Ask Siwat questions about KTH and read more about his decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and his plans for the future.
Hej! My name Siwat Suewatanakul, but my friends usually call me Boon. I come from Bangkok, Thailand, and I am 23 years old. I graduated with a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from Chulalongkorn University in my home country. Currently, I am in the aerospace engineering master's programme at KTH. I am passionate about music, and I like to play the guitar and go to concerts. I also enjoy cooking, photography, and travelling.
What made you choose KTH and Stockholm, Sweden?
KTH is one of the top-ranked universities in Europe and in the world. It offers a variety of master’s programmes, including aerospace engineering, where I can broaden my perspective and experience not only in academics, but also in life aspects. The aerospace engineering programme at KTH is divided into four tracks: aeronautics, space, lightweight structures, and systems. In addition, students are able to pursue other interests in each of the tracks.
Stockholm has an exceptionally high quality of life and is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. There are plenty of parks and green areas in the heart of the city that are accessible for everybody.
What do you like most about KTH?
KTH provides a suitable environment for studying. It is well equipped with appropriate and modern facilities. In terms of diversity and internationality, there are lots of student coming from all around the world each year. I enjoy meeting new people from both similar and different backgrounds and listening to their perspectives. Being a KTH student has already broadened my experience.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Stockholm has its own uniqueness and beauty. There are a lot of nice photography spots around the city. Stockholm is lively in its own simple way. I am sure that you will find perfect activities that will match your interests. Another first impression is that everybody in Stockholm is able to communicate in English. You will eventually make it through despite the fact that you do not know any Swedish. The public transportation in Stockholm is extremely efficient and reliable. Getting around the city is simple; you only need one card for public transportation. However, there is still so much more for me to explore in Stockholm and Sweden. I will let you guys experience it yourselves.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
The THS international reception is a perfect way to start exploring KTH and Stockholm before the semester begins. There are numerous activities organised by current students where I met a lot of nice and interesting people. This is the best way to get around the city, especially when you are new to Stockholm, and it acquaints you with attractions, museums, photography spots, pubs, and IKEA.
In academic aspects, KTH values diversity and group collaboration. Students are divided into multi-cultural teams that are based on skills and proficiency. The first project that I had at KTH was a water bottle rocket competition. We had to design and build a rocket and predict the range of the rocket. I barely knew anyone in the class at that time, but this project was the best way to start making new friends in the class, to share experiences, and, most importantly, to learn from them.
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
The system at KTH is very different from that of my home university. At KTH, there are two semesters each year, and each semester is divided into two periods. Therefore, the workload is spread out over the semester and we can focus on only a few courses during each period. In my opinion, this type of system results in the effectiveness and continuity of the learning process. In addition, the week before the examination during each period is called the exam-preparation period. No classes are held during this time, which allows students to study before the examination. Furthermore, there is also a re-examination period.
Moreover, the relations between students and teachers are quite close. We do not have to address the teachers by their full name, just their first name. Moreover, teachers are open to any discussion that might or might not be related to the lecture, and this enhances students’ learning experiences. In terms of group work during the semester, students are assigned to several different projects in which they learn how to communicate and use their experiences and skills to collaborate with multi-cultural teammates.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies?
KTH provides broad master's degree programmes that allow students to specialise in their chosen field. KTH equips students with knowledge, skills, and professionalism in order to create quality workers who will contribute to industry. Apart from the academic aspect, you will be able to enjoy and explore Sweden and Europe during your study as well.
What do you see as the most significant aspects of your programme?
As I mentioned, students are able to specialise in one of the four tracks. Each track provides even further knowledge and inspires students to learn more. Moreover, the programme also has strong connections with industry, and this provides a lot of opportunity for students to get hands-on experience related to the field.
Are you taking part in any student activities?
I am considering being a part of THS MAIN, which organises events for students during the semester. I will be able to have fun and meet new people from different backgrounds. There are also many other interesting activities, for example, Hyperloop and the Formula team.
Do you have a dream job after graduating from KTH?
After I complete my master's degree, I plan to start work on my PhD, after which I hope to work in the research and development department of an international aerospace company. I aim to contribute to the field and make the world a better place.