DTU welcomes 900 new international students

Wednesday 27 Aug 14


Martin P. Bendsøe
Professor Emeritus
+45 21 36 27 13
At the start of the Introduction Week on Tuesday, 26 August Martin P. Bendsøe, Senior Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs at DTU, extended his warm welcome to 550 international MSc students from 40 countries and 350 exchange students from 45 countries.

The Dean congratulated the students on their excellent judgment in choosing to come to DTU and said:

“At DTU we strive to provide highly innovative academic programmes that will make our students critical thinkers, positioned to provide solutions to the grand challenges of a rapidly transforming world. Our aim is to produce engineers who can bring about positive changes both in their personal lives and in society at large.”

Academic excellence and high quality standards are of the utmost importance to DTU. Providing modern, well-maintained facilities and laboratories are therefore key to the high quality education students experience at DTU.

A new way of learning
New students may find that the learning environment and the teaching methods may be different from those of their home country or home institution. At DTU, Danish and international students often work in teams and solve problems together because team work not only increases the students’ interpersonal and problem-solving skills, but also allow them to gain a valuable network of future colleagues from all over the globe.

Martin Bendsøe encouraged all new students to seek out their professors:

“The professors are here to guide you but also to be challenged by you. Do not hesitate to discuss issues of importance to you with them. Our professors encourage active participation and discussion, and you will find that our professors are very accessible and very enthusiastic!”  

 Photo: Joachim Rode  


International MSc students
and their Buddy
(in the red T-shirt):

From Venezuela: Claudia Montoreano,
'Mathematical Modelling and Computation'

From the Netherlands: Jaap Janssen,
'European Wind Energy Master'

From Spain: Marc Guasch Rodrigues,

From Romania: Andreea Toderasau
'Chemical and Biochemical Engineering'

International Buddies
DTU wants all its international students to feel at home at the University and in Denmark. Free Danish language courses, career counselling, and opportunities to network with companies and fellow students alike are just some of the support new students can expect.

And then there are the Buddies who volunteer their time and services. Many of them have studied abroad and some are even current international students at DTU.  They know how exciting it is to arrive in a new place but also how lost you may feel at times. But nobody should feel lost at DTU! Therefore, the Buddies are on hand to welcome the new international students and help and assist them throughout the first semester at the University.

Photo: Joachim Rode
The International Affairs Office were out in force!

Have fun
The Dean concluded by reminding the students to enjoy themselves and make new friends:

“Throughout your stay we encourage you to share your ideas with your fellow international and Danish students. Challenge each other and learn from each other. And please remember: you are here to have fun! Do not just spend every waking minute studying. Get out there and make friends, do sports and be socially active.”

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