A graduate story – Anna Meersohn, Alfa Laval, Aalborg
A graduate story – Erikas Jankauskas, Schmitz Cargobull, Litauen
More and more companies sell their products and services on the global market. As a graduate from the bachelor degree programme in Export and Technology Management, you understand that effective technology is required to develop safe and successful products.
You can create marketing strategies that ensure that global sales targets are met. You will be ready to handle the cultural differences and take part in the internal sales processes and be part of the globalisation of markets.
Using your understanding of technology, you can contribute to the development of new products. You are knowledgeable about; design, quality, development, production planning and the day-to-day operations of a company.
As a bachelor of Export and Technology Management, you may find employment in Danish or international companies.
Examples of job titles are; an export consultant, logistics consultant, product consultant or procurement officer. In the long term, you may also become an export manager, product manager or procurement manager.
The programme covers 7 semesters and gives you an understanding of company and commercial issues
Instruction will be a combination of technical and commercial approaches.
As a graduate of Export and Technology Management you will have thorough knowledge of both and will be able to act as a link between a company and its clients.
During the course of your education you will be introduced to the following disciplines:
- Technology: Product development, production processes, materials, construction, design and project management
- Sales: Industrial export, marketing, foreign trade, shipping / transportation and innovation
- Communication: Foreign languages, cultural understanding and negotiation techniques
Disciplinary focus for each semester
Each semester has its disciplinary focus:
- 1st semester – The business foundation of a company
- 2nd semester – Market understanding
- 3rd semester – Planning a market strategy
- 4th semester – Market and client relations
- 5th semester – Internship
- 6th semester – Local subjects and specialisation
- 7th semester – Local subjects and bachelor project
Furthermore, each semester has a specific industry focus such as the iron and metal industry, the plastic industry, the IT and electronics industry and the timber and furniture industry.
During your internship you will be able to test your theoretical skills in practice. On the 7th semester you will have the opportunity to specialise within one or more of the subjects you have been introduced to over the first 5 semesters or during your internship.
On the 7th semester you will also write your bachelor project.
During the 1-4. semesters and the 6th, instruction will be a combination of whole class teaching, project work, company visits, guest lecturers and other kinds of instruction.
Instruction will mainly take place at the institute. In contrast, the 5th and 7th semesters take their starting point in a company.
Test your theories in practice on the Export and Technology Management programme
On the 5th semester you will be able to test theory in practice during a one-semester internship. Here you will have ample opportunity to shape your education the way you want to.
The internship may take place in Denmark but part of all of your internship may also be spent abroad.
Read UCN student Camilla Nanna Elkjær Poulsen’s internship story: Internship at Kuehne + Nagel, Luxembourg
I’ve been employed as an operational intern within the Corporate Network and Supply Chain Engineering Team, Kuehne + Nagel, Luxembourg and have afterwards extended to write my bachelor thesis with them as well.
Kuehne + Nagel is a 3rd and 4th party logistics-service provider with locations world-wide.
I was quickly fully integrated in the team and their daily operations which concerns optimizing, re-designing and simulating supply chain networks.
Some of the core areas that I have worked with are strategy and business processes understanding, planning of transport and warehouse networks and using these factors for future cost and serviceability evaluations.
Throughout my internship I was given the opportunity to work with different IT-/planning tools as well as projects within all industry sectors: Consumer goods, Automotive, Industrial, Pharmaceuticals and so on.
I had high expectations in terms of learning, but I also knew that Kuehne + Nagel, being an employer of more than 63.000 people, would have high expectations of me.
It can be challenging to understand the ways and structure of a company that operates across departments globally, but it also comes with great opportunities.
It leads to an environment where self-development, innovation and decision-making are encouraged – an environment that is supported by a solid back-bone of skilled people, who will both challenge and support you. In other words, I have been working in an environment where my knowledge have been challenged and as a result have evolved greatly.
I’ve gradually built myself up from functioning as a support function for my team members as to running my own small projects in the end of my work placement.
Education and internship
The Export Bachelor puts a great focus on the balance between theory and practice and therefore it is an excellent opportunity to experience this balance yourself and learn how to align the two things.
The broadness of the education provides you a good understanding of different business areas, not only from a theoretical perspective, but from an operational perspective as well as the professors on the education brings with them valuable work life experience.
I have learned a lot throughout my education though all”generalized” theories or specific case studies with different challenges.
