Ask Jamil 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.
Hello, my name is Jamil, and I am from Azerbaijan. I am 23 years old, and I am a student of EIT InnoEnergy Master School. Right now, I am in the first year of the master’s programme in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (MSc. SELECT) at KTH. I have studied BEng Double Degree in Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and Baku Higher Oil School (2014-2019). Coming to my hobbies, I like volleyball (especially playing), travelling, and parties.
Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?
My previous programme was mainly related to oil and gas processing which was so interesting; however, it has a high carbon footprint. Therefore, I have wanted to turn to more environmental and sustainable energy systems and work on real projects in this growing energy field. Hence, I have chosen MSc SELECT which offers to choose one of two universities in Europe for the first year, and I preferred KTH. But why? First of all, KTH is one of the top 100 well-known universities not only in Europe but also in the world. Secondly, KTH offers a lot of opportunities for start-ups and innovations. Also, another reason is that I am so interested in the history of Vikings!
What are the best aspects of your programme?
There are lots of aspects which make this programme unique and give you plenty of chances to build your profile besides education. First of all, the programme is not just about “read textbooks and pass exams”, in contrast, there are some courses that you have to work on real projects and make field trips to the company to learn the operation processes and problems to be solved. In addition, the programme contains courses from a business school which helps you to learn how to manage and improve your project or idea. Apart from these, you can take advantage of the career events to build your personal network in Europe. Moreover, InnoEnergy supports innovative ideas and start-ups to thrive.
Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme? If Yes, which track and why?
Yes, I did. The programme let us choose our second-year universities which offer different specialisations. I have chosen to study Sustainable Biomass Processing at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. This specialisation has a lot of similarities with Chemical Engineering. Also, Biochemical and Bioprocessing have a reputation for overtaking oil and gas processes as an alternative source in the future.
What are some of your favourite courses so far?
As it is my first month here, I have taken only three courses, but I would say the Project of Year (PoY). This is because every course gives you some knowledge from different topics, but not all of them give you an opportunity to use that knowledge on projects. It becomes even more interesting when you are working on a real project with a team.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
The most unique part of KTH is that the semesters are also divided into two study periods. It makes it easier to learn topics deeply, as you do not need to concentrate on all courses or topics at the same time. Another thing is that teachers wait for 15 mins for all students to come, and then start lectures. This lets us move from one building to another or ask questions to the teacher before the lecture. Also, attendance is not mandatory; however, the classes become full always. In contrast to my previous university, the classes take 2 hours, while I was used to 1-hour classes. But do not worry, there is always a 10-15 mins break!
How is student life in Stockholm?
There is an activity to do as a student at any time in Stockholm. Firstly, Stockholm is a big city to explore its old and modern parts, museums, and parks without any language problem as most of the local people know English. In addition, you can easily go for your hobbies or interests, as there is a lot of free courts to play outdoor games. Students housings make it easy to meet people from all over the world, expand your network at events or parties.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
My first month was educational, interesting, and full of fun. I appreciate that all teachers and staffs are helpful and always ready to support you. Coming to the exams, right now, it looks horrible from the outside; however, I guess it will not that hard as expected.
What do you want to do after graduating?
Probably, I will find a job for the next 5-10 years and work on my ideas. After getting some work experience, I am planning to do an MBA.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies?
First of all, regardless of the university you choose, think about what you really want and what will make you happy and go for it. In the end, Never Give Up!