the new master’s students had already received a friendly welcome from their phadders
in the Chalmers International Reception Committee (CIRC) upon their arrival at
the airport and train station. On August 27, however, it was time for the
official Welcome day in Runan at Campus Johanneberg.
This was the spot where the international students would meet their fellow class
mates for the first time, get acquainted with Chalmers president Stefan
Bengtsson and several representatives from the university who shared useful
information about Gothenburg and student life.
The mathematician Thanos Rofalis from Greece has chosen the master's program in
Computer Science, Algorithms and Logic. He found Chalmers through his brother
who studied in Denmark and then remained in the country.
"I knew that
Chalmers was one of the best technical universities in Scandinavia. I am
interested in robotics and artificial intelligence and am convinced that it is
the future. Chalmers seemed like the best university to learn
more about it.”
Pias Tubsrinuan has been in Sweden for only two days and has already noticed
some major differences between Sweden and Thailand.
“My first impression of Gothenburg is that public transport works amazingly
well and that it is so quiet and nice here. I felt immediately at ease.”
Pias was drawn to the international study environment at Chalmers and the
research opportunities in microtechnology and nanoscience.
"I had heard about the MC2 research centre at Chalmers and it caught my interest. I look forward to doing experiments and learn more from
professional physicists and scientists."
Another Thai student soon joins Runan. Nuttida Isdisai, who will study the master’s
program in Biotechnology. According to her, several students from Thailand have
already formed a network through social media.
“We decided to go to Welcome day together and meet up after the introduction to
discuss all the new things we have learned ”, she says.
From now on, several welcome activities await the new master’s students. They
will get to try laser tag, bathe in saunas, visit the Gothenburg archipelago and look for bargains at local flea markets.
Text: Vedrana Sivac