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👩‍🎓 Elaine Lam, BSc in Public Health Year 4 student, embarked on an unforgettable journey at Maastricht University in the Netherlands through an exchange programme organized by our School

“My exchange programme at Maastricht University has truly been a catalyst for personal growth, cultural exchange, and professional development. This eye-opening experience has truly broadened my horizons and allowed me to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Interacting with individuals from around the world has not only expanded my social network but has also fostered meaningful friendships that I deeply treasure. 🌍🌟🤝

Stepping out of my comfort zone, I embraced the opportunity to explore the Dutch public health system firsthand. This immersive experience provided me with invaluable insights into the intricacies of healthcare structure and delivery in the Netherlands. Witnessing different healthcare models in action has deepened my understanding of public health and enriched my knowledge in the field. 🔍💪🏥

I deeply appreciate the invaluable experiences and meaningful connections I have gained throughout my participation in the exchange programme.” 🙏✨🌍

With a thirst for knowledge and a heart full of wanderlust, Niki Chan, a fourth-year BSc in Public Health student, embarked on a soul-stirring expedition through our school's student exchange programme to Maastricht University.

“Studying at Maastricht University as an exchange student is a rewarding and memorable experience. It offers a diverse and inclusive environment, and the opportunity to explore different cultures and countries.

Maastricht University is located in the Netherlands. The university is known for its Problem-Based Learning (PBL) system, which encourages active student participation and fosters critical thinking and collaboration, this learning system offers me a chance to experience different learning ways. The university hosts a significant number of international students, providing ample opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures, so I grabbed the opportunities and made friends with students from all over the world, such as students from America and German. This multicultural atmosphere enriches my overall learning experience and enhances my cross-cultural understanding.

One of the highlights of studying at Maastricht University is the city itself. Maastricht is a charming and historic city located in the southern part of the Netherlands. It offers a unique blend of Dutch, Belgian, and German influences, creating a rich cultural tapestry. The city is famous for its picturesque architecture, lively squares, and vibrant café culture. As an exchange student, I can explore Maastricht's historical landmarks, enjoy its culinary delights, and experience its vibrant arts and music scene. Moreover, Maastricht is nearby Germany and Belgium, which make it convenient to explore other countries. Last but not least, studying abroad provides a tranquil pace that alleviates stress, allowing for a greater sense of relaxation and contributing to improved mental wellbeing.”

Joanne Lee, a fourth-year Public Health student, embarked on an exhilarating journey studying abroad at Maastricht University through the exchange programme. This vibrant experience allowed her to immerse herself in European culture and broaden her horizons while pursuing her academic goals.

"Studying at Maastricht University as an exchange student has been an incredibly enlightening and life-changing experience. Academically, it has allowed me to immerse myself in a different teaching method and acquire new learning strategies. Students are encouraged to share ideas, actively participate in tutorials, and gain practical experience through problem-based learning training sessions. This exchange program has provided me with a unique opportunity to explore the public health system in the Netherlands and acquire insightful knowledge.

It has been an incredible journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Throughout the semester, I have had the chance to travel to nearby countries and cities, stepping out of my comfort zone and broadening my horizons. Engaging with people from diverse backgrounds has facilitated cultural exchange, expanding my global network.

I am immensely grateful for this opportunity as it has truly shaped me into a more open-minded and globally aware individual."

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