Ask Nikita questions about KTH and read more about her decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and her plans for the future.
Hi! My name is Nikita. I am 26 years old and I come from India. At KTH, I am taking the Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering. I previously completed my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at the Savitribai Phule Pune University in India. I love to hike and spend time outdoors in nature. I also like to paint and read all kinds of books.
Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?
After deciding to pursue my studies in sustainability, I found that the Sustainable Energy Engineering programme at KTH had all the aspects in which I was interested. As a university, KTH focuses a lot on sustainability and is also ranked as one of the top universities in sustainable development studies. As a country, Sweden is renowned for its sustainability efforts. These three factors made the course, the university and the country my top choice.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
What I like best about the programme is that it allows you to mould your study path as per your interests. The four track specialisations structure the coursework in order to dig deeper into a particular area of sustainable energy while also allowing students to choose subjects from the other tracks, thereby making each student’s study experience a unique one. Also, the knowledge pool of the teachers and researchers allows you to explore topics beyond the coursework.
Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme? If Yes, which track and why?
I have chosen the Transformation of Energy Systems: Policy and Management track. I am interested in learning about energy systems modelling, the economics and market dynamics of the energy industry and how policies can support sustainable practices. This track offers a good amalgamation of my interests.
What are your favourite courses thus far?
I really liked the Energy and Environment and the Introduction to Energy System Analysis and Applications courses, where we learned about two new kinds of softwares and how to model energy scenarios in each of them. I also liked the Transformation of Energy Systems and Industries and the Energy Business courses, which focused on understanding the trends in the energy market and their effects on technologies. The project-based Energy Management course taught us to design an entire Smart City by ourselves, which was a great learning experience.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
KTH has more project and application-based learning that helps us understand the concepts better. The coursework is well paced throughout the semester and you therefore don’t feel any pressure at the end of the semester and during the exams. There are many lunch lectures throughout the year, which give you a glimpse of the new trends in research and industrial practices. The use of an online student portal makes it easy to manage all your course resources. This also helped during the COVID19 period as we had already grown accustomed to the online portal. The studies at KTH are very interactive, making it a better learning experience overall.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Stockholm is the best place to be a student! There are always events, guest lectures and barbecue parties taking place both on and off campus. There are numerous lakes in which you can swim and lots of gardens, as well as forest areas where you can hike. Apart from the KTH library, there are city libraries all over the city that offer a wide variety of books if you like reading. The city also has many bike lanes, making it very easy to cycle everywhere. Many international students study in Stockholm so you get to make a lot of friends and learn about new cultures.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
My time at KTH has been filled with invigorating experiences! The studies have been really insightful. I’ve made great friends and had an opportunity to participate and learn about various sustainability causes that I believe in through the different campus organisations. Exploring the campus and Stockholm has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to discovering and learning about many more interesting things.
What do you want to do after graduating?
I would like to work in the field of Energy Systems Modelling after I graduate. My interest lies in energy data analysis and developing global system solutions for the energy challenges of today. I would like to work with organisations that focus on renewable technologies, energy efficiency and energy access projects.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for their master’s studies?
If you are interested in the field of sustainable energy, Sweden is the hub and KTH is the place to be. As a student at KTH, you are exposed to studying in a truly international environment in which you learn to understand the different perspectives and industry practices. This will help you understand a problem better in order to come up with the most optimal solutions. The student-teacher relationship is very open and interaction is encouraged. KTH offers a good blend of studies, experiences and opportunities.