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"KTH has given me the opportunity to work alongside some of the brilliant minds from around the world"

Neelu comes from Kochi, India. She got her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in India. She is a passionate dancer, but a terrible ice skater.

What made you choose KTH?

KTH is reputed for its excellence in education and its inspiring academic setting. Moreover, it holds top positions in the world ranking, especially in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I was also fascinated and curious about the programme that offered a rare combination of Microwave, Fusion and Space Engineering.

What do you like most about KTH?

KTH has given me the opportunity to work alongside some of the brilliant minds from around the world. Some of them have truly inspired me and helped me improve my learning habits for better.

The teachers are always approachable and willing to help. Once when I missed a part of a lecture because of a clash in the schedule, the teacher voluntarily stayed back to explain the portion I missed. I was astounded by his patience and dedication.

There are several projects open to students, talks and activities for those interested in. The resources available to the student are immense, be it the magnificent library with the tranquil silent room, access to several computer rooms and printers located across the campus.

What’s unique with your programme?

The flexibility of the programme that lets you focus on one of the three focus areas Microwave, Fusion or Space. There are many optional courses to choose from, allowing you to customise your programme to be more theoretical or applied. With communication being critical in today’s world, the source of energy a concern for tomorrow and understanding of the universe to be unravelled in future, the programme’s relevance is never a question.

Tell us more about your favourite course so far.

In association with the applied antenna theory course, there were industrial visits to SAAB and Ericsson, which helped to realise that the actual working realm is not far from what one is learning.

As a part of the microsystem technology (MEMS) course, there were two days of fabrication of a temperature sensor chip in a clean room facility which was a very new and exciting experience.

Currently, I am doing a very interesting course in Space physics which deals with amazing solar and cosmic phenomena.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

I am truly impressed by how ideal a city can be regarding its nature, innovations and serene life. While you experience four distinct seasons here, winter dominates. Almost everybody speaks good English and would gladly help you with directions.

There are several museums and parks that showcase the Nordic culture, animals and lifestyle. Sweden has something in stock for every age group. Public transport is punctual and well connected. All good things do not come free, so I guess one will have to pay the price. The cost of living is towards the higher side, so is the standard of living.

What is your best memory so far from your time at KTH?

The welcome ceremony at the City hall. It was inspiring to know that our convocation ceremony happens at the same venue, where the Nobel laureates are awarded the most coveted honour.

The Midsummer celebration was a delightful insight into Sweden’s culture, during which everyone, regardless of age, sang and danced around the maypole.

What do you think are the differences between studying at KTH and your home university?

The Bachelors at my home university covered a wide range of topics, emphasising the basic principles, as it should be. We had labs and project works to take the knowledge to the application level.

The differences I see here is the international environment and infrastructure, a wide choice of elective courses, and a quarterly course period. Also, the examination style, while this may vary from course to course, most exams have a duration of five hours, giving ample time to think and reflect on the questions.

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

Keep yourself open to changes, be it climate, food or learning techniques. In my experience, only by being systematic and regular in studies, can one yield a good result. Use the opportunities at KTH to sharpen your skills and take your knowledge to the next level. Never hesitate to ask or seek help when in doubt.