Theoretical knowledge among Romanian students is of a high level and the programme is very intensive compared to education in the Netherlands. The practical level, however, is inferior to what we are accustomed to in the Netherlands. Practical internships are unusual in technical programmes. Students receive about 26 hours of lessons at university.
Students in our training programme are taught for 6 hours a day. They also receive lessons at the university for their regular programme and work on their thesis project at home. All our students can speak and write English. Some of them also speak French. This is because most universities in Romania offer the option of graduating in French.
We offer them Dutch lessons using various methods: a self-study package (Rosetta Stone), several weeks of intensive Dutch lessons during training and Dutch lessons once they are working in the Netherlands. The degree to which the lessons are given and the choice of learning method depend in part on the needs and wants of our clients.
After graduation, only a small group of students find work in Romania in the area they studied. Our students are therefore very motivated, as our programme offers them the chance to find work in their professional area with better prospects than in Romania.
Romanians are inherently very individually oriented. Their drive to complete personal tasks well means that project goals are sometimes secondary. Our programme therefore focuses strongly on students’ personal development. This is done by means of soft-skill training and by giving them project education in the programme, leading them to prioritise the project result over their own goals.
By giving the students lessons on different cultures, rules and customs in the Netherlands and by means of their internships in the Netherlands, our students are prepared to live and work in western Europe. They are also intensively guided and encouraged to integrate into Dutch society.
Our Romanian students are ambitious, very loyal and have a 1950s-style work ethic. In technical and personal terms, they are certainly an asset to your organisation.