In August 2014, I moved to Gothenburg and started my two-year studies at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship (CSE), part of Chalmers School of Technology. So far I have enjoyed everything here, both at Chalmers and in Gothenburg. As confirmed by all the students I have met in this programme, to get enrolled at Chalmers and CSE is the best thing that ever happened.
CIRC: make my moving to Sweden easier
Moving to a new city while making a commitment to academic studies is not always an easy process. Fortunately, here at Chalmers, we have an organisation called Chalmers International Reception Committee (CIRC) which provides all the international students with considerable supports over a wide range of issues. Even long before setting in, CIRC would keep a close contact with us, new students, through emails, elaborating how to plan the life in Chalmers. Housing and travelling are among the top concerns but both have been taken care of; Instruction on how to sign up for student housing is described in detail; moreover, reception at Landvetter Airport was arranged with a free ride to the city centre, which helped us avoiding a lot of trouble.
If you would think that these are basically all the things that CIRC offered, I bet you will find yourself totally wrong in the following days. At Chalmers, everyone is assigned to a “Phadder” group based on their interests. A “phadder” is a selected second year student, responsible for leading a variety of activities for new students. Taking my group for example, my “phadder” comes from the Product Development programme .He has been active in many fields and he proves to be a tremendous help by transferring his knowledge and experience to us. The group members have also become a vital part of my personal networks here, since I got a chance to know people from different backgrounds.
Swedish Culture: Tycker du om öl? (Do you like beer?)
At Chalmers, there is always a proverb: “work hard, playing harder”. You probably have heard about the famous “fika”, adored by every Swede. They like having a cup of coffee in the afternoon as a break to get refreshed from heavy work. There is also a Friday after-work, where people usually have beers to celebrate a week’s work and get rid of all the pressure.
Except for the recreation activities, there are also a lot of events such as workshops. People with similar interests for their career could easily find a community within which discussion in depth is held. The free atmosphere and equality also contributes to generation of great ideas.
A chance to meet the best lecturers
I really appreciate the great efforts made by the coordinators of the master’s programme with course setting and lectures. Here, theoretical knowledge and practical experience find their best combination in the lectures. Many lecturers are talented experts in their areas, hence often explaining the best practices in real business. Easy access to this kind of knowledge also renders us a better understanding of the real situation and challenges.
- MSc in Entrepreneurship and Business Design, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2014 – present)
- BSc in Automation at Shanghai Jiaotong University, China (2007-2011)
- My email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text: Haifeng Wang
Edited by: Oana Georgescu