As an Erasmus programmes, IMFSE gives all students in the first and third semester the opportunity to choice between going either to Edinburgh or to Gent. As I spent the first semester in Edinburgh, I wanted to visit Gent as well and get benefit from the attractive courses available there.
I found Gent as an amazing city that has many distinguished features. The old city centre has a number of stunning buildings including some old cathedrals and the municipality. Besides that, good connections are available inside the city by trams and buses. Also, the city has a big central train station that connects the city with other parts of the country.
What adds more distinguished features into the city, is the University of Ghent that has a very good location inside the city. It locates on a high hill next to the city centre and is distributed over many buildings in this area and in other parts of the city.
During the semester in Gent we had 6 courses. Each of them forms an essential part of fire safety engineering. From Active and Passive Protection to Performance Based Design, without forgetting Fire Safety Legislation and Explosions & Industrial Fire Safety, all are very important for fire protection engineers who need to have the state-of-the-art knowledge in fire safety science.
The courses are taught by the best academic professors besides people from industry. A number of companies’ visits were organized in many courses to make us understand more about theory. The visits to the companies are both beneficial and enjoyable.
As I spent the third semester there, I would recommend it to other students who are confused by their choices. However, I also heard from student in Edinburgh that it is also recommended. That is IMFSE which is always at the expectation and satisfies everybody with his/her choice.