Interview with Munyaradzi Magundani – University of Copenhagen

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Interview with Munyaradzi Magundani

We have talked to Munyaradzi Magundani from Zimbabwe who studies for his MSc in Agricultural Development

A flat hierarchy, good interaction between students and lecturers and a friendly and conducive learning environment are among the things highlighted by Munyaradzi from Zimbabwe, who is now halfway through his studies and only has left to write his thesis. We asked him a few questions about his studies, SCIENCE and Copenhagen.

Why did you choose to study Agricultural Development in Copenhagen?

I chose to study Agricultural development in Copenhagen because of the quality of education they offer, the reputation of the country on global platforms as a country with clean cities. I chose to come to Copenhagen because I wanted to experience a different culture and learn one of the world’s most difficult languages.

What do you think of the programme so far?

The good thing about the programme is that the interaction between students and the lecturers is very high. The flat hierarchy in the class makes learning more enjoyable because you can air your views without reservation.
The programme offers some practical experience, for instance through the Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management course (SLUSE). It is a programme with an interdisciplinary approach where you team up with a group of fellow students with diverse backgrounds and carry out a research study in a developing country for 2 weeks. SLUSE offers contact experience in development work with farmers.

What do you think of the faculty/university and the facilities?

The faculty staff are willing to go an extra mile to help students in their studies. The meetings that are held in the faculty offer great insights on how to tackle the challenges that students might be encountering. The faculty occasionally holds Agricultural Development Cafe’s whereby PhD and former master students pitch about their endeavours and field work and their experiences are quite motivating. The facilities offered by the University make the learning environment friendly and conducive.

What do you think of Copenhagen?

Copenhagen is a beautiful city with a lot of touristic attractions and places. The city has a top-class transport network system that makes it easy to travel around. Besides being a clean city, it is safe to move around. There are a lot of sporting activities and exhibitions that the city offers, and you have great opportunities to meet and network with people of different backgrounds. Copenhagen is an expensive city to live in as a student; the prices of goods and services are pretty high.

How is your life as an international student in Copenhagen?

I live a great life as an international student. I participate in sporting activities and different workshops and seminars. I try to network with different people. At times life can be very lonely since I am far away from my family and friends in Zimbabwe. I am learning the Danish language as a way to make integration in the community a bit easier.

What are your plans for your future career?

My plan is to stay in Denmark and hopefully find a job in an NGO involved in Development work. If I don’t find a job, I hope to pursue my studies further by doing a PhD here in Denmark if the opportunity arises.

Would you recommend this programme to others?

I would definitely recommend the programme to others but if they hope to stay in Denmark, they need to be aware that the opportunities of landing a job here are not as good as they have been because of the cut down in Development work.