Going for early morning classes!
Hello Everyone! This is my first blog!
Since, everyone keeps asking me why Scandinavia and why Linköping University, I thought the first post should be about that. I am studying MSc. In Statistics and Machine learning here at LiU. After looking at all the courses related to Data Science and Machine Learning across the globe, Sweden had the maximum number of courses related to this field. In my experience of 3 months till now I think the coursework is challenging here and very practical when it comes to implementing it in the real world which I hope will be beneficial for me. We have labs, assignments, and seminars for each subject. They encourage independent and creative thinking which I think I never experienced back in India. Sweden is now known as the startup capital of Europe with tech companies like Spotify, Truecaller, King, Klarna, iZettle, and many more! The work-life balance and gender-equality here are given a lot of importance if I compare this with my home country I would have to say there is NO work-life balance in India and gender-equality is not taken seriously. Plus, each day here I breathe and drink in the purest environment. All the more reason to come here!
Following are the reasons why LiU was my first priority even though I had only heard about KTH as a famous university before.
1) The programme structure and the subjects are according to my liking. Given that the programme aims at making us a good Data Scientist or a Data Analyst, it has the right blend of statistics, computer science, and machine learning. Most of the other courses were either more inclined towards only statistics or towards computer science. According to me, one should consider both statistics and computer science as factors to do a better analysis. One needs an extensive set of skills for becoming a Data Scientist. MSc. in Statistics and Machine Learning programme at LiU has these courses like R, python, Statistical methods, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, Big Data Analytics, Neural Networks and Learning Systems, and much more which made a factor for me to choose LiU.
2) LiU is in a student city where I can travel anywhere by bicycle. Be it going to university, the main city, a ride in the woods or to Ikea. If I were to stay in Stockholm I would have to travel by the trains and buses together with a minimum of 45 minutes of travel almost daily.
3) Student housing with LiU is provided to the first year international students. Otherwise, I had to search by myself before even coming here. For living in a bigger city like Stockholm meant I won’t be able to afford to live in a house near to the campus which is in the city. Also, housing here in Sweden overall is difficult to find. And Linkoping is relatively cheaper compared to other big cities.
4) The student corridor apartments are just 10 minutes away from the university by bicycle. Even if you want to walk it doesn’t take more than 28 minutes to reach inside the building into the exact room (yes, I noted it). We mostly live in the area called Ryd(I have added a google map link for you to see the distance from Ryds to the Zenit building in the university which would be the center of the campus. It is also the building you will visit on the first day you come here at LiU).
5) Next to LiU is a science park called Mjärdevi Science Park which has more than 370 companies. This gives students of Linköping University a great chance for networking, applying for master thesis, and jobs. There are 3-4 events every week that happen at CreActive in Mjärdevi.
6) LiU has a great international atmosphere. A lot of students here are from different countries. In my class currently, there are only 4 Swedes (I was expecting more though :P) and rest are all from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Honestly, I think it is great to know about them, work with them and learn new things about their life. It is one of the major international cities in Sweden. Most of the people speak in English here.
That’s all for now. I will be making another post about the procedure to apply for courses here in Sweden- so stay tuned.