180 years of science on the cutting edge by alq49994


									180 years of science on the cutting edge
KTH at a glance
For 180 years, the Royal Institute of Technology       gious and academically acclaimed, ranked as the        ber of courses and Master’s programmes in English.
(Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, KTH) has earned a        premier technical university in the country and        The university is very internationally minded, with a
reputation for pioneering research, engineering        one of the leading technical universities in Europe    large proportion of students from all over the world.
genius and science on the cutting edge. The largest,   (Times Higher Education Supplement, 2007).             The beautiful main campus is located in downtown
oldest and most internationally diverse technical         KTH’s schools offer a wide variety of courses in    Stockholm, within walking distance of most every­
university in Sweden, KTH is also the most presti­     engineering and architecture, including a large num­   thing the city has to offer.

• The largest, oldest and highest ranked technical university in Sweden.
• 17 000 students, 3 000 staff and a budget of almost €300 million.
• A leading research institution in ICT, material science, sustainable development and life sciences.
• The main campus is in downtown Stockholm, arguably the greenest major city in the world.
• KTH is a central part of one of the best ICT clusters in the world.
• Chairing the CLUSTER Network of 12 leading European universities of technology since 2006.
• KTH offers a large number of Master’s programmes given in English.

International cooperation
KTH welcomed some 1 050 exchange students              well as offering a multicultural environment for       and most prestigious universities worldwide.
and 1 100 international Master’s students in 2007,     students and staff. Approximately 30 percent of        In order to promote international cooperation,
which was more than any other Swedish university.      the graduates of the Master of Science and Archi­      KTH is an active member in various academic net­
Approximately 100 countries are represented.           tecture programmes have studied abroad during          works, such as CLUSTER, T.I.M.E and Magelhães.
The growing number of foreign students has be­         their education.                                       Since 2006, KTH has chaired the CLUSTER Network
come an important element of the development              KTH cooperates with the leading technical           of twelve leading European universities of tech­
of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as          universities in Europe and with some of the best       nology.
Prepare for the
challenges ahead
Would you like to be part of the solution? Would you like to
help solve the major challenges of our time, such as curing
diseases or curbing global warming? Perhaps you are more
interested in funding environmental research? Either way,
we can help you.
   The world has seen tremendous change and progress
since the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) was founded
in 1827. People live longer, are healthier and empowered
with infinitely more options in life then ever before. Much
of this progress was achieved through technology, and by
the pioneering scientists who dared to think outside the
box and prove everybody else wrong.
   Some of these pioneers of ideas, like Nobel Laureate
Hannes Alfvén, spent their lives teaching and researching
at the beautiful KTH campus in Stockholm. Others were
educated here and went on to do great things as innovators,
scientists or leaders in politics and business. More CEOs of
Swedish corporations were educated at KTH than at any
other institution, and recently KTH alumna Helene Biström
was named the most powerful business woman in Sweden.
   It seems unlikely that the value of technology will dimin­
ish anytime soon. On the contrary, science is bound to
change and improve our lives in ways still unknown and
   There are plenty of challenges left to solve. In order to
overcome the climate change challenge, one of the most
important issues of our time, it is essential to develop new
sources of energy and use them more efficiently. Advances
in nano and biotechnology will help battle diseases. Com­
puters and information technology are, in the words of
Thomas Friedman, levelling the playing field across the
world, giving developing countries an opportunity to com­
pete with the West.
   KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the highest ranked,
oldest and largest technical university in Sweden. It is
ranked among the top science and technology institutions
in Europe. Those who wish to combine beautiful, safe and
technologically advanced Scandinavia with a first rate
technical education need look no further.

Peter Gudmundson
Professor Gudmundson has been President of KTH since 2007.
A professor of Material Mechanics, he has a background both as
a business leader and a premier division ice hockey player.

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180 years of science
on the cutting edge
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the leading technical university in Sweden. It is also
the oldest and largest, with a total of 17 000 students and a staff of 3 300. Since 1827,
the university has been distinguished by a tradition of pioneering research, engineering
genius and science on the cutting edge.

