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Health students bang the drum

Music with buckets and broomsticks, and a discussion on how to attract more internationals to the Faculty of Health Sciences

Students got a taste of the famous Danish ‘hygge’ (cosy Danish atmosphere, ed.) at a debate evening about internationalization at the Panum Institute on Thursday.

After a light dinner, conversation flowed freely as members of the Faculty and the students discussed changing more health science courses into English-language taught courses, and how to attract internationals to a new Novo Nordisk-supported centre for metabolic research.

The event was part of a drive to attract more students from abroad to the Faculty of Health Sciences.

More courses in English

»I don’t know about other faculties but we are ready to welcome more international students at our faculty. We are always looking forward to having them,« said Bodil Norrild, the Head of the International Committee.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is converting most of the courses and research programs in to English as well as offering internationally relevant courses for summer school.

The faculty also houses the Copenhagen School of Global Health, which offers internships and student jobs for internationals as well as summer school programmes in English.

Musical magic

Following the serious talk, Danish actor Thomas Kirk took over to intitate the international in the art of ‘hygge’.

Using buckets and brooms to make music, the students followed his lead to make the internationalisation event evening a magical one.

It was the best part of the entire event, agree the students.

»Remember, you just have to look up to find that someone who will be there to help you«, was Kirk’s parting word of advice for the International students.

Professors on the lookout

The event was arranged by the International Committee at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

With new avenues for research opening up at a fast pace, Copenhagen will soon be an ideal destination for international students, they say.

Professors are always looking for students to work on their PhDs and Master’s thesis and the students should exploit these opportunities.

»Although it is against Danish culture to dream of being better than others, I think University of Copenhagen will be the world’s leading centre for metabolic research in the next ten years,« says Anne Stæhr from the Centre for Metabolic Research.

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