Research

Sustainable Cities, MSc in Engineering

Kenneth Hansen

Kenneth Hansen

Kenneth Hansen studied Sustainable Cities and is now working for Centre for Global Cooperation.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY SUSTAINABLE CITIES?

I wanted to study Sustainable Cities to get a holistic perspective on planning in a city perspective. At the same time I knew from my time as a bachelor student that I was a big fan of the Aalborg University approach with project work in groups focusing on the subjects you are interested in. At the same time I had good experiences with the staff at the university and enjoyed the atmosphere.

HOW DID YOU EXPERIENCE YOUR STUDY TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY?

I was a very good period, both from a study and social perspective with many good memories I will remember. The focus on working in groups encourages close collaboration with your fellow students, which naturally has a positive influence on getting to know each other. I also experienced that people were very motivated and had good ideas that they wanted to apply during their studies.

DID YOU DO AN INTERNSHIP?  IF SO, WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT? AND WHERE?

I was intern for six months at the Danish Embassy in Vietnam in the Green Growth department. It was a great period where I learned a lot, both in terms of the study, but also as a person. I would highly recommend to do an internship at an organization that you are interested in and that is different from your normal setting. The internship can also be used as a first step to create your professional profile that you would like to pursue later in your career.

WHAT SKILLS FROM YOUR EDUCATION CAN YOU USE IN YOUR PRESENT JOB?

At my current job, I am using some of the energy planning knowledge from the education. Moreover, during the study, I learned competences for working in teams with different types of personalities, which is highly relevant in my current job. Finally, project planning and management is a key competence that you get to learn first-hand during the programming that you will likely use later in your career.

IF YOU NEED TO HIGHLIGHT PROJECTS YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN – WHICH WOULD THAT BE?

In my first semester project I focused on waste management in a city in Uganda. I especially enjoyed studying a non-European context where the conditions are very different and where cultural aspects are also necessary to consider. We went on a study trip to the city for data collection, site inspections and interviews with the key stakeholders. I learned a lot during this semester.