Egbal Aslami

Degree: MSc International Innovation (Design)

Current MSc International Innovation (Design) student Egbal Aslami from the Netherlands gives his views on the course and life at Lancaster and explains why he thinks the MSc is "an experience of a lifetime."

Why did you apply for the MSc International Innovation?

"The MSc International Innovation would be an experience of a life time. I want to make the best out of my time studying and this programme gave me the opportunity to do so by studying abroad, which I would not have been able to do without the bursary. It is not only about studying abroad, but also about exploring the world- both by meeting students all over the world, and through the company project in China itself."

Company Project/s you are working on and what you’ve done so far

"I’ve not started with the company project yet, but there is one company I am quite interested in. It is a small company which gives me the opportunity to define my own project. This enables me to explore my interest in the business area besides my interest in design."

Had you worked with a business before starting the course?

"Not really. I have done some projects though in which we were working closely with different clients."

Can you describe what it’s like studying at Lancaster University ?

"This involves two aspects. First, the different support facilities which help all students to make the best out of studying at Lancaster. This is very comforting to me. Second, I would like to emphasize the student accommodation on campus: it has everything, even a daily cleaner!"

What do you think of the course so far?

"Although the first term was less purely academic and focussed less on my specific pathway than I expected, it’s been interesting as it has broadened my knowledge of other disciplines (computer science, environmental science, engineering, entrepreneurship) and the further challenges working with people from different cultures."

Would you recommend the course to other students? If so why?

"I would say that the MSc II is more practical than purely academic course, and it is an excellent program for people who aspire a future in the business world. Moreover, the whole course and especially the trip to China is something unique which will boost your CV."

What is the best thing about being on the MSc International Innovation so far?

"The cultural diversity and the fact that we learn Chinese."

What career do you hope to pursue at the end of the course and how do you think the course will help you achieve that?

"The global scope of this program enables me to become a design manager and help businesses explore unknown markets and therefor grow their business."