New Introduction for Fellows in Denmark
More electronic information and less mouth to ear! That is the trend at Danida Fellowship Centre where new fellows now are acquainted with Denmark and the various places of study in a different manner.
By Lene Mosegaard, counsellor at DFC
DFC fellows are gradually becoming more conversant with IT. Therefore DFC is changing its information to be more electronic and less oral.
As a result we have also decided to change our procedures for welcoming new DFC fellows.
Places of study host the welcome introduction
In the beginning of 2011, we began to outsource the welcome introduction to fellows on the shorter courses to the various places of study.
Previously DFC took care of the introduction in the morning and in the afternoon the fellows were accompanied to the places of study.
Now the new fellows and a DFC junior staff will go directly from their lodgings to the places of study where the teaching takes place. Here the course coordinator together with the DFC staff will make the introduction.
Films and DFC Socializer
During the introduction the new fellows will watch the DFC film on Danish culture with comments and experiences from former fellows (link) – and a film on health and the Danish health care system.
At the same time they will get acquainted with the DFC Socializer, a social network for DFC fellows. Here they have the possibility of reading the Fellowship Post with information about the cultural and social activities which DFC is offering during their stay in Denmark (link).
Meet an MP and visit a school
DFC continues to offer debate evenings on ‘Danish Family Life’ and ‘Danish Democracy’ among other Danish members of parliament as lecturers. Furthermore, all fellows on shorter courses will pay a visit to a Danish primary school.
These elements of the program have not changed because they are vital to secure the very best outcome of the fellows’ stay in Denmark and their understanding of Danish culture. It is also seen as an important part of the ‘Public Diplomacy’ objective of the stay in Denmark.
More emphasis on introduction of master students
In the beginning of September, DFC hosted a one-day orientation course for all new Master students and researchers staying more than 3 months in Denmark.
Researchers staying in Denmark less than 3 months will watch the DFC films, and be informed about the social network and the cultural and social activities, as described above.
We have chosen to prioritize the introduction of Master students and long term researchers because experience shows that they to a larger extent are able to make use of a thorough introduction to each other and to the Danish society. During their stay this will be of great importance to their personal wellbeing.