Ask Jose 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! I am Jose Mathew, I am 25 years old and I hail from India. I am currently doing my second year of my master's programme in Engineering Design-Combustion Engineering at KTH. I completed my bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, India. I love to travel, hike, and watch movies in my spare time.
What made you choose KTH?
Automobiles have been my prime interest for a very long time, and I was able to follow my interest and passion through my master's at KTH. KTH being ranked among the top universities in the world and having a curriculum aligned to my interest made my job easy when selecting a university to pursue my higher studies. The course structure is very well organised and is very flexible, and a student can decide his/her specialisation within their master’s programme. KTH also has good alliances with prominent industries inside and outside Sweden giving each student an exceptional value after graduating. The campus is very big with sophisticated architecture, and you should not be surprised if you get lost finding your classrooms in the initial days.
What do you like most about KTH?
The method of teaching at KTH is really interesting and attractive. For every theory class, there would be a lab or a project associated with it. Students develop a skillset on how and where to apply the knowledge gained through the courses. Project courses are very much industry oriented and prepare students for how to work and behave in industry after their studies. The flexible course structure is also quite fascinating and enables students to choose courses from any discipline. One can learn a lot of new things based on their personal interests and meet quite a lot of new people through this flexibility, which makes studying at KTH even more fun!
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Sweden is best known for its innovation and strong notion towards sustainability.
Biofuel and hybrid buses are common on the roads of Sweden. Sweden is also home to quite a lot of industrial giants in the world. Apart from the technological aspect, it also holds a very wide cultural heritage and awe-inspiring landscapes. “Gamla Stan” portrays the classical European architecture and is a place one must visit in Stockholm. The national parks and public parks are also beautiful during all seasons and offer a relaxing mind and are proven to be an efficient stress reliever. The public transport system is so good that you can go anywhere in the city and use any mode of transport with a swipe of your travel card. People in Stockholm are also really friendly and helpful and give you a feeling of a “Home away from home”.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
Being part of THS Armada was one of the best memories that I have at KTH. THS Armada is Scandinavia’s largest career fair hosting around 180 companies, and I was given the position of Career Fair host. It was really a good opportunity to interact with a number of companies and to understand how they operate and get to know more about job and master's thesis opportunities. It was also a great chance to work with a group of students from different nationalities and to be a part of something really huge. The banquet dinner for the career fair was also intriguing, and the party after the dinner is really good. The fireworks and concert at KTH was also one of the best moments I had at KTH.
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
There are quite a few differences between studying at KTH and at my home university. Starting with the period system here at KTH, 10 weeks of lectures, labs, and projects are organised very systematically such that student meets all the intended course outcomes. Almost all the courses give you practical knowledge of the subject and enhance interpersonal and group dynamics skills. Industrial visits and guest lectures are among the best offerings by KTH. Course flexibility is one of the major strengths at KTH. A student can choose any subjects from any department that fascinate them the most. One can choose courses that fit with the job position or industrial role that one is interested in. The international exposure through the education system is very high. It is a really good opportunity to study alongside a good mix of international students. One can learn technically from the group as well as from the cultural background of the students, which enables a student to grow holistically. There are a lot of student activities and clubs available where the students work together on a project and compete in events across the globe.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for their master's studies?
If you have KTH on your mind for your master's studies, then you are heading in the right direction. KTH opens up to a world of innovation and technology that can be very hard to find in anywhere else in the world. It is really a good place to learn new things and to make a lot of new friends. You will never be disappointed with your experience here and will value it very much. If you need anything, you will find help with ease here at KTH. Hoping to meet you soon here at KTH!