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    ‘I am the Flevo Campus’: International Students

    In the ‘I am the Flevo Campus’ series we introduce people that are involved in the Flevo Campus. This time an student at Aeres University of Applied Sciences that got an encouragement scholarship from Flevo Campus to study at Aeres.

    Fiona Engelhardt

    Where are you from?
    Germany

    What do you study?
    European Food Business

    Why did you choose this study?
    Because of my interest in quality food as a source of health.

    What do you like about Almere?
    That it has the opportunity to become a role model in terms of sustainability and green thinking within a urban area. The city offers a very flexible surrounding for these means.

    Flevo Campus is the hotspot for innovations in terms of food and urbanisation. Where do you hope to contribute within this broad topic after you’ve finished studying?
    I see a huge opportunity for regional, sustainable and good-quality food in contributing and supporting people with a healthy lifestyle. I already have a degree as dietitian, but helping people when they are (already) in a bad state of health did not seem to be a sustainable solution to me. Feeding oneself with the right food can help to prevent getting ill in the first place – the wish to spread this thought lead me to the decision to start a studying European Food Business. After finishing this programme I hope to find the right opportunity to contribute to societies health within the food industry!


    Paulina Cherabie

    Where are you from?
    The United States of America

    What do you study?
    European Food Business

    Why did you choose this study?
    Last year, I was an eager learner working in the USA, dreaming of what it might be like to study in the Netherlands. One thing lead to another, and I here I am now studying in the heart of Almere! I am really interested in the food industry and thought I had to try this program at Aeres University of Applied Sciences. As an international student, it can be challenging at times. Integrating into the new system, moving from the other side of the planet and learning the norms of a new society.

    Flevo Campus is the hotspot for innovations in terms of food and urbanisation. Where do you hope to contribute within this broad topic after you’ve finished studying?
    I hope to contribute to a more sustainable food industry, using resourcefulness and innovation to leave the world better than I found it.


    Sébastien Ambroise

    Where are you from?
    I come from the North of France, 100 kilometers above Paris in the Picardie region.

    What do you study?
    Urban dynamics. I am immersed in the agriculture sector since I was born. My family works in the agriculture sector and they shared their passion with me. Therefore, I choose this study because I am interested in the interactions between the plant and the soil.

    Why did you choose this study?
    Last year, I graduated from HND crop productions in France and I would like to make the connection between farmers and consumers in order to exchange knowledge. Furthermore, it is important to know all the different factors of the food chain in order to resolve bigger problems. I am currently learning about the management of the living environment and rural innovation at Aeres University of Applied Sciences.

    Flevo Campus is the hotspot for innovations in terms of food and urbanisation. Where do you hope to contribute within this broad topic after you’ve finished studying?
    For me, the Netherlands and especially Flevoland, are doing a good job in connecting farmers and consumers. Besides the agriculture is really interesting because the farmers take care about environmental aspects in the way they farm. Last year I had two options, the first one was the Bachelor degree in Dronten correlated with Angers in France. The second one was this training I am currently in. I have never studied in city before and it is really great to live in Almere. This is a new city which is really attractive, I am living in Dichterhof and I am close to everything. The organisation of the city is amazing if I compare it to city’s in France. Almere is not really a student-city but I really like this place, it is close to the sea, Amsterdam, the country-side and easy to reach.

    I use the money of the scholarship to pay my accommodation and I spend a part on food,  I love to buy food at the market in front of the city hall. It is a great market with good products, and for me it is also an opportunity to try local food-specialities.