Ask Siyuan 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.
My name is Siyuan Tao and I am from China. I am 22 years old and studying master's programme Macromolecular Materials at KTH. My home university is China University of Petroleum (UPC). I like reading, climbing and anything that is challenging!
What made you choose KTH?
To be an extraordinary engineer is my dream since I was a kid. KTH is well-known as the cradle of engineers in Europe, so I decided to come to KTH to further my study and get closer to my dream.
What made you choose Stockholm and Sweden?
Interested in Swedish history (especially Viking period) since high school, and the advanced technology and high quality of life are appealing to me.
Stockholm is the Capital of Sweden, and I love the internationalism and the vitality of the city. The advanced English level makes it very convenient to live here even without knowledge of Swedish.
What do you like most about KTH?
There is no authoritarianism in the class, and all students are free and encouraged to ask question or promote different ideas, which really impressed me as a student from Asia.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
The country, or at least the city Stockholm, is full of taste and elegance. The buildings are so beautiful, and the environment is just incredibly nice. Living here is kind of like living in the forest where advanced science and technology exist as well.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
It is the day before yesterday when it was actually Mid-Autumn Festival for Chinese people, a lot of my friends from different countries spent the night with me appreciating the moon. I have never expected that I would have a feeling of reunion of family so soon in Sweden. These amazing guys just made it like home!
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
I would say, KTH is more energetic than my home university UPC. I think the academic atmosphere is more open and more agreeable. The teachers are friendlier and are more approachable.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies?
KTH might not be the best university in the world; however, it is so special that it is almost impossible to experience the wonderfulness that you can in KTH. You will get the best of your education at KTH, and I hope from here you will achieve your dream!
What do you see as the most significant aspects of your programme?
Materials, especially polymers, are so important for human beings’ life that without those we can hardly survive today’s life. However, the pollution caused by plastics and other polymers is gradually putting the human being to the edge of disaster. By studying macromolecular materials, I think we can improve the situation and come up with new substitutes ASAP!
Are you taking part in any student activities?
Since I am new here, I am still looking for the student activities that I really like and that I can improve myself through. At the moment, I want to do my best as a student ambassador and provide all that I can.
Do you have a dream job after graduating from KTH?
I hope to be an engineer one day. I always put a lot of importance on industry, which is the most important for the promotion of the development of human civilization. But I want to stay in a university as well so that I can continue impart knowledge to the next generation.