Likki-Lee Pitzen from Germany
Why did you decide to take your Master's at Lund University?
"It was actually the programme that drew my attention to Lund University. I was looking for an authentically international Master’s programme in Asian Studies which had an interdisciplinary structure and an established network of partner institutions in Asia. After finding all these attributes here in Lund, I learned about the University’s long history, the outstanding reputation, the convincing credo "ad utrumque" – "prepared for both" – and the vibrant student life. With all these facts in front of me, the decision was clear."
What do you think about the programme so far?
"What amazed me from day one is the impressive diversity of students this programme brings together – not just the different home countries, but also the diverse academic backgrounds and perspectives of Asia coming together, since most of us have worked, studied or traveled in various corners of Asia before. As the teachers are experienced in addressing this diversity to help us unlock great synergies, the programme proves to be as international and interdisciplinary as it gets."
What is your impression of the lectures and the lecturers?
"The courses are taught by teachers from inside or even outside Lund as the programme directors make great efforts to ensure that all courses are taught by specialists in their field. All teachers have conducted extensive research in Asia and incorporate their insights into their teaching in various ways.
There’s always very interesting guest lectures and movie screenings. There have also been interesting guest seminars, such as a seminar on problems and possibilities of interdisciplinary area studies by Victor T. King, a luminary in South East Asian Studies.”
What is the student life in Lund like?
"I think it is absolutely justified to say that Lund is the student city in Scandinavia where everything is just built around university life. With all the student nations’ activities, the big ratio of international students and a long list of student organisations, it is very hard to not be engaged in student life."
What are the career prospects for students in your field?
"The future possibilities after this programme seem very diverse. The graduates I have come to know so far have stayed within academia or started working at NGOs or private businesses with operations in Asia."
Who would you recommend this programme to?
"If you are looking for an international study environment and a wide and interdisciplinary coverage of Asia before you settle on a region and a research question, this programme is absolutely for you. The required workload but also the noticeable progress throughout the programme are equally impressive and even though language courses are not part of the programme, there’s a multitude of other ways to learn Swedish or an Asian language here in Lund."