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Casper Hesp

Casper Hesp
Casper Hesp

Talent and Excellence

‘I like doing research in areas where we are pushing back the boundaries of our theoretical understanding. Astronomy and psychology give me this opportunity. The analytical and structured approach to astronomy has proved to be a valuable asset when studying the dynamic interactions of systems in psychology. Take the psychological development of a child, for instance. This is determined by a combination of birth and environmental factors: environment, culture, upbringing. These factors are also relevant when studying and analysing the development of new and existing galaxies. In astronomy, the nursery (Big Bang) is nature or the cosmos, and collisions between existing galaxies are one of the environmental factors.’

Own learning path

Hesp made a conscious decision to study at the University of Groningen. He had heard that students taking a double degree programme in Groningen are given all the help and support they need to manage their own learning paths. Wherever possible, allowances are made in the timetabling, teaching and research projects. Hesp: ‘This flexibility allows me to concentrate on developing and applying my academic skills. The second thing that sets this University apart is the focus on internationalization. It gives students access to an international range of postgraduate course units and a link to the international job market. I see my own future in science or, strange as this may sound, consultancy. The expertise that astronomers acquire working with computer models and large data sets is in great demand in the financial sector. Having said this, learning to think outside the box and take the initiative are also important aspects of a degree programme. You need these skills in any future career, whether working for yourself or for an employer.’

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