The actual learning curve starts to greatly evolve as soon as you are in an environment where you can use your knowledge on a daily basis, challenge it and revert it into something practical applicable depending on the business case.
Future goals and ambitions
My future goals are strongly inspired by my decision of doing my internship abroad and the type of company I have been employed with.
This period have inspired me to think bigger” and set high goals for myself and my future. I am highly attracted to working in an international environment with so many different people who all possess different skills, different methods and different cultures. This is the type of company I see myself working in.
If you have the opportunity to conduct an internship abroad, I can only say that it is really worth considering. It is a great professional opportunity as well as personal.
Being employed in an international company will teach you a lot and you will be provided with the opportunity to evolve and challenge yourself greatly.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop an extensive network and potentially a new career direction.
Reflective Practice-Based Learning
Common to all our programmes is the focus on educating you for the real world. Our slogan is “Real Life Education”, and we mean this very literally. You will at least be spending a term at a work placement, and we strive to continuously develop our curriculum in collaboration with the professions, we train for.
Another common feature is our great learning environment, in which classroom teaching is key. We combine the academic and social aspects of studying, hereby easing the transition to becoming an independent student. The interaction between theory and practice combined with personal reflection remains the absolute core of all our study programmes – and the basis of our learning approach Reflective Practice-Based Learning.
Getting ready for the future
In the course of your studies you will be inspired to be creative, to explore and to be innovative; and you will learn to look critically at your own learning, your experience, your knowledge and practice. You bring your own values and personality into play, and through reflecting on your own practice you develop your personal judgement and ability to act professionally.
In the study programme you will also be working closely together with your fellow students. You learn to share knowledge and to work towards a common goal together with others. In that way you build up an important reflective competence which is decisive for being innovative, independent and productive in the labour market of the future.
There are several possibilities for giving your education an international twist
During the course of your education at UCN you can go abroad for a certain period of time. You can go on an internship abroad in one or more companies or you can take your studies abroad.
The two kinds of placements can even be combined so you can do both. Be aware that the time spent abroad may not prolong the total duration of your studies in Denmark, however.
Why go abroad?
Whether you choose to do an internship or to study abroad, you will no doubt develop — personally as well as professionally. You will broaden your horizons and develop your language and professional skills.
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself, to increase and develop your intercultural competencies — and an opportunity to return enlightened and enriched.
You will also add an international dimension to your CV.
Most contemporary businesses need employees possessing intercultural competencies gained in today’s multi-cultural world.
An internship abroad will improve your ability to consider matters from an innovative and different perspective.
Internship abroad – a golden opportunity!
If you do your internship abroad you will get an insight into how a foreign business organisation operates and become part of another country’s culture. You will achieve language and intercultural competencies that you will never forget.
At the same time, you will also get a unique chance to create networks – very early on in your career – that are likely to come in handy in the future while expanding your knowledge of different businesses. An internship abroad will no doubt improve your career opportunities in Denmark and internationally.
You should know that it is your responsibility to find an internship host company. However, the International Coordinator at the International Office at your address is ready to offer advice and guidance on visa rules, grants applications, deadlines and much more.
Study abroad – expand your horizons
If you chose to go abroad you are seizing an opportunity to live and study with students from all over the world allowing you to expand your horizons and form international networks. At the same time you can live in and explore a foreign culture.
We arrange introduction programmes, parties, intro trips, company visits, study trips and much more
Active study environment
As a student on the Export and Technology Management degree programme you are part of our active study environment.
This means that we arrange introduction programmes, parties, intro trips, company visits, study trips etc.
Interplay between disciplines
One of the characteristics of the Export and Technology Management programme is the interplay between the technical and commercial approaches.
This means that before noon you may be working on technical solutions and in the afternoon you may be working on how to sell these solutions.
Thus the Export and Technology Management programme offers you a study environment that provides a varied and extensive basis socially as well as disciplinarily.
Each class on the Export and Technology Management programme has a class representative and a deputy representative who meet approximately once a month with the programme director, a lecturer representative and the study advisor to discuss daily life on the programme.
Each class sends in topics for discussion for the agenda and this is their chance to directly influence, change, affect and develop the programme and the institution in different ways.
As an Export and Technology Manager you can work at different levels in companies around the world. Your job titles could be:
|Buyer||Export manager||Purchasing manager|
|Export consultant||Product consultant||Product manager|
There is a world of opportunities and only your imagination, ambition and talent sets the limits.