Meike Thijsen (The Netherlands), Artificial Intelligence
I like Project Centred Learning. It teaches you a lot, even though it is definitely not easy.

I like project-based learning. It teaches you a lot, even though it is certainly not easy. It helps you prepare for your professional career as it is like working in a real workplace within a group of programmers. Because the environment here at DACS is so international, you also learn a lot about intercultural communication. I would absolutely recommend PCL to a friend.

What was your first impression of your master’s programme at Maastricht University?

It is a good follow up to the bachelor here. I like the courses. I also notice that the workload is higher, which is normal, but somehow I did not expect it that way. It feels a bit like I am extending my bachelor here.

How is the contact between you, your lecturers and fellow students?

I like that we call everyone by their first name and that teachers are so approachable. Our contact is friendly and informal. In a study like this, it is very important to talk about topics with friends and to work together on assignments. I think that is why many friendships are formed here at the faculty.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?             

My ultimate goal is to work at the European Space Agency. I am not certain if I will be there in 5 years, we will see. Because I am not sure whether I want to start working yet, I might first do a second master's degree. Otherwise, I hope to work for an interesting company where I have many holidays, so that I can travel.

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    Wiebke Hennig (Germany), Artificial Intelligence
    Thanks to the unique structure of the master’s programme in Artificial Intelligence, I experienced a very focused, motivated, and dynamic environment.
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    Ajkel Mino, Artificial Intelligence
    The department is very international, my classmates literally come from all over the world!
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    Katharina Schneider, Lecturer, Artificial Intelligence lecturer
    You learn skills needed in your future career...
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    Frederik Calsius, Artificial Intelligence
    My favorite thing about this programme is the broad range of topics that are being taught.
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    Mark Winands, Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences
    In this programme, you will not only talk about AI, but you will 'do' AI!
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    Simona Vychytilova (Australia), Artificial Intelligence
    Maastricht is a great international student city so there is always something to do. Everything is reachable by bike making for a great energetic city.
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    Christopher Wittlinger, Artificial Intelligence
    You can always drop in to ask the teachers questions; you’re usually on a first-name basis, which makes it that much easier