What Maximiliano says about the Master's in Water Resources Engineering
"Hi! My name is Maximiliano and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's Programme in Water Resources Engineering. 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."
Could you tell us a little bit about your background?
"I am a hydraulics engineer from Chile and now also a student at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University (LTH). I signed up for the Water Resources Engineering programme to acquire the competencies I need to contribute to the ever-increasing water management challenges and issues that can come with it in different places around the world. I am particularly interested in the topics of water treatment and reuse, and how it can be applied to areas threatened or suffering from water scarcity."
Why did you choose Lund University and why did this particular programme appeal to you?
"Lund University was a very appealing option because of the variety of research being carried out by the professors at LTH. There are several ongoing projects regarding water reuse, and some of them might even result in collaborations with local companies. In addition, the Master’s in Water Resources Engineering offers a flexible programme with a common base of courses plus a group of electives and even chances to explore our own interests aside from (or in addition to) the final thesis."
What do you think of the teaching style and professors here?
"I find that the professors here have a very distinct concern for the students and their different learning processes. Their relationship with us is very horizontal, and it feels easy to approach them or seek assistance whenever we might need it. The courses always contain group work and an active dynamic, while still maintaining an adequate balance with the student's need for leisure."
Have you been able to gain any practical experience during your studies so far?
"Although I am just starting my second semester, I have already had some experience with lab work, and tons of computer modelling too."
Have you had any opportunities for networking within the programme? Do you work with companies?
"Yes, in many of the courses we have had guest lecturers that currently work at companies, and they have been equally approachable. It has given me a glimpse of what’s out there after graduation."
What it is like to be an international student at Lund University and how international is your programme?
"I would say that my programme is a nice mix of international and Swedish students. It has given me the opportunity to get familiar with people from different cultures, and also get to know more about the local way of living. Lund is a great place to be for an international student, as there are so many other people having a similar experience and the student life is very vibrant."
What is studying in Sweden like compared to studying in your home country?
"The work-life balance is better here, and courses seem to be a little more oriented to practical knowledge. I do enjoy the different perspectives with which topics are addressed here compared to my previous studies."
How do you like living in Sweden?
"It has been really satisfying living here so far. I feel very welcomed by everyone. There is virtually no language barrier because everyone speaks English and the students are super friendly."
What are you planning to do after your studies?
"I would like to seek job opportunities in water-stressed regions in Europe and get some good years of job experience in the subject. Ultimately, I might seek to go back home to try and implement these practices to hopefully be helpful in the fight against water scarcity in Chile."
Have more questions for Maximiliano?
You can chat with him and other current students directly via Unibuddy.