Hi! My name is Swaroop and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's Programme in Wireless Communication. 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.
Tell us a little bit about yourself/your educational background?
"I am from India and I previously graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) with Bachelor's in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Since childhood, I have been interested in mathematics, and it has never faded. During my Bachelor’s degree, I was fascinated with how signals and systems used math and all the concepts it contained, which drove me to pursue this field."
Why did you choose Lund University and why did this particular programme appeal to you?
"Opportunities in the field of communication are very rare back in my home country. This was my motivation to do a Master's in the field of communication, primarily in the physical layer. I was convinced that with the results the EU has been producing with their research in the field that pursuing further education in the EU would benefit me greatly. When I got accepted to Lund University, it was exhilarating to have the opportunity to study at such a prestigious university. This programme has courses not focused only on the physical layer, but it also deals with network and transport layers within communication. The MIMO course offered was a deciding factor for me, as the MIMO department here is very well-renowned and holds the record for the highest bitrate achieved."
Why should prospective students choose this programme?
"Students looking to enter the market of wireless communication should definitely look into this programme. It prepares students to apply the knowledge they have in a practical environment through various academic components. The level of teaching is very advanced and interesting. This combination is rarely found in an academic setting. Students seeking a fun and challenging academic experience would definitely love this programme as much as I do. Another fascinating aspect is the state of the art laboratory equipment the university possesses and the wonders students can do utilizing it."
Do you have a favourite course?
"In the courses, I have encountered so far, my favourite course would be Advanced Digital Communication. It is a supplement to the topics we have learned in Digital Communication and features problems and concepts used in practical environments. The knowledge I have gained under the tutelage of the professor is profound and is going to be a tremendous help for my job search."
What do you think of the teaching style and the relationship with professors at Lund University?
"Unlike many countries that focus on just solving numerical questions, the professors at Lund emphasize learning the theoretical concepts and encourage discussions that help students realise the different perspectives that we can develop on a theory. They are very sound in their knowledge and clarify doubts in a systematic manner.
I always loved competing with other students but somewhere along the line, it hindered my ability to learn something new or try to strive for more. However, the way of teaching at Lund University encourages students to work together and help each other. Working as a group has been so much fun and I look forward to many other experiences."
What it is like to be an international student at Lund University and how international is your programme?
"Being an international student in any university can be overwhelming at some times. I often see many of my friends living elsewhere complain about this, but strangely I don't feel this way. I was introduced to everything academic-related from my seniors and other administrative staff. People are very responsive and pay attention when you need some help. I also have the wonderful opportunity to learn with students from different backgrounds and experiences. My programme has students from India, China, Korea, Spain and Iran. Learning alongside such a diverse spectrum of people makes the classroom setting very enjoyable and exciting. I enthusiastically take part in discussions with my friends and learn a lot of things in various aspects of life apart from academia."
Have more questions for Swaroop?
You can chat with him and other current students directly via Unibuddy.