Bram van Dongen.

Risk Management a plus on the CV

“A course in Risk Management would be great to have in my degree”, thought Bram van Dongen, Erasmus exchange student from the Netherlands. The University of Borås in Sweden was the only place where it was offered.

During the exchange semester, Bram van Dongen studied different courses in international business management. One course caught deeper interest; the course in Risk Management.

Bram van Dongen
From: Breda in the Netherlands
Studies: Business Economics at the Avans Hogeschool, the Netherlands
Exchange programme: Erasmus

What is so interesting with this course?

“Risk is a part of all our lives. We need to take risks in order to grow and develop. From energy to infrastructure, from supply chains to airport security, from ransom software to a firewall, effectively managed risks help people achieve their dream in our fast paced world, and the risks we have to manage evolve quickly. We need to make sure we manage risks so that we minimise their threats and maximise their potential.”

What was the first impression when you arrived in Sweden?

“Except from the fact that it was cold when I arrived in January, I thought the people seemed a bit shut off. When I arrived to the university, however, everybody was really nice and helpful. And once you learn to know people, they really open up.”

What is your impression of your studies?

“The study life is really great here, with a good study pace and the teachers are really good. There is plenty of time to make friends and do excursions in Scandinavia. I joined the Erasmus student network ESN Borås. They arrange many social activities.”

What expectations did you have?

“I expected the university to be big and actually thought I would get lost in the different buildings, but it turned out to be really easy to find my way around campus.”

Where was your favourite spot to study?

“The terrace at the student apartment and the cafeteria at the university.”

What recommendations would you give to new students?

“Just come here! The university is great, with good service and a lot of friendly people. Be prepared for the courses and lectures to get the most out of them. And it helps to learn a bit of Swedish.”

Swedish words that are good to know: Fika (coffee break, often with some cookies) and Lagom (which means not too much and not too little, but just in between those alternatives). I expected the Swedish language to be difficult but realised there are many similarities with Dutch, and many words are the same in English or German.

Text and photo: Solveig Klug