Christina Kothes lives a busy live. It is important to her to join a study while she continues working. Therefore she choose the online master's Plant Breeding at Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
What are your first impressions of the programme?
“I am really happy to get the opportunity of studying at WUR 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 kind of work do you do next to studying at Wageningen University & Research?
“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.”
In 2015 you graduated and obtained a BSc degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Why did you choose Wageningen University & Research 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 the 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's specialisation in Plant Breeding, and I was immediately interested. Wageningen University & Research is one of the world’s leading universities for Agriculture and Plant Sciences, and therefore seemed like a good choice for me.”
During the programme students will visit Wageningen twice for practical weeks. How was your experience?
''On the first day of the practical weeks, I had the opportunity to meet my fellow students for the first time in real life. Though we constantly interact online through the discussion forum, and occasionally through Skype, during the ‘Wageningen Weeks’, I got to know all the persons behind the computer screen and truly connect with them.''
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.”