Charles-Henri explains how his Postgraduate Taught Scholarship has given him international experiences to boost his employability, as well as the great friends he has made during his MSc in Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering.
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
“The MSc in Civil Engineering is mainly theoretically-oriented and classroom-based. The lecturers are experts in their respective fields and are very easy to approach and always eager to help. Guest lecturers from the industry sometimes come and give a very interesting view of translating what we are learning into practice. Finally the fellow students come from either undergraduate or work experience and from various countries.”
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
“The Postgraduate Taught Scholarship was a fantastic help for me. It has relieved my family from the burden of paying tuition fees. I am delighted to be able to concentrate fully on my studies. This Scholarship is also a recognition of my past results in undergraduate and give me extra motivation to perform in my studies.”
Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?
“I am supporting my studies through savings from work prior to coming to Cardiff University. I am also very thankful to my parents who fund the rest of the fees.”
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
“The employment situation in my country is very competitive. A postgraduate degree is almost essential. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about Civil Engineering and improve my knowledge for my further career.”
Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?
“Cardiff University is an internationally-recognised university. It has a very good reputation, particularly in Civil Engineering. I was also very interested by the fact to do my postgraduate degree in an English speaking country.”
Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?
“I’ll always remember my postgraduate course as a very nice year. So far I’ve met many people from different nationalities. Living in the same residence or studying the same programme gives the occasion to share great moments and to make friendships.”
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
“Cardiff is a lovely city. As soon as I arrived, I realised how important students were to city life. The place is very student-friendly, though also peaceful. You can find anything a student could possibly need!”
How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?
“First of all, this programme will give me a core set of skills which will enable me to improve my knowledge. Moreover Cardiff University is one of the top universities to offer an MSc in Civil Engineering. This will increase my employability chances not only in the UK but anywhere else as this international experience is something the employers appreciate.”
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?
“The best aspect of the postgraduate programme of Civil Engineering is its wide range of classes.”
What are your biggest achievements as a postgraduate student at Cardiff University so far?
“First of all, I have managed to get good results at the exams of the first semester and I am therefore in the race for a Distinction. But my most remarkable achievement is, for a first year abroad, having become very at ease using the English language.”
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