EUAS hosted a study visit from Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Belgium
The EUAS hosted a visit from Thomas More, the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, Belgium offering more than 30 Dutch-taught and a range of English-taught bachelor degree & postgraduates programmes.
The students were welcomed by Dr. Ly Hõbe, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs who gave a brief overview of Estonia and introduced various study opportunities at the EUAS. Students were given an overview of Ülemiste City by Joosep Volkmann and Madis Judanov and left impressed with its developments, digitalization, use of high-technology and the future vision.
Academically the students had a unique opportunity to participate in Karin Kuimet’s lecture alongside with EUAS students, exploring how understanding and not understanding cultural differences can affect communication and clarity of messages. They also spent a day with Mats Soomre learning all about team roles, teamwork and developed understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses in a team situation. Visiting students noted that meeting and interacting with local students from different cultures expanded their worldview.
The group was impressed by study and work environment at EUAS and highlighted the personal approach by teachers, small groups, interactive projects, user-friendliness of e-books and the equipment and modern outlook of classrooms.Additionally, they visited the International House of Estonia and learned the important role it plays in welcoming and supporting an international community in the country. They were impressed with the impact of its work as well as the Estonian branding.
They also explored the Estonian Career Centre and the innovative opportunities and services it offers to their customers. It was great to hear that student once back home will spread the word about the important role and services of International House of Estonia and Estonian Career Centre. To build relationships, local students of Tourism and Restaurant Management invited colleagues from Belgium to visit Põhjala Brewery and did a tour around the medieval Old Town. Our visitors shared feedback that they enjoyed the historical Old Town with its museums, churches and cafes. They see Estonia as a full package destination where the old meets the new-where 21st century technology sits comfortably alongside traditions.
Special thanks to Steven Meel, Veerle Van Goethem and students from Thomas More University and Dr Ly Hõbe, EUAS’s lecturers Mats Soomre, Karin Kuimet and Head of Tourism and Restaurant Management program Maris Nõgu, EUAS students, Ülemiste City, International House of Estonia, Estonian Career Centre and everybody who supported the visit.