Moldavian Marina uses her education in Denmark as a springboard
Marina Cebotari is one of the 16 international students at the BA-programme in international sales and marketing management. She hopes that this education can be a springboard for an international career as a salesperson or export manager.
23-year-old Marina Cebotari has already started to implement her dream of traveling abroad with different projects. For her 3rd semester, she intends to become, as part of her programme, an intern at an international company in India, China or Brazil.
"I love to work in an international environment and interact with different cultures. I am sure, that I can use my Danish education as a springboard to seek a job around the world," says Marina.
The big difference between studying in Denmark and in Eastern Europe
Ten years ago, Marina lived in Nisporeni, in the Republic of Moldova. After nine years of school she moved to Lugoj in Romania to study at a high school. In 2011, Marina got Romanian citizenship like her grandmother. With her new EU Citizenship, she got free access to the Danish education system. In the summer of 2011, Marina came to Aarhus to study marketing management. She chose Business Academy Aarhus because of their close relationship with real companies. Additionally, she had many friends who were studying there and they recommended us. She remembers that it was a completely different world.
"The education system I came from is based on individual work. It's much more competitive, each person is responsible for personal projects, and team work is not emphasised in education."
Marina Cebotari likes the Danish education system, even though she acknowledges that it has been difficult to get used to, especially the group work.
"I come from an individualistic society where everyone competes against each other and works very independently. Here in Denmark, I no longer work alone, results are achieved by working in a team. Through team work, I have learned to cooperate, to divide the tasks and manage a team for achieving results as well as developing each other via knowledge sharing and experience. I have also learned that the Academy is a harmless environment to make mistakes and thereby gain experience in order to add value to the company and prepare for a professional job."
Active in speech and leadership school
At Business Academy Aarhus, Marina learns about sales strategies, project management, customer relations, financial analysis and product development.
"This education is very practical, innovative and creative," says Marina. To further improve her leadership skills, Marina is active in Aarhus Toastmasters club where she developed her public speaking and leadership skills.
Many international students
Marina’s fellow students come from countries such as Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Germany and obviously Denmark. Teaching is in English. Compared to the city's other higher education institutions, Business Academy Aarhus has the largest number of foreign students and a very international environment. Out of a total intake of 1,839 new students in 2013, 323 of them are foreigners. This corresponds to almost 18 percent.