Halel about IEM
My name is Halel Vidas and I’m a second year student of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) at Fontys. For a long time, I didn’t know what I wanted to study, so I worked as a secretary in 3 different fields in Israel. First, I was in a lawyer’s office, then an economic office and finally I worked in PR and media strategy. I found each of the different fields interesting, so eventually I took a career consultation. Based on the consultation, I chose to study IE&M. I looked for a university with more applicable knowledge and chose Fontys.
"In the first year you already visit real companies from various industries."
Studying at Fontys is a wonderful experience. In the first year you already visit real companies from various industries. We also had a project where we learnt how to design and print a 3D model for a nearly bankrupt fictional company. We also needed to provide a financial analysis to check if the solution was usable. In the second year, we already work as a group in a real company where we improve a company’s process. Fontys prepares us for the ‘real life’ job. We learn how to work in a group and how to look at everything from different perspectives. When you have questions there is always a teacher or mentor that can help and guide you.
"It is easy to communicate with other people because almost everybody speaks English and people are usually open and friendly."
The main advantage of studying in the Netherlands is the developed industry, especially in the Brainport region where Fontys (Eindhoven) is located. Another bonus is that it is easy to communicate with other people because almost everybody speaks English and people are usually open and friendly.
As an international student there are extra benefits. For example, if you are a non-European student and you pass all the exams in the first or second attempt you will receive a scholarship of € 1600,-. For European students there are other benefits.
In conclusion, if you are willing to have fun, but also to study seriously when needed, this is the place. I’m really interested in IEM, and thanks to that I managed to achieve
‘Cum Laude’ for the first year, which means the average of my grades is above eight.
My tip to future students is to make sure that you know what Industrial Engineering and Management is and see if you are interested in it. If you are really interested in your study, it is much easier to receive higher grades and enjoy your time as a student.