Finance & Control student Liza Langenhuizen (23), daughter of SXT CMM Programmer Geert Langenhuizen, was one of the lucky ones to receive a Schunk scholarship and is staying in Thailand until June to do an ICT minor. We gave her a call to see how she is doing.
While still deciding whether she should do the course in Thailand or not, father Geert received a notification from Schunk, informing him about the possibilities of a scholarship for children of Schunk employees. The scholarship is meant to encourage students like Liza to go abroad to gain experience and learn from different cultures. As Liza met all the criteria, she decided to apply.
Why Thailand, and why ICT? “I am currently in my last year, doing a minor is part of our graduation”, explains Liza. “I immediately went for ICT. Good knowledge of information systems can come in very handy with Finance & Control. I chose to do the course at Rangsit University, just outside Bangkok. Not only for the great experience, but also for the fact that I could put together my own subjects here.”
What started off as a fairly easy course, soon became a challenging subject. Although the course is divided in three schooldays, Liza uses her time to study hard. “On weekdays I make sure to finish all my schoolwork, so that I can have weekends off and visit as many beautiful places as possible. The place is literally scattered with temples, even on the campus, so you get used to that pretty quickly. For the rest, there is not much to see in our direct environment, so we often take the train to go sightseeing when we have time off. We’ve already seen some nice national parks and last weekend we went to a city called Ayutthaya.”
As Liza normally studies at Fontys University in Eindhoven, Thailand is quite a change of setting. “Well, obviously we don’t have the school uniforms at Fontys! Also, the teaching is a bit different here. We just go through a couple of slides, do the assignment, hand it in and move to the next subject. 30% of your grade is already filled in by the fact that you show up, participate in class and hand in your assignments. Also, they don’t really take into account time schedules like we do – it’s perfectly normal when a teacher is an hour late. Everybody is really laid back here. When it comes to that, they don’t differ much from the Brabantian students!”