Interviews with former BTH students

Here you can read how former BTH students experienced their studies at our institute.


Valters AbolinsValters Abolins, originally from Latvia, graduated from the Master Programme in Computer Science at BTH in 2010.  

Describe in brief how you experienced your studies at BTH.

It was the best year of my life. At the beginning I was afraid to come here, but when I came and saw Karlskrona, I understood that it was the right decision.  Teachers and staff in BTH is very helpful and it was a great adventure to study here.   

 Describe your profession briefly !

Currently I'm working in Latvia at Ltd. "Lursoft" which is an information technology company that has been active in the IT field since 1992.

My position is developer (programmer) and the main skills are programming, but as I'm working in a team, my software engineering skills are useful too.

Are your main skills in the company related to the main area of your studies?

Yes they are related but not to the main area of my studies.

Would you say that your education from BTH has been useful in your current profession?

Definitely!  My studies at BTH have improved all kind of my skills, and as I work in IT company, I can use them every day.

What would you advise future students applying to BTH?

Do not be afraid! Studies at BTH are great opportunity in beautiful place - Karlskrona. Without studies at BTH my life would be unfulfilled.


Soufiane BelkhiriSoufiane Belkhiri is from France and has been studying as an Erasmus student at BTH during the autumn term 2010.

Describe in brief how you experienced your studies at BTH. (Lectures, teachers, classmates, study environment, student life and your experience of Sweden)

I have to admit that my Erasmus term in Sweden was one of my best periods of study in my student life. Indeed, BTH isn't just a university, it is MORE. This is a big family where teachers/students/staff live all together. There aren't differentiations between each other, everybody is judged as professionals. I haven’t felt the feeling to be lost or even more misunderstood in contrary…

What is the best thing/experience with BTH?

My best memory with BTH was the International Day. All countries were represented by students, Greece, Pakistan, France, Spain, China and so on… Students, Swedish people, teachers have had the chance to discover the culture of the other one. Students prepared all stuffs representative of their culture: food, clothes, flags, music… That was one of my best experiences I have in my mind with BTH. By the way, people saw that French people weren’t as pretentious as we pretend, in contrary a romantic culture well-represented by the Eiffel Tower and the French Kiss!

What would you advise future international students who are coming to BTH?

I advise to future international students to be really involved in the system at BTH. Do not hesitate to participate in every BTH-event: International Day, trips, European on Loan... BTH allows you to be really integrated in the Swedish culture and above all in the BTH-culture. Do not miss this chance to live one of your best experiences abroad! 


Lakmal SilvaLakmal Silva, originally from Sri Lanka, graduated from the MSc in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunications / Signal Processing at BTH in 2008.

Describe in brief how you experienced your studies at BTH.  

Studying at BTH in an international environment was a great experience. I had a good experience both on and off the Institute. Teacher - student interaction was very active in the classes I followed and the staff at BTH is very helpful and friendly, which provides a good atmosphere to study.
Especially our programme manager Mikael Åsman and Student administrator Lena Magnusson attended to all our student needs in a very friendly way.

The quality of education was of good standards. I enjoyed all my courses from signal processing to telecommunications. I had the opportunity to do my thesis work at a company in the telecom city called WIP, where we developed a Mobile travel guide for 2008 China Olympics.

Describe your profession briefly!

Currently I'm working for Ericsson AB in Sweden as a Software designer for telecommunication systems. Main skills involved are programming skills, understanding of operating systems, database systems, telecommunication systems and innovative thinking and trouble shooting skills.

Are your main skills in the company related to the main area of your studies?

Yes, some of the telecommunication courses that I studied are related to the work I do in the company. Most important skill I would say is grasping and understanding technologies in a shorter period of time.

Would you say that your education from BTH has been useful in your current profession?

Yes, certainly it helps a lot. Having a Masters degree in Telecommunications / Signal processing is very useful to the current profession as well as to understand the surrounding businesses.

What would you advise future students applying to BTH?

I would recommend BTH as a great place to study.


Zornitsa VakareevaZornitsa Vakareeva, originally from   Bulgaria, graduated from the Bachelor programme Literature, Culture and Digital Media at BTH in 2010.

Describe in brief how you experienced your studies at BTH. 

The three years at BTH were such a great and valuable experience for me! BTH offers high quality education which gives you theoretical and practical knowledge for you future career development. Moreover, the international environment makes your stay in Sweden absolutely unforgettable!

Describe your profession briefly!

I am currently enrolled in the Master program Cultural Interactions: The Anglo-American Perspective at Sofia University. It is an interdisciplinary program which incorporates cultural studies, language and critical theory. I also work as a part-time English teacher at Educational Centre Britanica Ltd, Sofia. 

Are your main skills in the company related to the main area of your studies?

Yes, definitely. I continue studying culture and language and I apply my English language skills in my work as a teacher.

Would you say that your education from BTH has been useful in your current profession?

Absolutely! My education from BTH gave me the necessary foundation in order for me to start building and developing further my academic and professional interests.

What would you advise future students applying to BTH?

I would advise the future students to get the most out of their stay at BTH because studying there can be a very valuable experience both in the context of education and life as a whole.


Stanislaw SaganowskiStanislaw Saganowski is from Poland and has been studying as an Erasmus student at BTH during the autumn term 2010.

 Describe in brief how you experienced your studies at BTH. (Lectures, teachers, classmates, study environment, student life and your experience of Sweden)

 At the beginning there were some problems with signing up for the courses, but as I have heard, only with double diploma students.

 When I finally started my courses I was amazed how many teachers are involved into one single class. Thus, the quality of courses was very high.

Working in a multinational environment was a great experience and taught me how to deal with language and cultural barriers.

I met many new people and made many wonderful friendships, which will continue after the exchange. I have already made an appointment to visit Spain and France.

Karlskrona is very beautiful in both summer and winter. Swedes are nice and helpful, and everyone speaks English. I hope that someday I will return to Sweden and settle down.

What is the best thing/experience with BTH?

Different (better) approach to students/studies (assisting students in achieving their goals), a lot of international activities (International Day, Ferry Trip, Goteborg Trip, etc.), multinational environment, and beautiful location!

What would you advise future international students who are coming to BTH?

Take your friends with you, they can't miss that!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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