Hugo van Bree

Hugo van Bree
In this Master's, one learns to oversee different perspectives of certain spatial problems and situations.
Hugo van Bree
Cities, Water and Climate Change
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Pedagogical Sciences (Radboud University)

Hugo van Bree is a Master's student Cities, Water and Climate Change.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

I really like the fact that my Master's programme challenges students to work on real-life situations. The courses offer a general theoretical framework, and chain of thoughts, which can be further explored in the group assignments that can have any related real-life situation as topic. This makes the Master's academically challenging and pratically useful.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

The atmosphere in the classrooms and in the Master's overall is very open. Lecturers, especially in the specialisation courses, tend to have open discussions with students in the classroom. In this way, students can share their different perspectives on problems and situations. Next to that, the classes have a lot of different nationalities, which makes the exchange of different perspectives even more valuable.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

At first, I was getting used to English education, but I got used to it very fast. I learned to work with a lot of people from different backgrounds, which required a lot of good communication and making clear agreements.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

I am not doing an internship at the moment. I decided to invest my time in the co-determination of the university to practice my skills in a (semi-)political environment. My thesis is about circular economy, and in what way policies can contribute to making steps forward in circular economics.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

In this Master's, one learns to oversee different perspectives of certain spatial problems and situations. This is important in order to make sure everyone is seen and heard, when it comes to decision-making. I think this Master's is a very useful programme for that, and it can be of great use for all different advising companies and governing bodies.