It all starts with the students

Our approximately 13,000 full-time students are the foundation of our enterprise. Education and research go hand in hand in everything we do and they both strengthen and reinvigorate each other.

The Higher Education Act has the following impact on the students:

“Students should have the right to have a say in their education at universities. Universities should endeavour to enable students to play an active part in work to further develop courses.”

Students are, to the very highest degree, active participants in further developing the quality of education. To help ensure this is possible on a daily basis, students are represented on a number of different, preparatory and decision-making organs.

The students’ union, THS, puts forward many proposals and it is inspiring that our enterprise is constantly being viewed through fresh eyes. The fact that the students’ union representatives are replaced on an annual basis can sometimes make things a bit more difficult as we are always having to start again, as it were. On the other hand, it means we have to be more on our toes as new ideas then frequently arrive. And that’s definitely a good thing.

I am always just as delighted when a student approaches me to talk. Even though it is difficult to find enough time for personal/individual contact with students as KTH grows, I appreciate these moments. KTH is structured to ensure that each student is always in close contact with their teachers, programme director, director of first and second cycle education and not least, the study advice service, which is a place where students can discuss and be offered support on education issues. Sometimes, individual students can find it hard to navigate their way around KTH as it is so large. In this case, it is important to bear in mind that you can seek advice close to where you study, such as by contacting the school’s offices and their personnel.

It’s impressive that some students choose to become involved in the students’ union and in the guilds alongside their studies at KTH. I think this kind of involvement is of great importance in terms of how course programmes at KTH continue to be developed and maintain a consistently high quality. It is also shown in the new QS Rankings that a degree from KTH is highly valuable on the global labor market.

The perspective of how it is to be a student today, how today’s employers think, and new ideas on the development of our programmes is not simply vitalising – it is vital for the entire future development of KTH as a university.