As a lecturer in textile design, Connie Væver works in a specialised field where student exchanges are not very common. However when the opportunity arose to go abroad, she discovered very welcoming colleagues who were keen to exchange ideas and share knowledge. ‘By taking the opportunity to go abroad, I have found a new group of colleagues who inspire me.’
On her first visit to the Netherlands, it was clear that a great deal was similar but much was different. For her ‘it was interesting to see the different ways of giving feedback to students, compared to the approach used in Denmark.’ The time spent in the Netherlands gave her inspiration and ideas for her own students and helped her ‘to set up international classes’. It also provided her with a better understanding of what her students experience when they are on an exchange programme.
Her experiences have also motivated her to send more students abroad, particularly to work in companies specialising in design. This enables ‘students from a small country to see the bigger picture, strengthens their curriculum vitae and makes them more attractive to employers.’ She would like all her students to take the opportunity to go abroad as they return from exchange programmes ‘different people who are more dedicated, more involved and often have new ideas and approaches.’
VIA University College, Denmark (VIA University College, Danmark)
Lecturer in textile design