Yanuar Aditya Nugraha

“Sweden has been in top three most innovative countries for the last couple of years, according to the Global Innovation Index. No wonder Sweden will become one of the best choices for a higher education degree from now on. One of the best decision I have made in my life was joining this remarkable system by choosing Chalmers University of Technology.”


My name is Adit from East Java, Indonesia, and I am currently taking the Master’s programme in Computer Systems and Network at Chalmers. I have merely spent a semester here, but I can already say that I am really looking forward to the next three semesters. Somehow, I feel that Chalmers is the best place for me to pursue my studies ever since.

My journey

I was a regular guy in 2011. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical
Engineering. Back then I felt that I could not stand out amongst others. With fierce competition when seeking jobs, without outstanding experience or excellent grades, it was really hard to find a proper job. Therefore, I had to prepare myself to not just become a regular guy who can stand tall, but a top engineer for myself and for Indonesia. The situation motivated me really well to continue my studies. However, the lack of knowledge and information about studying abroad has led me to work for a couple of years in a start-up company while doing research on the best country to become my next destination. Sweden easily topped the chart. With lots of numbers and figures regarding how good Sweden was at technology research and the application of it, I also recognised several world class companies from Sweden, e.g. Ericsson, Volvo, Scania, SKF, Spotify, DICE EA, Skype, IKEA, Koenigsegg, Saab, H&M, Electrolux, Hasselblad and many more. Thus I decided and now, here I am, happily studying at Chalmers University of Technology. It is a time full of pride and joy for me.

Being at Chalmers

The study pace at Chalmers is sort of challenging. The curriculum is research based, with labs always running on the same page with the courses, giving a good momentum for me and for other students to be more efficient. I have to say that the courses and the path to the degree are already designed in such a way that I will be prepared when I will have to write my thesis project later on. Speaking about thesis, Chalmers offers lots of opportunities for students to write industrial thesis which helps to form strong relations between Chalmers, students and industry.
At Chalmers, everything from database, exams registration, working task, schedule and course web pages are available through your control panel page. This help students greatly to manage everything efficiently. And moreover, the Chalmers library is something that successfully shifted my mind-set from it being a horror place into a place that is fun to visit. Lots of books, papers and journals are available through the online library access or through third-party connections supported by Chalmers. Super cosy places, well spread printers and scanners, cafeteria and of course, a warm environment.


Lastly, I have to say that I made the perfect decision to choose Gothenburg as my city for studying. The city is full of liveliness, pretty landscapes with lot of lakes, islands and the sea. Currently, I live in Västra Frölunda, quite to the west of the city and that made me often visit the rocky seaside, sitting on a hill while the sun is setting. Such a beautiful landscape with peaceful and quiet environment around you! Plus, clean and fresh air are perfect for an active person who likes to do outdoor sports. Here I made a lot of friends from different parts of the continent. Joining free Swedish class offered by Chalmers will give you some practical Swedish conversation skills that, of course, will help you when interacting with super friendly locals.
Se dig nästa gång! (See you next time!)

My Bio:

  • MSc in Computer Systems and Networks, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2014 – present)
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia (2006 - 2011)
  • My email address: yanuar@student.chalmers.se

Text: Yanuar T. Aditya Nugraha
Edited by: Oana Georgescu
Photo: Private

Published: Mon 30 Mar 2015.