In 1827, industrialisation was underway and Sweden needed a school that                              tually beneficial took place in 1922, when the two KTH engineering students
would meet the increasing demand for engineers. Teknologiska insitutet (the                          Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters invented the refrigerator for their final
Technological Institute) was founded to focus on applied technology, offer­                          thesis. Munters and von Platen both went on to become successful inventors,
ing courses with a strong professional touch, aiming to be “popular as well as                       Munters having over a thousand patents at the time of his death.
practical”.                                                                                              KTH has a proud tradition of technological pioneering. In the early 1950s,
    In 1877, partly to stress its increasing focus on research, the name was                         Sweden’s first nuclear reactor, Reaktor 1, was installed in a cellar 25 meters
changed to Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (literally “the Royal Technical Univer­                       under the main campus in downtown Stockholm. Across the street, the coun­
sity”). At the same time, a Department of Architecture was added. Ever more                          try’s first TV signals were being broadcasted.
academic, while maintaining good relations with the industrial community, the                            KTH has been a prominent scientific institution for a long time, not least
right to confer the degree of Doctor of Technology was promulgated in 1927.                          in physics. Plasma physicist Hannes Alfvén took up a position as Professor of
    Ten years earlier, in 1917, KTH had moved into the buildings in northern                         Electromagnetic Theory and Electrical Measurement in 1940 and began the
central Stockholm which are still the core of its main campus. Today there                           research for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1970. In the
are also several other campuses in the Stockholm area. The Information and                           1950s, Kai Siegbahn, who would go on to win the Nobel Prize in 1981, spent
Communication Technology campus is in Kista, north of the city, in one of the                        three years as Professor of Physics at KTH.
world’s most prominent ICT clusters.                                                                     Today, KTH is a leading research institution in such fields as material
    One example of how applied technology and academic research can be mu­                           science, life science, sustainable development and information technology.

Famous alumni

Börje Ekholm. CEO of Investor,    Professor Christer Fuglesang       Professor Hannes Alfvén.        Minoo Aktharzand. Director­      Baltzar von Platen and Carl     Thomas Sandell. Finnish­born
the largest holding company       ESA astronaut who, in 2006,        Professor of Physics at KTH.    General of the Swedish Rail      Munters. Lifelong innovators    architect and designer. Famous
in the Nordic region. Investor    became the first Nordic citizen    Won the 1970 Nobel Prize        Administration and one of        who invented the refrigerator   for designing interiors at
controls companies such as        in space. Graduated from KTH       for “fundamental work and       the most successful women        while still engineering stu­    the Museum of Modern Art.
Ericsson and Atlas Copco.         with a degree in Engineering       discoveries in magnetohydro­    in Swedish enterprise. Born in   dents at KTH. They graduated    Frequent debater and winner
Graduated in 1988 with a          Physics in 1981. Since 2006        dynamics with fruitful appli­   Iran and graduated from KTH      in 1922. Mr Munters went        of numerous design awards.
degree in Energy and Electrical   Affiliated Professor of Particle   cations in different parts of   in1982 with a degree in Elec­    on to hold over a thousand      KTH School of Architecture,
Engineering.                      Physics.                           plasma physics”.                trical Engineering.              patents.                        class of 1985.

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Helene Biström, voted most powerful Swedish
businesswoman in 2008 by leading business
weekly Veckans Affärer, graduated from KTH
in 1989 with a degree in Mechanical Engineer­
ing. Today she is Vice President of the energy
company Vattenfall’s Nordic operations, with
9 500 employees and net sales of € 4.7 billion.

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Research for humankind
and for the environment
KTH is primarily a research university. Two thirds of its resources are dedicated to research, and
several KTH departments are among the world leaders in their field. Priority has been given to
three fields of research: Life Science and Medical Technology, Energy and Environmental Tech­
nology, and Information and Communication Technology.

