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Studying Integrated Product Design at KTH

Class during pre-covid era

Brainstorming futuristic ideas, discussing what would be a winning business plan for a company, heated debates about what is the best way to create and manage innovations, creating ideas, and testing them out. Well, this is how my every day looks like for the past one and half years at KTH.

Brainstorming futuristic ideas, discussing what would be a winning business plan for a company, heated debates about what is the best way to create and manage innovations, creating ideas, and testing them out. Well, this is how my every day looks like for the past one and half years at KTH.

Integrated product design (Product development and Innovation Management) is a two-year Master’s Program at the ITM School. I chose this program because I wanted to pursue a career that has blended elements of both engineering and management.

It has been an exciting period for a year and over. The program has courses that are related to engineering such as engineering design, system engineering, research methodology while management subjects such as innovation and product development, Managing R&D, Innovation management are an integral part of the program. A course called modularisation was handled by a company called Modular Management bringing in more than just academic insights.

The best thing about IPDM is that majority of the courses are not exam-based but project-based. We collaborate with industries during these courses that bring in industrial perspective in parallel to the academic knowledge. I have worked with companies such as Xylem, Husqvarna, and few others, allowing me to experientially learn the concepts taught in the lectures. The majority of the projects are run in groups which adds more fun to the learning element.

The inspiring part of IPDE is that most of the projects go on to be incubated at the KTH Innovation and grow into companies of its own. Startups such as Ellure lipsticks, Lokatt helmets, Stage Cast, Cargo, and many more are doing wonderfully well.

This week there was a webinar that introduced students to the ITM school. You can read more about the school here.

Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.

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