Ask Nils 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, my name is Nils Löwhagen, and I completed my bachelor's studies in Mechanical Engineering – Management at the Vienna University of Technology. You can probably tell by my name that I have a Swedish Background, but I mostly grew up in Germany. When I was fourteen, my family and I moved to North Carolina on the east coast of the United States. Completing the International Baccalaureate Programme at an American High School primed me for an internationally oriented career. That is part of the reason why I chose Stockholm to study in a culturally diverse environment, and I am thrilled to give you some insights into my life at KTH. Currently, I am in my second year in the master's programme Production Engineering and Management.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
After completing my bachelor's, I applied to several different master's programmes in slightly different fields. However, what made me choose this programme at KTH, was the unique focus on manufacturing and the possibility to select the elective courses freely according to my interests.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
The part that I like the most about this programme is the close cooperation with the industry. Almost all courses have guest lectures held by professionals from companies around Stockholm that provide insights into their work. Besides that, the professors are always open to questions and easily accessible. The courses are structured by varying assignments, and written exams are not the only measure of a student's performance.
Have you chosen a specialization track within the programme?
In the master's programme Production Engineering and Management, there are four recommended study profiles to choose from: Industrial IT-Systems, Production Development, Production Engineering and Management, and Industrial Welding. You are not required to follow all courses of a profile, but I chose to take most of my courses from the Industrial IT-Systems profile. There is a focus on topics relevant to the future of production, and it fits well with my electives from outside the programme, Machine Learning and Systems Engineering.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
There are some significant differences in studies at KTH and my previous university. The courses are smaller, which enables a closer relationship between the professors and students. Rather than solely focusing on theoretical approaches, the courses are centred around practical work in group projects and preparing the students for a professional career in the industry after graduation.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Despite the current Covid-19 regulations, Stockholm still has a lot to offer for students. There are many parks around Stockholm for outdoor activities and the possibility to go swimming and kayaking pretty much anywhere in the city. With the majority of courses being held on campus in the upcoming fall semester, I believe there will be even more activities for students at KTH. I am looking forward to the chapter events on campus to get together with fellow students from different master's programmes.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
KTH has provided me the opportunity to work together with people from all over the world in an innovative environment. In addition, I have had the chance to choose courses from different fields to create my individual study profile.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?
KTH offers over 60 different master's programmes, enabling the students to select from a wide variety of courses. Regardless of the technical field of your interest, there are courses or extracurricular activities you can get involved in.
Feel free to contact me with any further questions.