Published: Mon 28 Jan 2013.

FlexLink launches new scholarship at Chalmers

FlexLink is investing SEK 280 000 in a new scholarship for Chinese master's students at Chalmers. The scholarship is to finance student expenses for the entire master's course. ‘The scholarship is an extension of our collaboration with Chalmers. Moreover, China is a very interesting market for us today and will continue to be so in the future, so we are keen to strengthen relations and contacts between us and China’, said Klas Ålander, information manager at FlexLink.

The FlexLink Scholarship is to be granted to a student starting studies this coming autumn in one of the Systems, Control and Mechatronics, Production Engineering or Industrial Design and Engineering master's programs. To qualify the student has to be a Chinese citizen and preferably have a documented interest in industrial automation. 

In addition to financing study expenses, FlexLink will maintain contact with the scholarship student throughout the master's course period, and offer a trainee post and master thesis work. Furthermore an appointed mentor from FlexLink will be following the student’s work throughout the master's course.

Klas Ålander (picture to the right) tells us that FlexLink and Chalmers have had an established working collaboration in place for many years:
‘Last autumn we had a doctoral student who presented their dissertation in sustainable design and control of automatic material handling systems, or what we normally call production logistics’, he said.

Eva Degerman is HR manager at FlexLink:
‘We are convinced that a mixed and dynamic workplace creates the right conditions to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. By investing in a scholarship program for students from China, together with Chalmers we generate opportunities for the international exchange of ideas, knowledge and inspiration’, she said.

FlexLink is a global supplier of solutions within production logistics for manufacturing companies. The company is part of the Italian Coesia group operating in 27 countries with almost 5 000 employees.

Chalmers can now offer some 100 scholarships for master's students coming from outside Europe. The figure has increased steadily since the new study fees were introduced in 2011.
Collaboration with FlexLink has become a very welcome addition to this resource.
‘We welcome our cooperation with FlexLink over the supply of skilled resources and are very pleased about their commitment. Earlier on, before the first scholarship student had arrived, they took on a Chinese master's thesis student, and this is especially pleasing. It shows a genuine interest in the multiplicity of talent supported by Chalmers international environment’, said Peter Lindwall (to the right), fundraiser at Chalmers.

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: FlexLink, Kristina Linden and Stephano Fernandez

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Published: Mon 28 Jan 2013.