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"A master’s degree from KTH makes the student highly lucrative to employers"

Noor is 27 years old and from Bangladesh. He got his bachelor's degree from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola in Sweden and enjoys football, music and travelling.

What made you choose KTH?

After I finished my bachelor's studies with a major in electrical engineering, I wanted to pursue a master's degree in the field of embedded systems. KTH has a particular master's programme for embedded systems, and since it is the best technical university in Sweden, I did not doubt while choosing KTH as my future destination.

What made you choose Stockholm?

Before coming to Stockholm, I was residing in a small city in Southern Sweden, Karlskrona. After living there for the whole duration of my bachelor's studies, I knew it was time for a change. Stockholm termed as the ‘Capital of Scandinavia’ held for me everything that I was missing out on in Karlskrona. Stockholm is a great city that has something for everyone.

What do you like most about KTH?

The relation between staff and students is what I like the most. The teachers here at KTH are some of the best people out there in their respective fields. They are very amicable to the students and very keen to ensure that the students are grasping what they are teaching. 

The teachers want to see how the students implement the concepts rather than the knowledge of the concept itself. This is to make sure that in the future, the students will be able to utilize what they are learning now in real life. Also, the administration staff are some of the nicest and most proactive people and are always there to help out the students in case of any difficulties.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

Sweden is a great country to live in. My impressions of Stockholm and Sweden thus far have been great. The country is a great hub for innovation and sustainable development. Society here is very open to people coming from different backgrounds and have zero tolerance towards racism and sexism. Sweden is one of the best examples of not just promoting but also implementing gender equality. 

Sweden has a stable economy and is one of the leading countries trying to solve challenges such as global warming, urbanisation, future energy supply, etc. The country is one of the safest places on earth. The natives here are very friendly and willing to help out. Sweden also is the home to one of the world’s most famous natural phenomena, the “aurora borealis” commonly known as “the Northern Lights”.

What do you like most about being here?

I like the air and the water quality the most here. Apparently, the air is so clean that contrails by aircrafts flying miles high in the sky can be seen with the naked eye. The water quality is one of the best in the world and the water from the tap serves as the drinking water.

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

The best memory that I have so far from my time here at KTH is undoubtedly the welcoming ceremony. The welcoming ceremony is organised by the university twice every year right before the beginning of the academic year. The ceremony takes place at the Stockholm City Hall which is one of the architectural masterpieces in Sweden. The grandeur of the welcoming event is inexplicable. 

The welcoming ceremony gave me one of the best memories of my time here at KTH, and I would certainly recommend to all the new students to attend the welcome ceremony.

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

There are widespread differences between studying at KTH and my home university. The biggest difference, in my opinion, would be the collaboration that the university has with different companies. KTH, being an elite university allows us to have partnerships with many companies.

Along with that, KTH has a degree project portal where different companies publish internships and thesis projects. 

Studying at KTH, the students get the opportunity to participate in retakes for exams where they do not perform so well. This provides a great psychological relief for the students who know that they can rectify their mistakes. Therefore, students performing badly in an exam would not need to keep pondering about their grades which would eventually affect their studies for the rest of the time.

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

Pursuing a master's degree is certainly a big stepping stone in any student’s life and career. KTH provides the perfect environment and resources for anyone wanting to accomplish their master's studies. During my last couple of years here at KTH, I have always felt thankful that I have chosen KTH for my higher studies. Not only have I learnt a lot in my field, but I have also become a better person in every way possible. Besides making friends here, whom I cherish, I have also built a professional network both in academia as well as industry.

Moreover, the worldwide university rankings for KTH also speaks for itself, with KTH being placed as one of the top tier universities every year. A master’s degree from KTH makes the student highly lucrative to employers.