If international Master’s student, Jose Maria Garrido Nogales, had to sum up his six-month study experience at DUT, it would be described as ‘magnífico’.
He is the first Spanish student to be given the prestigios (AESOP), a European and South African Partnership on Heritage and Past scholarship to study at DUT from July 2015 to December 2015. The AESOP multidisciplinary Erasmus Mundus consortium is a partnership composed by 11 European and nine South African university partners, DUT being one of them. AESOP encourages the collaboration between different sectors applied to cultural and natural heritage.
Nogales, a student from the University of Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, who is already a graduate in Industrial Engineering at the University of Malaga, Spain, and has a degree in Business Administration and Management, opted to do his second semester of his Masters’ studies in International Accounting and Financial Direction at DUT.
“I wanted to expand and develop my personal training in various cultures and languages in this magnificent country. The experience I had at DUT was extremely wonderful. The level of study is very good and more than I had imagined. This is my first time to this beautiful city and being able to experience the different cultures, foods and of course improve my English, was really a once in a lifetime experience,” he said.
Nogales, who goes back to Spain in late December 2015, says he hopes to continue his studies and perhaps come back to Durban to do his PhD at DUT.
According to Dr Lavern Samuels, DUT Director of the International Education and Partnerships office, said he is very excited with the partnership DUT now has with the Spanish University. “Our aim is to foster and develop partnerships with other universities internationally and ensure international students have a positive experience at DUT, and we have achieved that with Nogales who has thoroughly enjoyed his study period at DUT. Also, DUT is looking to further partnerships and engagements with the Spanish University and already has a student from DUT who will soon be travelling to Spain on an exchange programme in the near future. We will also have Spanish delegates visiting our University from next year (2016) so we are extremely pleased and look forward to this era of the Erasmus programme with Spain,” he said.
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Pictured: Dr Lavern Samuels, DUT Director of the International Education and Partnerships, with Master’s student, Jose Maria Garrido Nogales.