What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?
This Master's programme challenged me to think in a holistic way by acknowledging that everything related to planning and policy is connected in a system with stakeholders from all layers of society.
What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?
The atmosphere in class is very professional and everyone is motivated to get the best results possible, which in my opinion, is a distinct difference with a Bachelor's. For this reason, the teachers treat you as equals and communicate with you like you are a colleague.
What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?
Sometimes, I had difficulties relating certain theories to practice. Our field of study (spatial planning and real estate) is based on practical phenomena. Therefore, approaching this subject via a theoretical and sometimes philosophical angle can be challenging.
Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?
I am currently doing my thesis internship at RoyalHaskoningDHV, a large consultancy in urban planning. I decided to combine it with my thesis to get used to the working environment and apply my theoretical knowledge in the work field. My thesis is about redeveloping inner-city Brownfield sites into modern office spaces to facilitate the changing office demand from the post-COVID office user.
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?
Designing the urban environment to be as efficient, sustainable and livable as possible will remain to be a challenging task in the future of our society, especially with regard to climate change and the current housing shortage. City planners of today shape the urban environment of tomorrow. I would like to work for a consultancy or government authority with challenging projects in city planning and urban design. If possible, I would like to work on international projects as well.