Eduard Partenie

Romania, Renewable Energy Sources

Romania, Renewable Energy Sources

Eduard is in his 1st year studying BSc (Hons) Renewable Energy Sources. Take a look to see what he has to say about his USW experience so far:

Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
There are not many institutions in the UK offering a programme in Renewable Energy, and University of South Wales was one of the very few. The admission process was very friendly and easy to follow, the university also offered a Foundation Year programme, the information on the university website was very useful and comprehensive and all these factors contributed to my decision to choose The University of South Wales. I’ve also heard about the very good student services, and coming here to study, I realised that this is indeed true.

What do you think about the course you are studying?
The generation of renewable/clean energy is one of the most important topics on today’s and future agendas of each country. I’m learning about different energy sources and systems, the principles of how they function and the technical aspects. What I think that is more important is the fact that the course helps you understand how to compare the various technologies, how to differentiate between them and how to choose the best options for a specific area, a specific demand, etc. The laboratories are available for us and there is the possibility to analyse different concepts in depth or to build and test different devices. The course will also offer the opportunity to get involved in researching new methods of producing energy and new applications of the existing methods and I’m very confident that I will be able to work in research after graduation, which is the type of career I want for myself.

Has your learning experience at South Wales been positive?
I’m very pleased to say that the university has a very friendly and supportive staff. There wasn’t any question or request I had for which I didn’t receive full support from teachers or other staff members. The facilities are also very good and I could say that Treforest is a wonderful campus, with plenty of opportunities for learning and also socializing with colleagues.

What do you think of the leisure facilities, like the Students’ Union and Sports Centre? Do you use them much?
Leisure facilities at the University of South Wales are great. So far, I’ve been using the facilities for many reasons, from interacting with the colleagues, playing chess, spending one or two hours between classes, having fun, having a nice lunch or a cup of coffee. I really enjoy the Student’s Union and the canteen, and all this time I could see that the university has invested a lot in the facilities in order to provide students with a great on-campus experience. I went to the sports centre a few times, because it is so well equipped.

Could you describe your time at University of South Wales.
Amazing experience with wonderful people and lots of fun!