Haiyi Ma (马海燚) - ICT & Software Engineering

What do you study or which study did you complete?

软件工程
ICT software engineering.

What is the difference between studying in your home country and the Netherlands?

在荷兰,学习的灵活性非常强。除了自己必修的课程以外,有时间的话可以选择其他方向的课程扩大自己的知识面。在课程要求方面灵活性也比较强。另外,如果你对自己当下学习的方向不是很满意,你可以根据你自己的兴趣灵活的转方向直到你找到一个自己满意的并且适合自己的学习方向。甚至转学院也是有可能的。
除了灵活性以外,荷兰的教育非常重视小组合作,这个比国内要多很多。在小组合作的过程中,学生们可以互相学习,相互提高。除了增加知识以外,小组工作还能帮助学生们提高语言交流能力,尤其是和不同国家的同学之间交流是很有意思的。
相比来说,在荷兰,班级的规模都比较小。这样的班级规模对学习是很有帮助的,老师可以在每个学生身上花更多的时间。而且在上课的时候,老师和学生之间,学生和学生之间的互动也是很多的。整个上课的氛围很活跃,不压抑。

Here in the Netherlands, you can have much more flexibility in your study. Besides your obligatory courses, you can freely choose courses from other directions to expand your knowledge. Within each course, the requirements are also flexible. Except the flexibility within your direction, if you do not like one direction, you can follow your interest and switch to a new one until you find which direction is most suitable for you, even among different departments.
Besides the flexibility, the Dutch education requires much more group work than that in China. During group work, you can learn more knowledge from other students. Also you can practice your communication skills and get to know people of different nationalities which is fun.
In the Netherlands, the classes are organised in a relatively smaller scale. That means each student can spend more time with teachers learning knowledge. Also in class, there is more interaction between teachers and students, the atmosphere is lively and less stressed.

Did you find it difficult to study in English?

刚来的时候比较困难,但是过了一两个月以后就没有问题了。我感觉我适应这里的英语教学不需要太多的时间。
When I first arrived, it was difficult. But after a few months, I just started plain sailing. It does not take long.

How would you describe your relationship with your teachers?

非常的不错。老师们都很乐于帮助学生而且对学生们都很好。
Very good. The teachers are helpful and very nice to students.

What’s it like to study with students of different nationalities and the Dutch students?

有时候比较有挑战性,但是总体来说非常有趣。在慢慢的和各种各样的学生合作以后,你会理解如何和来自不同国家的学生群体合作,而且也会慢慢意识到自己的不足。这样的学习氛围对个人成长是很好的。
It is sometimes challenging but very exciting in general. Slowly after you cooperate with different students, you understand how to work with different groups and also know your weakness. That is helpful for self-growth.

What are the cultural differences between your home country and the Netherlands?

最大的差别就是这里的人们个人主义观念很强,但对于学习来说不是什么问题,因为人们都很友好,而且小组工作会促进交流。另外当然饮食习惯会有不同。在周末或者假期,人们的娱乐方式也和国内不太相同。
The biggest difference I have found is that it is so individual here in the Netherlands, but it is not a problem for studying, friendly people and group work can help communicate. Also the food here is quite different, of course. People here have different ways of entertainment on the weekends or on holiday.

What’s it like to be so far away from home?

我比较早的已经开始自己住了,所以没有那么想家。但是,一个人住而且离国内这么远意味着你得自己照顾好自己的一切,跟国内有父母帮助是很不同的。而且远在他乡,有时候自己需要适应文化差异。
I started living alone relatively early so I do not suffer from home sickness that much. However, living alone far away means you need to take care of yourself much more than at home with parents’ help. Also sometimes you need to deal with cultural difference.

What do you miss most from home?

家乡的美食吧。
The food definitely.

What makes studying in the Netherlands special?

在荷兰学习对将来成为国际人才我觉得是很有帮助的。因为很多很多不同国家的人在这里工作学习,尤其是Fontys大学,各个国家的人都有。你可以学习如何与不同国家的人一起合作,非常的有帮助。另外在这里学习对语言的提高也很有帮助,这里人人都会讲英语。
Studying here is really helpful for becoming an international person. Because there are many nationalities here in the Netherlands, especially Fontys, you can learn how to work with people from other parts of the worlds. You can also improve your language skills a lot.

What do you do besides studying?

在学习之外,我比较喜欢体育运动,派对,还有旅游。在学校的运动中心很容易就可以买到便宜的健身卡。另外当你有周末或者假期的时候,坐飞机去周边国家旅游业非常的方便。甚至欧盟远一些的国家也没有问题。
Personally I like to do sports, go party, and travel besides studying. It is easy to have a sports card in the sport center. Also when you have a long weekends or holiday, flying to neighbour countries or even farther-away countries within EU is very easy.

What would you recommend students looking for an education abroad?

我觉得学生最好应该了解到自己的长处和短处,发挥长处,选择一个自己适合的专业最重要,不要让自己后悔。
I will recommend student to be sure of their strength and weaknesses, find a suitable study for themselves without regretting.

What are your plans when you finish your study?

我的计划是去工作然后有时间的话到世界各地旅游。
I plan to go to work after my study, also travel the world as much as possible when I have time.

What do you like best about your time in the Netherlands/at Fontys?

我最喜欢荷兰的地方就是这里非常的国际化,很多不同国家的人在这里学习工作。荷兰人也很友好。总之在这里生活还是挺开心的。对Fontys来说,我非常喜欢这里的灵活性。除此之外,我也非常喜欢这里不断更新的专业。这里的课程更新很频繁,都是根据市场的需求和变化,这是非常好的一点。
The part I like most is that it is a very international country, you can find many nationalities here working or studying. People here are friendly, too. So I feel very happy to live here. In studying at Fontys, I really like the flexibility in almost everything. Besides that, I also like the up-to-date study programme, following the fast changing trends, Fontys tries to update the curriculum, which is very nice.

Haiyi Ma, People's Republic of China,
ICT & Software Engineering.

Ambience photo Fontys