Anna-Lena Roiger is from Kaiserslautern and is studying for a master’s degree in Business Management at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.
In an interview with euregio campus, she talks about studying and living in the region.
What phase of your studies are you currently in?
From April to August, I will be working on my master’s thesis. I have two focus areas in my studies: marketing and procurement and I will write my thesis in the area of procurement.
Why did you decide to study at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences?
I first attended a private university for a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I wanted to see how I would do in a public university. It was a bit of a coincidence that I ended up at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. Together with three friends from Mannheim, I applied to universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. We were all awarded a place at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.
What do you think of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences so far?
I can recommend the Hochschule Niederrhein to everyone. I really like the fact that the training is so practice oriented. In our master’s programme we had a project with the company Henkel and in the first semester we gave a digital lecture for the BME region Düsseldorf / Lower Rhine (Federal Association for Material Acquisition, Business and Logistics). I think it’s great that the lecturers ensure that we get to know so many companies during our studies. The project and group work has really allowed me to grow over the past 1.5 years. The lecturers are very involved and if you show that you are motivated, they will do a great deal for you. There are also many additional courses, such as language courses. During my first semester, for instance, I took a SAP course.
What do you think about student life in Mönchengladbach?
In the first semester, student life in Mönchengladbach was really great! I went to university every day and did a lot of things together with my fellow students. We often visited the Netherlands for a day and I celebrated Carnaval for the first time. Unfortunately, the student life was cut short by Corona this past year.
What do you want to do after graduation? What should your first job be like?
I would like to work in a purchasing department of a company. The university and its lecturers have good contacts with several companies in the region. If you are ambitious and committed, lecturers will approach you and put you in touch with these companies. I would like to stay in North Rhine-Westphalia and would like to live in the city where I work, instead of commuting every day.