Christina Kothes is one of our first students who participated in the online MSc programme in Plant Breeding and has agreed to share her story with us. She started the programme in September of 2015. She is 34 years old and lives on her parent’s dairy farm in Viersen, Germany. In 2015 she graduated and obtained a BSc degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Studying online enables her to combine work and study, which was an important reason for her to choose this new online programme at Wageningen University.
What kind of work do you do next to studying at Wageningen University?
“Since 2002 I am working as a research technician for EURALIS Saaten GmbH in Nordersteadt, near Hamburg. I am based in Geldern, where one of the ten research stations of EURALIS in Europe is situated. EURALIS breeds, tests and distributes seed varieties of corn, rapeseed, sunflower, soybean and sorghum in Central Europe. They allowed me to work part time during my Bachelor degree, and are also cooperating with me during this Master of Science programme.”
Why did you choose Wageningen University for your Master of Science?
“I have a huge interest in Plant Sciences and therefore participated in the summer school “Green Genetics” which was organized by Wageningen University back in 2012. I really enjoyed the week of theoretical and practical trainings. About a year ago, I read on the internet about the online Master specialisation in Plant Breeding, and I was immediately interested. Wageningen University is one of the world’s leading universities for Agriculture and Plant Sciences, and therefore seemed like a good choice for me.”
Since September 2015 you are following the online Master programme. What are your first impressions of the programme?
“I am really happy to get the opportunity of studying at Wageningen University and also to have a multicultural environment within the group of my fellow students. I believe that the programme offers an excellent opportunity to combine life-long learning and work, and I am glad that I have found this programme. Distance learning and studying online is a way of really profiting from today’s modern learning environments and really utilizes the opportunities that technology provides us with.”
What are your plans for the future?
“By following this programme, I am hoping that I can keep on developing my knowledge in Plant Breeding and through that move on to a job in the Research and Development Department of EURALIS. There, I would like to become a maize breeder.”