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"The best thing about KTH so far has been the way in which new students are welcomed"

Shaji comes from Pakistan. His home university is NED University of Engineering & Technology, and he enjoys playing cricket and badminton. 

What made you choose KTH and your programme?

I graduated in 2011 and had been working in the field of embedded systems since then. After gaining a good deal of experience in this field I decided to pursue a master’s degree to upgrade my knowledge, skills and academic profile. While searching for top engineering universities, I found KTH ranked 17th in the QS world ranking by Subject. The master’s programme in Embedded Systems was perfectly in-line with my experience and research interest as I wanted to explore the field of designing real-time, fault-tolerant architectures for embedded signal processing.

While resarching Stockholm, I was excited to learn about the capital that is very close to nature in spite of all of its technological advances. I also got to know that English is well spoken and understood in Stockholm which meant no language barriers, another plus. With all these positive factors I decided to apply.

What do you like most about KTH?

The best thing about KTH so far has been the way in which new students are welcomed. The call from student ambassador after admission, the information gathered at the ‘New at KTH’ section of the website and all the activities arranged by THS, make it very easy to settle in a new place and get going right away.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

Well, Stockholm is a city with an amalgamation of natural beauty and technological advances. Commuting in Stockholm is very easy and economical using all the public and private transport facilities available. All the public offices in Stockholm work very diligently and make living in Stockholm a real pleasure.

What do you like most about being here?

The best thing about being here is the excellent lifestyle a person can enjoy. There are lush green parks nearby. You can find jogging tracks, trails for hiking, and lakes and beaches for swimming within easy reach. The life here is very exotic with plenty of events to take part of, including parties, concerts, sports events etcetera.

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

The best thing I have experienced so far has been the welcome reception by KTH at the Stockholm City Hall. Stepping into the magnificent architecture where the Noble prize banquet is held every year inculcates a great feeling. The event was also made more memorable and entertaining by the melodious KTH orchestra.

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

The learning and education system at my home university is quite formal with a fixed schedule. The lab exercises have to be conducted within the lab premises. Whereas at KTH, the schedule for every week is different and you have to keep track of it yourself. For the labs, you can complete the lab exercises even after lab hours or at home. Furthermore, the concept of breaking the semester into study periods is unique to KTH as compared to my home university. So, this makes it entirely a different experience.

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

I would like to advise you to explore the KTH website. Go through the extensive programmes and their courses and select the one that suits you best. Besides these programmes, you will also get to know about the amazing projects and activities going on at KTH. You will feel inspired after going through all the information on the website, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.