mateusz Janiszewski- Wroclaw University of Technology

“For me this course was the best choice I could make in my live. The experience I have gained cannot be compared with studying inone place. During this year I have broadened my geotechnical and environmental knowledge on a very good level. Furthermore, being in a group with people from all over the world helped me to learn and understand other cultures and habits, and also how to cooperate and live together, combining work and pleasure. All of the places we visited had specific character and there was always something interesting to see and visit. For young people who are hungry for new experiences I can only recommend to join such a programme and try on your own how to be an EGEC student.”
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Choo Yong Fern (Jasper) – EMMEP (Malaysia)

“EGEC course indeed is an excellent and well-arranged programme with good connection between 5 different universities in 5 different countries. This course is not only with intensive courses and timetable for our studying, but also included many excursions to visit different companies in our related studies which provided more practical learning rather than theoretical lessons. To those who are interested in this course, it is better to have a good background in Rock Mechanics and Geophysics and this course will surely become an unforgettable memory in your life. Because EGEC is not only a studying programme but also this course itself is full of life experiences. It is full of travelling, understanding the different cultures and languages with a very nice group together. In this year, we had 12 students from 9 different nationalities. We have become very nice friend, had many good time and nice memories together.”

Eszter Lippai – University of Miskolc

“This program is a very good possibility to study, traveling and meeting interesting people. In this nine month the peoples can observe different educational system and different way of thinking. Traveling with the same group give a very good background during the program and with the different group members you can understand of working within a multicultural group. The excursions gave better understanding for the subjects and the real work. I would like to thank FEMP and the industry partners for making all of this possible.”
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