Ruben Lubben (22) is enrolled in the Telematics master's programme at the University of Twente. One year ago, he completed the Computer Science HBO programme at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. He felt the transition from HBO to university was a good challenge. "To be admitted in Twente, I first had to complete a transfer programme.
It came down to me taking up a lot of mathematics. Which was fair, I only took two mathematics courses in four years of HBO. It was quite a change for me; the pace was much higher and I was assumed to have a lot of prior knowledge. It did help me greatly. I was admitted to the master's programme in February 2013. The transition was tough, but thankfully I improved my level of mathematics greatly, which is the foundation of the programme. I'm doing well now, but it still takes some getting used to. As a HBO student, when you see a problem you solve it and you're done. That is my nature as well; I'm more practical. University education really is different: you will first find out what the problem really is, which solutions you can come up with and why you'd choose one and not the other. You delve deeper into the subject. I can appreciate it now. You learn to broaden your view, have a more critical eye and see more options. All things considered, I'm happy I chose this programme."