Iqbal comes from Indonesia. He completed his bachelor's degree from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. Sweden is the perfect place for him to be as cycling and enjoying nature are his hobbies.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
My background is in Geodesy and Geomatics, well-known as Geoinformation. And I have three years of work experience in the infrastructure construction industry, which grows my interest in the transport sector. Thus, the master's programme in Transport and Geoinformation Technology is a perfect accelerator and a catalyst for my knowledge and career goals because it combines my background and interest.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
The projects are mostly done in groups. This allows us to not only learn from the teacher but also from our colleagues. When your colleagues have diverse skill sets, it opens possibilities for you to learn and solve a problem in a more creative way.
Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme?
Even though I have a background in Geoinformation, my interest in Transport gives me a stronger drive towards the path. This is the great aspect of this programme where I can explore the knowledge in more than one track. Dealing with solving problems in mobility and its sustainability nowadays is my recently-found passion. Moreover, the railway engineering track is also promising since my country lacks the latest signalling system expert.
What are some of your favourite courses so far?
My favourite course so far is Public Transport. In the course, my colleague and I were conducting a project to study the optimal time gap between the train arrival time and the bus departure time to maximise the passenger's transfer rate. This gave me a hands-on experience of how the public transport system works in our daily life.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
At KTH, the semester is divided into two periods, and each period I only study 2-3 courses at the same time. This gives an excellent chance for me to focus my study on only a limited number of subjects. Thus, it becomes a more effective way of study.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Living abroad during a pandemic situation is challenging. But, the nature of Sweden allows me to still enjoy my life at its best, even better than ever. The diversity that I meet here enriches my experience of many cultures. The most precious thing is making friends with people from all around the globe. At last, you won't believe that you live in a country's capital when you are wandering in its nature.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
My first semester with in-class teaching was delightful. I felt connected with my colleagues, and it was a new experience for me that the teachers are very reachable. Meanwhile, it was all online in the second semester, but I felt no decrease in the quality of my study at KTH. I believe the next semester would be even better with the hybrid teaching that combines the interaction in the in-class teaching and accessibility in remote teaching.
What do you want to do after graduating?
I'm projecting myself as a transport planner that works in solving the cities' mobility problem. The huge impact on the environment and society that we can generate through our policy makes me fascinated. We can shape the world for a better future, and it has to be started now.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?
Continuing my study in Sweden, particularly at KTH, is a life-changing experience. It exposes me to a world-class education system with teachers that possess unquestionable expertise. I can already feel that this is my stepping stone towards a brighter future. I hope everyone can experience the same as me and choose to continue their study at KTH, the best technical university in Sweden.