Sweden Education Day, 2016 @ Chennai

Do you want to pursue a masters’ degree abroad? Have you been looking for opportunities to go elsewhere? Well, Sweden wants to provide you that opportunity.

In lieu with the Sweden Education Day celebration, a programme has been conducted by the Swedish Institute across Indian cities. The Swedish Institute, a public agency under the Government of Sweden, aims to represent Sweden all over the world and promote its relationship with other countries.

As part of its programme, an event was conducted on October 3, 2016 (Monday) at the Hilton Hotel in Guindy. Hundreds of college students from the city attended the event. Students from several colleges were invited, including the Madras Institute of Technology. Students from the pre-final and final year batches from various departments of the college attended it.

The highlight of the entire day was the captivating seminar by Dr. Donnie Lygonis, an innovator and entrepreneur. His first job was as an army officer. Today, he has worked on several projects and in several companies varying from games to something so different as ice cream products. He loves ideas and playing with them. His seminar was inspiring to anyone who has ever had an idea, and he encouraged and talked about how one could go ahead with it.

There was also an open house with major Swedish universities, the objective of the programme, and the students were able to interact with the representatives. Some of the top universities in Sweden including Lund University, Uppsala University had their representatives available.

For those looking for it, Sweden provides a wide range of opportunities to do masters’ for students from all streams of engineering. One of the major advantages to the Swedish system is that they do not require a GRE/GMAT/ TOEFL/IELTS score, especially for Indian students.

Several scholarships are also available, including the Swedish Institute’s scholarship which covers both the tuition fee and the living expenses. Universities provide their own scholarships too.

The Swedes have a national admission system and so, application fee is one-time and common for all universities.

For anyone interested, these websites can help, si.se, universityadmissions.se or studyinsweden.se for more information.

Reported by Harini Mahadevan for the MIT Quill.