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Meet Harshit from the Alexandra Institute

Harshit Mahapatr. Photo: private

Harshit Mahapatra, 25 years from India
Software developer at the Alexandra Institute
Master in Computer Science from Aarhus University, 2020.


­I always wanted to study abroad and was exploring possible options. During my bachelor’s I was selected for an internship at Aalto University in Finland. I had a really nice experience, and decided to come to Europe for my master’s. I applied to 6 universities across Europe. Aarhus University was the first to respond with a scholarship offer, which I accepted. The Aarhus University international office was very helpful throughout the process, and even though later I received scholarship offers from other universities I was pretty happy with my choice and decided to stick with it.

My experience at Aarhus University has been amazing. I really liked the informal academic atmosphere as well as openness towards new ideas and projects. The courses I took had a nice balance between theory and practice. The professors were very helpful and approachable. I also liked the presentation based oral examination as I felt it gave me a better opportunity to showcase my learnings. Student projects were a constant during my studies, and I was fortunate enough to contribute to quite a few of them during my 2 years of study.

I was also pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to approach Danish companies in Aarhus with student project ideas, and how open and eager they were to  collaborate. As part of one of my courses, I did a project for the Alexandra Institute, which ultimately led to me being offered a student job. The student job, along with my projects, helped me gain valuable skills and experience.

When I graduated, I wanted to stay in Aarhus, and I got a position as research assistant at the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University while continuing to closely collaborate with the Alexandra Institute. Ultimately, I was offered a position as software developer at the Alexandra Institute, which I accepted. Now, I work as a software developer with a focus on health IT.  My job requires a range of technical skills, which I learned or improved as a result of my studies at Aarhus University.Working in Denmark is great, and I am pleasantly surprised by the lack of rigid hierarchy and the openness to new ideas.

I am excited for the future and what it will bring. I had little free time during my studies due to the coursework and my student job. I now have some free time and have invested some of it in learning Danish, which I hope to be able to speak by next year. I also hope that I get the opportunity to meet and make more friends once the corona restrictions are over. On the professional side, I hope to learn new technologies and work on exciting projects.

My experience at Aarhus University has been amazing. I really liked the informal academic atmosphere as well as openness towards new ideas and projects. The courses I took had a nice balance between theory and practice, and the professors were very helpful and approachable.

- Harshit Mahapatra