The European Union Needs Engineers from Abroad

Professions related to the IT industry have been the most popular in Europe for many years. Foreign experts in this field could easily get a working visa to the European Union countries and count on a decent salary.

Recently, the European Union has also increased demand for specialists in such sectors as transport and logistics, sales, metalworking, power engineering, electrical engineering and construction, machine and automobile manufacture.

In particular, the shortage of domestic labour resources is felt in Germany, where, in connection with the growth of the economy, it is planned to create 600 thousand additional work places. Meanwhile, the attraction of workers from EU countries who do not need special work permits does not solve the problem. Due to emerging of the Eurozone countries from the crisis, the outflow of specialists to their homeland may increase.

At a press conference on 3 January, the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency Detlef Scheele stated that German companies and enterprises could not do without labour migrants from India, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. At the same time, foreign experts are guaranteed to have formal employment, high wages and a residence permit.

It should be noted that engineering programmes do not enjoy great popularity among the entrants from countries of the former USSR. Graduates of schools give preference to areas such as management, economics, law, marketing, etc., and this is understandable. The salaries of engineers cannot be compared with the salaries of top managers, attorneys and marketers.

In Europe, on the contrary, the engineer is a prestigious and well-paid profession. Therefore, graduates from other countries can expand the boundaries of job search and draw attention to the proposals coming from abroad. Unfortunately, young specialists will have to go through a difficult process of certification of their diplomas.

Prospective students who wish to become engineers and only choose the right place to study have more advantages. They can immediately enrol in a European university and afterwards be easily employed with the largest organizations and corporations. At this point, a tuition fee question inevitably arises. In the majority of European universities, only a study-for-fee form of education is available to foreigners (we do not consider grants available to the few). Is there a chance for a foreign entrant to get a European education of high quality at an affordable price?

The Faculty of Industrial Engineering (FINI) in Novo Mesto, Slovenia is ideally suited for the above criteria. It is a faculty of regional and national importance in the development of products and technologies, quality, engineering work in all industries with an emphasis on the automotive industry. The Faculty implements the “Engineering and Transport” study programme for the Bachelor’s (3 years) and Master’s (2 years) degrees.

The peculiarity of FINI is that it was created specifically to eliminate the deficit in the engineering and technical personnel in Slovenia. Therefore, the Faculty primarily aims at implementing the innovative study programmes that meet the needs and demand of the European Economy’s engineering sector. Its task is to prepare specialists who can develop new technologies, provide high quality engineering work. The Faculty’s name has become a mark of quality, so its graduates can be easily employed with the largest organizations across Europe.

University students coming from abroad often face the fact that the engineering programmes do not change from year to year and contain outdated and irrelevant conjecture. As a result, young specialists are trained with an impressive theoretical base, which is not used in practice. The FINI’s academic programme in this regard is unique. It is constantly improved based on the latest research results and the emergence of the latest developments.

The study programmes of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering include innovative teaching methods, combining theory and practice. Students are trained on the contemporary literature and apply their knowledge in practice within the laboratories fitted with the state of the art equipment.

During training, the future professionals acquire knowledge in the field of automotive industry, manufacturing, technology development, technical services, information and communication technology, commercial and property rights, and marketing. Students get acquainted with the technical properties of materials and products, learn to communicate with suppliers, customers, and competitors. The training is aimed at ensuring high quality and creative freedom of students. The Faculty teachers are the known professors, industry experts and researchers.

Research activity is the key priority of the Faculty. Students not only study the results of the works of scientists in the field of engineering, but also contribute to the development of science. They are actively involved in the research and development works, in various international projects, and in the international scientific conferences.

Another “headache” of students coming from countries outside the EU is to find a place for practice. The FINI students do not face this problem. During their studies, they have practice at local companies. Since the automotive industry is the core subject at the Faculty, the majority of students are interned at the Renault Company, which has signed an agreement with the Faculty and which further employs the majority of its graduates.

Another significant advantage of the Faculty is a residence permit that can be obtained for study purposes. It remains valid for six months after graduation. This means that young professionals have enough time and ability to find a job in Slovenia or in any other EU country.

We have mentioned many times that low prices are one of the major advantages of studying in Slovenia. Thus, tuition fee for the FINI’s “Engineering and Transport” Bachelor’s degree study programme is 2,590 EUR per year. The Master’s degree programme costs 3,900 EUR per year. For comparison, a similar study programme in the University of Twente in the Netherlands will cost approximately 10,500 EUR per year, in the Swedish Linköping University you will have to pay 13,000 EUR per year, and in the Teesside University in the UK, the fee will reach 10,750 GBR per year. At the same time, the quality of education in FINI is not inferior to the leading European universities and fully complies with the principles of education established by the Bologna Declaration.

As you can see, the Faculty of Industrial Engineering in Novo Mesto is an excellent option for those students who are planning to become engineers and would like to have a successful career abroad.

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