Dina Faraj

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Hi, My name is Dina and I’m 22 years old. I finished my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering here at KTH last spring, and I am now pursuing my master’s degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics. After I graduated high school in Gothenburg, I began studying a technical preparatory year at Chalmers, and all I could dream about was getting accepted to KTH. Luckily I did, so I moved to Stockholm in 2016. My parents are originally from Kurdistan, Iraq, but emigrated to Sweden when I was 1 year old. My favourite hobbies are travelling and cooking.

What made you choose KTH?

KTH is the oldest and largest technical university in Sweden, and it is considered the best one in Sweden. I love the location of KTH. The university is situated in central Stockholm close to hundreds of great restaurants.

Being from Gothenburg, I always wanted to live in the capital. Stockholm is the Silicon Valley of Europe and offers the most amazing jobs for engineers.

What do you like most about KTH?

The school offers great study spots, and my favourite one is the library. There are student associations for almost everything. For example, a hockey team, KTH Formula, KTH Hyperloop, music associations, and many more! KTH offers a great mix of excellent education and plenty of fun student organisations. Also, the main building Borggården is absolutely stunning!

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

One thing I love about living in Sweden is how convenient it is; everything is very organised. I’ve never experienced a problem that couldn’t be solved within a few hours. Paying bills, visiting the dentist, taking the subway, contacting authorities, sending documents, etc., can be tricky in some countries, but not in Sweden.

When looking at Stockholm on a map it looks like a bunch of islands separated from each other, but you will be shocked when you start noticing how every little piece is connected with bridges and underground subways. The infrastructure is just incredible.

In Stockholm you can find people from all around the world; it’s impossible to not make new friends.

What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies?

It’s a really great choice! You will meet a lot of driven like-minded people like yourself. You will get to know many good friends and have a lot of fun while studying at one of the best technical universities in Europe! You can explore Stockholm every weekend for two years and still have lots of things to do and see. I could not be happier with my choice.

What do you see as the most significant aspects of your programme?

The Internet is built on mathematics, and Google is based on probability theory. There is mathematics behind everything you see around you, and the demand for mathematicians will never disappear. Technology is evolving every year, and right now Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest topics, and the keystone of AI is mathematical principles and optimisation.

Are you taking part in any student activities?

Not right now, but I have, and I am planning on joining KTH Hyperloop very soon!

During my first year at KTH, I joined a student association called KTH Formula. We designed and built an electric car that we took to an international competition in the UK. It was very fun and rewarding. I learned a lot and met lots of new friends. I´ve also helped organise some career fairs like Finance Day, Consulting Day, and Moment.

Do you have a dream job after graduating from KTH?

I don’t have a dream job. But I have lots of fields of interests. I like programming, math, the automotive industry, AI, and the finance industry. This is one of the reasons I chose to study applied mathematics. I can go into any field I want after graduation!

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Master's programme in Applied and Computational Mathematics