Hi! My name is Arati and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's Programme in Industrial Design. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the programme, courses, student life, and life in Lund and Sweden via the Unibuddy Platform, where you can chat with me (see below). Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.
What is your educational background?
"I have Bachelor’s in Architecture from my previous university in Nepal. Following that, I worked for four years in the field of architecture and interior design. After this period in my life, I wanted to pursue further education to learn more about design trends and practices."
Why did you choose Lund University?
"While I was in Nepal, I came across a product on the internet designed by a student studying at Lund University. It really stuck with me and lead me to look up the university and the programme. A year later, when I eventually decided to pursue my Master’s, I decided to apply to Lund University."
Has the programme lived up to your expectations so far?
"So far, the programme has surpassed my expectations. I’ve always been very curious about how things are built in different parts of the world. Studying at Lund has allowed me to explore materials and to learn more about Scandinavian design practices. I am very happy with the design exercises and the freedom we are given to explore our ideas – every project is a huge learning opportunity."
What are the differences between being a student at LTH (Faculty of Engineering) compared to your previous university studies?
"The teaching method and the student-teacher relationship were surely a big surprise for me. My previous school had strict hierarchies, whereas here, students are treated like adults which I really appreciate. I find education in Lund very free from constraints and the students are encouraged to explore their ideas. In addition, the resources of the university are exceptional. There are tons of workshops and machines to physically produce your ideas."
Do you get any practical experience and lab work in the programme?
"We are always encouraged to build prototypes at every step of a project. In fact, the first week was dedicated to designing exercises that helped us get familiar with the labs in school. In addition, the school regularly conducts different workshops for interested students."
Have you had any opportunities for networking within the programme? Do you work with companies?
"The different group projects throughout the year have fostered an environment for us to interact with our classmates. During the individual projects, there are opportunities to collaborate with students or professionals from other disciplines."
Outside of the classroom, the regular lunch lectures are a nice way to get familiar with different design professionals in the industry. We also meet industry professionals in different workshops organised by the school. There are two big upcoming projects with IKEA and NASA as well, which are huge networking opportunities."
What do you do in your spare time? What is student life in Lund like?
"I like the fact that there is so much appreciation for art and design in Scandinavia. There are so many museums to visit in Lund, Malmö and Copenhagen. As Lund is a historical town with a rich history, I find there is always something new to discover in the city."
What do you think is the best thing about your programme?
"My classmates have helped create a warm and supportive environment. Having a nice balance of international and Swedish students has made assimilating into Swedish society much easier. Every day I am in awe of how much I learn from my peers."
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