KTH Master’s Challenge - Salman Uddin is delighted to have subscribed to sqore.com that alerted him on online competitions, and eventually transformed his life. It was KTH Master’s Challenge 2015 that made it possible to realize his dream of earning a higher degree from abroad. So after winning the challenge, the B.Tech-holder from Jamia Millia University got a chance to do Master’s in Electrical Power Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He chose the specialization because of his interest in the area of control and protection of power system. “The programme will enable me to use knowledge and skills to solve the issues of energy crises making it more efficient and reliable,” he says.
The catch line of the Challenge, “Take the Challenge, prove your skills, and start your career at Sweden,” was too tempting. “I was attracted by the thought of pursuing and working at Sweden as the country is a hub of innovation and KTH School of Electrical Engineering is one of the best in the world,” says Salman. The internship opportunity at ABB, Sweden, came as the icing on the cake. “KTH and ABB is the perfect combo that any electrical power engineer could think of. Both are leaders in research technology in electrical engineering,” he informs.
KTH Master’s Challenge
It encompasses full scholarship to pursue a 2-year Master’s programme in Wireless Systems, Electric Power Engineering and Engineering Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Companies which have a tie-up with KTH sponsor each programme. The 2-year scholarship for KTH’s Wireless Systems Master’s programme in Sweden is followed by internship with FormulateIP; Electric Power Engineering with ABB; Engineering Design with Scania. What fascinated Anirudh Deshpande was that the winner gets full tuition waiver to pursue a Master’s that combines entire living expenses for two years. Anirudh, who finished his B.Tech Mechanical from M.S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, heard about the challenge from his friend who is already studying at KTH. He will go to Sweden in August this year.
Calling Indian students
The registered participants receive a regular newsletter from KTH. “Towards the end of the competition, a KTH blogger, who is also from India, called participants to assist them with the application process and answer doubts. Our staff was also available full-time over email to help participants with their questions,” says Caroline Mosson, Project Manager, KTH Master Challenge. Some of the Indian universities have very strong international relations (IR) department that notify about such prospective competitions. Ask Mohammad Kamal Khwaja and Neha Kumari of VIT and Amrita School of Engineering respectively why they applied? “Education at KTH will open the boundary to interact with professors and students across globe. The Wireless System programme I opted for is ranked 16th in the QS ranking 2015. Also KTH has history of producing technocrats, entrepreneurs and researchers,” says Mohammad, adding, “I wish to transport back the exposure of new scientific knowledge to India.”
KTH has 8 Indian partner universities: Amrita University, Anna University, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IISc Bangalore, JNU, NLSIU Bangalore and University of Pune. In addition, there are several other Indian universities where KTH research groups have cooperation or KTH has exchange programmes.
Indian students’ intake
Indian students have been showing great interest in the competition, which is reflected in the number of Indian winners. “Being present in India for the third year in a row, KTH Master’s Challenge has become a recognized brand were about 12,400 students have participated. 30 students came very close to winning and were awarded with internships, while 10 of them have won the 1st prize together with the full-tuition scholarship to study at KTH,” informs Caroline. “There were over 23,000 website visitors during the brief seven weeks when the competition was open in fall 2015. In 2016, around 235 Indian universities, including IITs, participated,” she said.
Studying @ KTH
Nishita Vegi has adapted well to the new academic world. The first-year Master’s student at KTH, who came from Hindustan University, Chennai, soon after her B.Tech says, “Its inspiring how professors encourage us to learn the core of the subject rather than just mug up a few formulae. Students here are academically hard working, yet balance how to manage time for fun activities and studies,” shares Nishita. “You can comfortably live in Sweden without knowing the local language at all,” says Salman, adding that professors at KTH are very approachable. “Students get all necessary tools for learning concepts in addition to utilizing the benefit of industrial collaborations and research projects with EU organizations.”
An easy, but challenging selection process
According to Mohammad, the application process is very easy. There is no fee for signing up for the online challenge. The only precondition is that a student who is applying must have a background in engineering. “The two months of the challenge was thrilling and nerve-racking at the same time. It tests not only your engineering knowledge but also your ability to lead the society,” says Mohammad. The all-inclusive scholarship is worth Rs. 23 lakhs for two years. The full tuition waiver is backed by the support of collaborated company for each programme that sponsors entire living expense. For instance, the living allowance for Anirudh is worth Rs. 12 lakhs, provided by Scania.
There are three quizzes based on Swedish society, logical reasoning and about chosen Master’s course. “I wrote an essay to provide a solution to case study laid out by the institution. They scrutinize your academic performance, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and commitment to technology,” says Mohammad. Students also submit a motivational statement pointing out why they are the best fit for the course and the university. The selected candidates are invited for the final Skype interview with the programme director at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, So why not try your luck to study here?
Carees360 brings you an interview with Eva MalmstrÃ¶m Jonsson, Deputy President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she explains the intention behind the KTH Master’s Challenge and how it serves the Indian student community.
Q. What exactly does KTH gain from the global competition?
A. KTH Master’s Challenge is certainly an effective way for us to identify excellent students. Being an international university, it’s also natural that our partnerships extend around the world. KTH has enjoyed long and fruitful collaborations with top Indian universities and research facilities, and is currently involved in several innovative joint research projects with our partners.
Q. What sort of learning experience in store for Indian students?
A. KTH is Sweden’s largest and highly ranked most respected technical university, and emphasizes practical, real-world solutions to global challenges. You move beyond academics. We have an internationally diverse student body. Over 12,000 students from more than 100 different countries study at KTH.
Each course has close ties to the latest research and to industry. Industry collaboration extends the campus beyond its buildings, and thus brings in different perspectives and fosters new ideas. Every year, around 250 ideas are born out of research that lead to terrific innovation at KTH. We help students and faculty turn their ideas into businesses through coaching, legal and financial advice as well as other support through a number of tools. The eco system for innovation support at KTH is one of the best in Sweden and internationally competitive.
Q. Why does Challenge focus on these three?
A. The subject area Electrical and Electronic Engineering at KTH is ranked 16th in the world (QS) and is historically an area where we can see a great interest from Indian students.
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