Why Study Energy Engineering in Germany

Posted Posted in Engineering, Germany

Germany is one of Europe’s leading forces in the ‘renewable revolution’. A revolution started by the Green party in the 1980’s was carried forward by Angela Merkel, known as the Climate Chancellor. After the Fukushima disaster in Japan she decided to phase out all nuclear power plants and focused on the Energiewende, the planned transition towards renewable energy. Merkel maintained her international engagement in cutting emissions achieving in sourcing 30% of Germany’s power sustainably. Converting the remaining 70% to green energy is planned and under way. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment aims to run Germany solely on renewable energy and make its economy climate-neutral by 2050.

In order to achieve this humungous task of transformation, there will be a great need for energy engineers. The country’s focus on developing green technologies is supported by the education industry and its educational institutions have been preparing for this. Germany, in the process, has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world to study renewable energy.

The biggest challenge will be to store, transport and distribute the renewable energy. The economy will rely on the German universities to prepare the workforce to create solutions and technologies to overcome these challenges.

The major wind mill parks are located in the coastal region of northern Germany. So the universities in the northern part of Germany like Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Kiel University, University of Kassel would be good for studying renewable energy besides Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH, TU Munich and University of Stuttgart.

To find employment, some of the companies for wind energy are: Gamesa, Suzlon, GE Wind Energy, Vestas, Windworld. For solar energy, Sunedison, First Solar, Belectric, DuPont, Trina, SMA are some of the global leaders.

All you need to know about education in France

Posted Posted in France

Known for being the country that has produced the most Nobel prize winners, France is a very desirable study destination.

Students in France must specialize in the relevant field of study from their first year at the university. Hence students need to have a clear understanding of what they want to achieve from the degree, or which future jobs they are interested in pursuing, from the beginning of their degree program.

Compared to the US universities, French universities are not so selective and accept students who attain secondary school education. As a result, class sizes are large in the first year of study. However, in order to progress to the second year, students have to pass very competitive exams and qualify for the limited number of places.

Much like the Ivy league in the US and Oxbridge in the UK, there is an elite group of institutes in France known as the ‘grandes écoles’. These are regarded highly in France and have extremely selective entry examinations. 

Some of these are:

  • Université PSL
  • École Polytechnique
  • Sorbonne University
  • University of Paris
  • École Normal Supérieure de Lyon
  • Sciences Po

The top business schools are:

  • HEC Paris 
  • INSEAD
  • ESCP Europe
  • ESSEC Business School

Language requirement:

  • Many universities offer students the option of a bilingual programme or a programme taught only in English.
  • Proof of English proficiency is shown with IELTS/TOEFL.
  • For programs taught in French, Level B2 is required for admission to 1st year in the framework of the DAP (demande d’admission préalable – preliminary request for admission). Some French institutes of higher education may require a higher level, C1 or C2, for specific programmes.

Cost of education:

Public universities’ fees usually have to be paid in full at the beginning of each academic year.

  • €2770 per year for Bachelor’s programmes
  • €3770 per year for Master’s programmes
  • €380 per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes

Private universities, who are able to set their own annual fees, charge much higher tuition fees, which often range from €3,000 to €20,000 per year. Some of the top management schools in France charge up to €30,000 as an annual tuition fee.

For living expenses, international students are expected to have funds of €615 per month (€7318 per year). In larger cities, other than Paris, students are able to live on €850 to €1000 per month, including the cost of accommodation. However, if you wish to study in Paris, as most international students heading to France do, be prepared to spend €1250 to €1400 per month.

You require health insurance – national or Private of €300-700

Universities also offer scholarships to international students every year. Scholarships range from being fully funded, partially funded to tuition fee only support. 

Top Scholarships to Apply for in France

Part time work opportunities:

You can work part time 20hours/week during term time and full time during vacation.

Post study work permit: 2 years

France opens doors for Indians:

Indian students in France can now extend their stay in the country beyond completion of their studies. Under this arrangement, Indian post graduate students shall be allowed the benefit of a 2 years special residence permit in France.

How to demonstrate your leadership qualities

Posted Posted in MBA, Profile Building

Admission committees look for leadership skills in an applicant, both undergraduate and postgraduate and this can be shown in various ways.

Narrate your achievements as a leader. You may be a team leader within an organization or outside. For example, you could be the leader of an academic project, a sports team captain, organize a food drive or any community service based activity. It could be that you improved the work environment, helped build the brand, streamlined investments, enabled or empowered your team members.
Note, you must mention measurable results, like the size of your team, percentage increase in sales or clients etc.

If you have not been in the role of a team leader, but were an ad-hoc leader for an individual project or perhaps you did not have an official position, but were the driving force behind the project, you could still show your leadership quality. Show individual initiative.
Here it would be useful to have your recommender vouch for your claims.

If you have not led a group of people, don’t loose hope. You can inspire/motivate others/peers or help someone solve a problem, contribute to the growth of an organisation or project to show that you have leadership potential.

Note, it is important to narrate the episode/story rather than just list your accomplishments.

How to make yourself stand out in an MBA application

Posted Posted in MBA, Profile Building

Whether it is to advance in your current career, change your career path or do something entirely different, when you are applying for an MBA program, you are competing with others who are perhaps equally qualified if not more and you need to distinguish yourself from them. So instead of making the application about what you want, make it about what you can give, how you can contribute to the school that you are applying to.

As you think about how to frame your essays and prepare for interview, keep in mind to convince the admissions that you will enhance the college experience of your peer students, add knowledge to the classroom learning environment through special skills that you will bring to the table and that you will continue to make a positive impact as an alumnus.

Read here tips on how to do this.

  1. Start with thinking about which of your skills and interests will benefit the program. Think of what you want to give and receive from your classmates. Example: you might have technical experience that can be shared with your cohort.
  2. Connect your past and present experiences. For example, you have worked at a leather export company and bring the knowledge of the leather industry to your classmates.
  3. Research what clubs and societies are there in the school, mention how you can contribute to them or perhaps talk about some club that you would create of your own.
  4. Research the faculty and their work and relate it to your interests. Perhaps you might aspire to assist the professor with his or her research.
  5. Reach out to the current students and alumni to get to know the ins and outs of the school culture. With your research and understanding of the school and it’s mission and vision, establish that their school is uniquely the best fit for what you want to achieve.

By showing that your career will be augmented by their program and that you will augment their program with your presence, you will have satisfied the admission team of your suitability.

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