PhD at Aarhus University

PhD at Aarhus University

November 6, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


To do a PhD at Aarhus University requires a great deal of trustworthiness and determination – – and being willing to collaborate and cooperate – – and think about yourself as part of a group
and not as an individual. Hi, my name is Liviu. I’m a PhD student
at Aarhus University – – at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. I graduated medical school in Romania, and I applied for a position in a Marie Curie network. And Aarhus University’s reputation as one of the leading universities in the world – – really tipped the balance for me
and made me choose to come here. Living in Denmark is absolutely fabulous. Danish people are really kind and fun. We call them
the ‘Southerners of Scandinavia’. Hi, My name is Angela Herengt. I’m a PhD student in biomedicine at Aarhus University. There’s a lot of events organised
by the PhD students for the PhD students – – where we can get together
and learn to present our data – – improve how we read and analyse articles – – and we also have events where we invite some really good researchers, Danish and international – – and we can meet and learn how to network. In my PhD project, I’m studying how companies build trust and improve their collaboration – – specifically within the construction industry. My name is Jim Pedersen. I’m a PhD student at Aarhus University at the Department of Management. And I’m affiliated with the marketing section doing research in the business-to-business field. First of all, a PhD is for everyone. I never wanted to be a PhD student. I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. And I always saw academics as
narrow-minded and nerdy people. But I have now realised that this could not be further from the truth. The nerdy part is very important in order to produce rigorous research. And researchers aren’t narrow-minded. They actually care about solving real-world problems for companies and society in general. And this is clearly the number one
requirement to do a PhD. You have to want to make an impact. Being a PhD student at Aarhus University is
really an amazing experience. There is no hierarchy among academics – – and there is really a very good work-life balance here, which I really appreciate as a PhD student. My name is Banu Saatci. I’m from Istanbul, Turkey – – and I’m a PhD student at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University. Like many other PhD students, I also had so many doubts and worries – – about how expensive it would be to live in Denmark. But then you come here, and you notice that PhD research is considered real work – – and your living standard is
much higher than you could get- – in any other international well-known
institution around the world. I’m living in a brand-new building in an apartment with the latest technology, actually – – it’s very well insulated. And if you compare with life, even in the US, at a very good, well-known university with the best salary – – you might not find that kind of very high quality, comfortable apartment, I would say. Apart from being a full-time PhD student, I’ve also been a zumba instructor for three years. I have an amazing experience in Aarhus with zumba – – because I am able to teach at Aarhus University’s staff gym – – where I meet amazing PhD students, professors, postdocs and other academics. In another PhD environment, maybe I wouldn’t have time for this – – but at Aarhus University, you always have time for yourself to engage in any kind of hobby you like.