‘We work to­wards mak­ing students more em­ploy­able’

Of­fer­ing over 600 masters cour­ses and op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­search, Swe­den is a great op­tion for In­di­ans

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How would you de­scribe Swe­den as a study des­ti­na­tion for In­dian students? What are the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the field of higher for students? Swedish uni­ver­si­ties of­fer over 600 masters pro­grammes taught in English, many of which are in the field of engi­neer­ing and sci­ence. But there are also pro­grammes avail­able in var­i­ous other ar­eas, in­clud­ing so­cial sci­ence and busi­ness. Do elab­o­rate on the re­cent ini­tia­tives aimed at at­tract­ing more In­di­ans to Swe­den. In­dia is not new for Swe­den when it comes to ed­u­ca­tion. The Swedish Trade Coun­cil in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Swedish In­sti­tute and 10 Swedish uni­ver­si­ties will, dur­ing the Swe­den In­dia No­bel Week, fo­cus on pro­mot­ing Swe­den as an ed­u­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion by en­dors­ing the Swedish way of in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship. This will take place in the form of the Swe­den Ed­u­ca­tion Days in Ban­ga­lore (Oc­to­ber 31, Ho­tel Lalit Ashok) and in Chen­nai (Novem­ber 2, Anna Univer­sity). The events in­clude a busi­ness plan com­pe­ti­tion launched for un­der­grad­u­ate students in In­dia (win­ners get an in­tern­ship at a Swedish com­pany and a cash prize of R50,000), ses­sions on “con­vert­ing re­search projects to a tan­gi­ble busi­ness,” fo­cused ses­sions by in­di­vid­ual uni­ver­si­ties and an open house ex­hi­bi­tion. The ac­tivi- ties are also done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Swedish com­pa­nies like Volvo, ABB, SKF, Eric­s­son to bring the con­nect be­tween study­ing in Swe­den and the po­ten­tial to work with Swedish com­pa­nies. The other ini­tia­tives also in­clude in­creased rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the uni­ver­si­ties in In­dia through the Swedish Trade Coun­cil. Are any ef­forts un­der­way for mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion more hands on for em­ploy­a­bil­ity in In­dia? Swedish higher ed­u­ca­tion of­fers a com­bi­na­tion of the­ory and prac­tice and trains students to work in mod­ern or­gan­i­sa­tions. Students are en­cour­aged to think in­de­pen­dently and take in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity, which helps them to be­come more em­ploy­able, re­gard­less of where they choose to work. Swedish uni­ver­si­ties are work­ing in­creas­ingly with Swedish and global cor­po­ra­tions to en­able students to do in­tern­ships dur­ing or af­ter they have com­pleted their stud­ies. A lot of re­search work done at the uni­ver­si­ties is in as­so­ci­a­tion with com­pa­nies, which make students more in­dus­try in­clined and more linked to the real busi­ness sce­nario. A few ex­am­ples in­clude Volvo with Chalmers Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and Gothen­burg Univer­sity, SAAB and Linkop­ing Univer­sity, KTH Royal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Eric­s­son. Which are the most pop­u­lar and sought af­ter in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion in Swe­den and why? This de­pends very much on what kind of ed­u­ca­tion students are look­ing for and what back­ground they have. All Swedish higher ed­u­ca­tion is con­tin­u­ally as­sessed and ac­cred­ited by the Swedish Na­tional Agency for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. The uni­ver­si­ties with the high­est num­ber of in­ter­na­tional students are: Lund Univer­sity, KTH - The Royal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Chalmers Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Upp­sala Univer­sity, Stockholm Univer­sity and Jönköping Univer­sity. Other highly ranked and sought af­ter spe­cialised in­sti­tu­tions in­clude Karolin­ska In­sti­tutet (medicine and health) and Stockholm School of Eco­nom­ics. Some 11 Swedish uni­ver­si­ties are gen­er­ally ranked among the top 500 uni­ver­si­ties glob­ally, in sev­eral rank­ing lists.

An­ders Malm­ström, Trade Com­mis­sioner to In­dia and Coun­try Man­ager Swedish Trade Coun­cil In­dia

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