Simply because there is peace and independence here

It is a great honor for me to share my experience here at Chalmers and in Sweden. My name is Li Wei, and I come from Wuxi, a big city in China. After 4-years of studying Bachelors in Communication Engineering at Shanghai University, I became interested in microwave circuit design. I planned to study abroad and finish my Master's degree.

Chalmers have a numerous research and funding opportunities

Initially, I made a list of universities that I would like to attend and seemed affordable. This list did not really have any European Universities. But then Europe seemed like a good idea, especially because I like travelling and it is easier to do so in Europe. Then, during my discussions with a friend, Chalmers in Sweden came up as an interesting option due to the numerous research and funding opportunities. So then I chose to apply to Chalmers and eventually got admitted.

Equality between students and professors

After over one-year's study at Chalmers, I feel that studies in Sweden focus more on practical application comparing with the education in China. Normally, in China, we just need to understand the theory and pass the exam. On the contrary, the course arrangement in Sweden forces us to finish the lab by ourselves and applies the knowledge that we have learnt to make some small practical design. If you just know how to use a formula in the book to finish the formulaic calculation, but without any comprehension about the principle behind it, you will not finish the lab successfully.


Moreover, some work or projects need to be finished by a group of people rather than an individual. I think this is quite a good chance to improve one's social ability and helps us to be familiar with students from other countries.

Another aspect of the culture of Swedish education which impressed me is the equality between students and professors. When inquiring or arguing with professors, they will never show their superiority to you although they are professors and experts in that field. Usually, professors will be quite happy and patient and try to explain the principle clearly to us.

I hope that microwave technology will have a bright future

My Master's programme is about microwave and wireless communication, which is quite an important branch of electrical engineering. It gives me a clear graph of how a transceiver works and the principles of electromagnetic wave propagation, which have been widely used in our daily life such as radar, mobile networks and medical science. Sweden has a strong background in microwave engineering.

During my master study, we had industry visits which offered me a lot of chances to have contacts with local companies, such as Ericsson, Saab and Ruag Space.
I now aim to research Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) design for my Master’s thesis and I hope that microwave technology will have a bright future and broad application in science and commerce.

People stop their cars on the street to let you cross

Swedish people are very polite and friendly. A very interesting thing is that they actually stop their cars on the street to let you cross. I don’t think that this is common in China.

Sweden is a quiet and very beautiful country with many forests, lakes and parks. The combination of modern city and original natural landscape makes cities in Sweden so comfortable and elegant. Wandering around campus, we may see rabbits, porcupine or even moose.

Being in Europe, I have now travelled to Rome and will soon visit Barcelona and Lisbon. I am also planning to try skiing in the near future. I am sure it will be fun!

If I were to give you a reason to come to Chalmers, it would simply be because there is peace and independence here. Peace – because there is no pressure associated with work. Independence – because you can come up with an idea that is close to your heart and you will be encouraged to ake it to completion.

Text & Photo: Li Wei

Li Wei – My Bio:

  • M.Sc. Wireless, Photonics and Space Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology Göteborg
    (September 2011 – June 2013)
  • B.E. Communication Engineering, China (2006 – 2010)

Related Links:

Master's Programme in Wireless, Photonics and Space Engineering
Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience
"From Shanghai to Gothenburg", interview with Li Wei in Göteborg Daily (local news in English)

Published: Thu 17 Jan 2013. Modified: Mon 25 Jan 2016