Ask Nikitas 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.
Hi, I am Nikitas, from Athens, Greece. I am studying the joint master's programme in Mathematics, which is hosted by KTH and Stockholm University. Previously I graduated from the National Technical University of Athens with a diploma in applied mathematics. Besides maths, I'm also passionate about natural sciences and philosophy. In my free time, I enjoy reading and playing board games.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
I wanted to further my knowledge of theoretical (pure) mathematics, which is the primary focus of this programme. Stockholm drew my interest since it is home to very active research groups on Topology, Algebra etc. Also, I had heard from friends who had come to KTH before me about how welcoming and engaging the environment was, so it seemed like the perfect choice for me.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
I really appreciate the variety of courses we can pick from. After the first semester, you have considerable freedom in constructing your ideal study plan, with help and advice from the programme directors. You can even choose to specialize in fields tangential to pure mathematics, such as mathematical physics, optimization theory or theoretical computer science.
What are some of your favourite courses so far?
I greatly enjoyed the most recent courses I took, which were focused on the semantics of programming languages. For me, they represent the perfect blend of mathematical logic and computer science.
The programme also features some less traditional courses, namely Theory of Science and Mathematical Communication. I think these were really interesting and important since they encouraged students to improve their communication and presentation skills while learning the basics of conducting independent research.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
At KTH, I've been taking less courses per semester than before, but with an increased frequency of lectures and assignments. This gives you the chance to study specific topics in-depth, which is suitable when trying to carve out your academic specialization with a master's degree. Another difference is how much smoother the administrative processes are, despite the ongoing pandemic.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
KTH definitely challenges you, but I wholeheartedly believe that it is a very rewarding experience. Besides furthering your academic knowledge, you are also encouraged to take the initiative in your studies and projects. I also have to mention how approachable and helpful all of the professors and staff have been. Their friendly attitude has made tackling challenges related to academics and university life much easier.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?
I believe that the richness of the programmes and courses offered by KTH make it an excellent choice for any student. Additionally, it offers several opportunities with its industry connections, with many students writing their thesis with a company. If you are still unsure about studying here, don't hesitate to contact me to ask me any questions you might have.