Microbiology Professor Mathias Uhlén is leading the largest research project                            businesses. With one foot in academic research and the other in business, the
ever in Sweden, the Human Protein Atlas. By mapping the human proteome,                                 project is a prime example of KTH research. Half of the university’s research
his team of some 70 scientists will open the door to a whole new set of possibili­                      budget is devoted to applied research.
ties for biomedical research. As they will establish an online repository of their                         Life Science and Medical Technology is one of KTH’s three priority areas, the
results, other scientists will be equipped with the tools to study proteomics                           other two areas being Energy and Environment, and Information and Commu­
more systematically.                                                                                    nications Technology. All three areas are interdisciplinary; research groups are
    The project will shed light on a vital part of the human body – or rather                           organised including scientists from different academic fields in order to find
20 000 parts of it – its building blocks that have never been mapped before.                            solutions to mutual challenges.
The knowledge achieved will be extremely useful as 90 percent of today’s                                   The Human Protein Atlas is typical of current KTH research in another way
pharmaceuticals target proteins, and one of the goals of the Human Protein                              as well. The project is carried out in cooperation with Uppsala University. Creat­
Atlas Project, is to cure cancer.                                                                       ing centres of excellence, where scientists from two or more universities work
    Professor Uhlén and his team are not only academically accomplished, but                            together, is increasingly common. KTH, as the leading Swedish and Nordic tech­
entrepreneurial as well. So far they have submitted some 70 patent applica­                             nical university, often initiates and heads these joint efforts be they national,
tions and Professor Uhlén has been involved in creating no less than ten new                            European or global.

                                                                    Campus Kista: at the heart of R&D
                                                                    Some call it Wireless Valley, others Mobile Valley. Kista Science     the country. Wireless communication is the most successful
                                                                    City north of Stockholm is one of the world’s leading clusters        field of research at KTH Campus Kista so far, but world class
                                                                    of information and communication technology (ICT).                    research is undertaken in many different fields. Autonomous
                                                                         The KTH Campus is surrounded by over 500 ICT companies           systems, for example, uniting artificial intelligence, computer
                                                                    which affords its students unique proximity to the industry.          vision and robotics in various practical applications. Or nano­
                                                                    Mobile giant Ericsson is headquartered there and IBM, Micro­          electronics; in Kista KTH has established the Electrum Labora­
                                                                    soft, Intel, Oracle have chosen Kista Science City for their Nordic   tory, one of the three cleanrooms in the country.
                                                                    headquarters.                                                              For anyone interested in information and communication
                                                                         This cluster creates an innovative intellectual environment.     technology, it is difficult to get closer to the core of research
                                                                    Kista Science City has the highest concentration of research in       and development than what is on offer on Campus Kista.

Important fields of research at KTH

Protein Atlas. The world’s       Biomime. Trees are amazingly       Sustainable Communications.        Centre for Traffic Research.       Center for Industrial and Ap-     Nanotechnology. Amazing
first mapping of the human       flexible and durable. Under­       Media and communication            National centre for analysis of    plied Mathematics. Improving      technological leaps are possible
proteome. Sweden’s largest       standing wood fibres can im­       technology can contribute to       road traffic, driving behaviour    industry by developing state­     when material structures can
research project ever.           prove other materials.             sustainable development.           and energy consumption.            of­the­art mathematics.           be adjusted at an atomic level.

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Mathias Uhlén
Professor of Microbiology

