Hoe laat je zien dat een programma altijd werkt? Hoe zorg je voor veilig betalingsverkeer? Hoe gebruik je supercomputers om de data van MRI-scans om te zetten in helder beeld?
Informatica (Computing Science) wordt overal toegepast: in het
internet, in games en in uiteenlopende apparaten en machines.
Informatica houdt zich bezig met het ontwikkelen en verbeteren van
computersystemen; zowel nieuwe als bestaande.
Het leuke aan de opleiding Informatica is dat je de kennis die je opdoet direct gebruikt. Bijvoorbeeld om een handig programmaatje te maken. Je leert programmeren op niveau, in meerdere talen. Toch maakt programmeren maar een kwart van je studie uit. Je bent ook veel bezig met schrijven, analyseren, samenwerken en presenteren. Daarnaast is het belangrijk dat je je leert inleven in mensen: kunnen zij werken met wat jij maakt?
Informatica in Groningen is een internationale bachelor: je krijgt onderwijs in het Engels en je studiegenoten en docenten komen uit binnen- en buitenland. Waarom? Het bedrijfsleven en je toekomstige werkgebied zijn internationaal georiënteerd. Netwerken en nieuwe toepassingen worden wereldwijd opgezet en gedeeld. ICT-toepassingen blijven niet binnen de landsgrenzen. En wie weet ga je zelf in het buitenland werken.
Na deze bachelor kun je kiezen voor de tweejarige master Computing Science en je verder specialiseren.
A new perspective on the programme
What I like most about Computing Science is its versatility. I find it very interesting that it's able to associate itself with other fields, like Mathematics and Physics. I enjoyed all the courses I have had so far, but I particularly liked “Program Correctness”. This course really gave me a new perspective on the programme.
I think studying here is quite different from what I was used to
in Romania. During high-school, we were always reminded of what we
have to do, whereas here all the responsibility falls only on your
I decided to stay in “The Student Hotel” for my first year. Living in a place full of students, all coming from different places, really offers you the opportunity to form new bonds and friendships!
Being around other students wherever you go makes it easier to feel at home, and to stay motivated to study hard
“I studied Psychology in Spain, where I'm from, but it proved to be very difficult to find a job in this economic climate. I've always wanted to study abroad, and decided to take my chances. I chose Computing Science as it combines science and engineering, but also because there are a lot of great career opportunities in this field. I have to think about my future, you know.
The University of Groningen is a top 100 university with a great employability rating , and all the information I found on the city and Dutch culture really appealed to me. In Spain, the university atmosphere is quite laid-back and I missed learning in a motivating environment. Back home, students don't take the first year particularly serious, but here people are really pushing for top marks. Groningen is a university city, and being around other students wherever you go makes it easier to feel at home, and to stay motivated to study hard.
I had done some scientific research when I studied Psychology in Málaga and hoped to find a similar opportunity in Groningen. Computing Science makes you think in an analytical, logical way, and although it's tough, I really enjoy it. I have worked hard, and got into the Honours College, a group consisting of the top 10% of students. We are allowed to take extra classes, both in and outside of the faculty, and are invited to do research. I guess the Dutch mentality of trying to get the most out of your studies rubbed off on me.
I really enjoy the student life here. Classes are focused on practice and examples rather than the dry theory, and the lecturers know how to share their knowledge in a concise, focused way. They all speak English well, which is great, but I would probably advise prospect students to learn a little bit of Dutch too. Although everyone speaks English in the Netherlands, it can be difficult to find a part-time job if you have no knowledge of Dutch.
Fortunately, Dutch people are very direct, and it is easy to make friends. There is so much to do and see in Groningen: I spend my afternoons in the park, or go to one of the many activities hosted by the international students. You hear the most amazing stories: I have met more interesting people from all over the world in these six months than I have in my entire life.
I started as a student, now I'm a project leader
'During my first year I got a job with Manter, a machinery automation company. I was involved in testing new applications.
This helped me get a better grasp of the subject matter and gave me plenty of practical experience and self-assurance, resulting in a job as a project leader as soon as I completed my studies. The projects I work on involve new software systems. Some days I’ll be training end-users, others I’ll design new features, while other days will be all meetings or we’ll spend the whole day testing and fixing bugs.
If I had to choose today, I would do Computing Science again. The demand for software developers continues to grow. I’d also choose to study in Groningen again. My friends studied in other cities, but we all agree: Groningen is the number 1 student city!’
Avdo Hanjalic, software engineer/architect bij Manter B.V