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Rahul is from Chennai, India. He did his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Rajalakshmi Institutions, Chennai, India. He loves to go on road trips, explore new places, and get to know the local people's culture. 

Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?

I previously worked in a startup where I was part of the Research and Development team as a Design & Development Engineer. It motivated me to pursue a master's in product development, and strategizing products was really exciting and close to my passion. On the other hand, I wanted to focus on my area of expertise, which is mechanical design and this course acted as a bridge between management and design. It is purely a fusion of product development with a technology and design perspective. And considering the fact that KTH has a high reputation for innovation and research which inspired me to take up this course.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

The programme is a concoction of idea creation, product & service development, and value creation from a strategic perspective at an industrial level which helps us to understand and formulate business models & innovation processes. Most of the assignments and projects are focused on the consumer's feedback to train us on how important is it to consider consumer needs while in the design and development process. The interdisciplinary group of students working on the project produce good innovative ideas, and the KTH allows the students to speak for themselves.

Have you chosen a specialization track within the programme?

I have chosen the track Innovation Management and Product Development within my programme since I have always aspired to be a product owner or manager responsible for the roadmap of one particular product and make it successful. This track has been offering me multiple subjects that support my passion, especially subjects like Product Innovation, Modularization of Products, and Systems Engineering. 

How is student life in Stockholm?

I would say Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially during the summer. I have been here in Stockholm for almost a year, and I am still excited about the student life here. There are plenty of activities, events, and parties that give equal importance to academics and your social life. I would also say the students are really diverse and you get to live in the student housing such as Lappis which is the best place to meet new people from different cultures. The student life in Stockholm has not only added value from an academic perspective but also given good exposure to several cultures and people.

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

KTH is Sweden's largest technical university with more focus on research and innovations. Being a part of KTH has been a wonderful journey for me because of the exciting teaching methods with industry-oriented projects and courses. Studying at KTH is close to an industry experience and has impacted in a good way for many students like myself. KTH offers a wide range of opportunities, such as KTH Innovation, where they fully support new innovative ideas. It is a breathtaking experience for me to be part of this largest technical university.

What do you want to do after graduating?

I want to work in a company as a product specialist to gain some experience in the beginning and pursue my dream to become a product owner. My motto for my career is "Hustle! Hustle!"

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

KTH is the most recommended and one of the best universities for you to pursue your master's studies because of the history of achievements they have gained. I would say it is also the birthplace of many innovations. So in case if you are looking for a place where your thoughts are not suppressed, gain industry-oriented experience with practical methods of studying, then KTH is the right place for you.