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Life in Stockholm
Stockholm is the home of the Nobel Prize. That’s not bad, but it’s not all. It is also a
modern medieval, high­tech heavy, clean and green city on the water; one of the most
liveable cities in the world according to the lifestyle gurus at Monocle magazine.
Visitors say it is the light, that trademark northern               town, Södermalm, boasts a 29­story skyscraper
European light, ricocheting off the water in the                    that houses 600 students and a shopping mall,
summer and off the snow in the winter, that gives                   mere minutes by subway from campus.
Stockholm its special atmosphere. In the summer,                        Sweden is a pluralistic and tolerant society, far
the sun barely sets before rising again.                            along when it comes to issues such as multicultural­
    Stockholm has a lot to offer. The Human Devel­                  ism, women’s rights and gay rights. Nowhere is this
opment Index ranks the quality of life in Sweden in                 truer than Stockholm. One in three Stockholmers
sixth place in the world, and the lifestyle magazine                was born abroad, or has at least one parent who
Monocle recently named Stockholm as one of the                      was. Men with baby strollers, on parental leave,
planet’s most liveable cities.                                      may be a more common sight than anywhere else.
    The city is technologically advanced, its in­                   The annual Gay Pride Parade attracts 50 000 partici­
habitants well educated early adopters. There                       pants and some 500 000 cheering spectators.
are more cell phone subscriptions than people.                          Stockholm is known as the capital of Scandi­
Internet access is higher than anywhere else in                     navia. This is especially true in a cultural sense.
the world. 80 percent of households have at least                   Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman directed theatre in
one computer, and wireless hotspots and internet                    Stockholm. Novelist August Strindberg made the
cafés are abundant. With one of Europe’s three                      city part of his work, as did children’s writer Astrid
most advanced biotechnology clusters and one                        Lindgren. The city has some 70 museums, with over
of the top IT clusters in the world, the Stockholm/                 9 million visitors per year. One of the more famous
Uppsala region is the most R&D intensive region in                  is the Vasa Museum, dedicated to a restored ship
the world’s most R&D intensive country.                             that sunk in Stockholm harbour in 1628; the only re­
    With almost two million people in the metro­                    maining and intact 17th century ship in the world.
politan area, Stockholm is a large city with a small                    The richest city in Sweden, Stockholm is very
town atmosphere. From the KTH campus, pretty                        clean, neat and safe. Most everyone, especially
much everything is within walking distance. That                    young people, speak excellent English, making the
means less time spent commuting. Many students                      city accessible to visiting students and faculty.
live downtown, close to campus, and walk or ride                        It is not a bad place to live. Or to learn.
a bike to class. One of the hottest parts of down­                  For further information, www.stockholmtown.com

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to the world’s         Well­preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture. Some of the city’s buildings bear testament to its old
most outstanding scientists and authors. With the exception of      age; the church Riddarholmskyrkan, for example, dates back to the 13th century. The Globe Arena, on the other hand, was built in
the Peace Prize (which is awarded in Oslo), the ceremony in which 1989 and is primarily used for ice hockey and concerts. It is the largest hemispherical building in the world.
the laureates are presented with their medal and diploma by King
Carl XVI Gustaf, takes place at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The
famous banquet, televised all over the world, is held at City Hall.

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30 000 islands, islets and rocks make up the Stockholm archi­      Thank you for the music! Sweden has a vibrant music scene.         Stockholm is arguably the greenest major city in the world. The
pelago, making it one of the most beautiful and spectacular in     Some estimates indicate that it is the world’s third largest       water is so clean that fishermen catch salmon and sea trout
the world. Some islands have restaurants or affordable hostels,    exporter of pop and rock music. Perhaps the best example is        right outside the Parliament building downtown. Nearby Lång­
others are totally deserted. Ferries take off from the Old Town,   still ABBA. 26 years after they disbanded, ABBA is still one of    holmen, an island which once was a prison, is a popular place to
but once outside the city centre you may prefer to go by kayak     the most prominent bands in the world with some 370 million        sunbathe and swim in the ocean – minutes from pubs, stores
– or speedboat.                                                    albums sold.                                                       and the subway.

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Student life at KTH
KTH offers a truly international environment, with students from over a hundred different countries.
The KTH campuses are excellent places for exchanging ideas, learning about other cultures and
networking with tomorrow’s global elite. With its beautiful main campus and close proximity to
everything, it offers every opportunity for a pleasant learning experience.

“I appreciate the environment for studying here. Students are very diligent,         intensive summer courses and during term time. The majority of international
teachers enjoy giving lectures and the exercises are well structured.”               students take part of one or several of these opportunities.
    Tomoyuki Naito is an exchange student from the Tokyo Institute of Tech­               KTH makes great efforts to welcome international students to Stockholm
nology. He came to KTH to study Geodesy and Geoinformatics.                          and KTH. The Student Union has a well­developed programme of social activi­
    Scandinavia is famous for its orderly neatness. Thus, the KTH campuses are       ties, which helps to integrate newly­arrived students into daily life.
miniature societies, offering not only first­rate library resources and excellent         Studying at such an international campus has made him reconsider some
study facilities but also restaurants, coffee shops, computer labs, sports facili­   things he used to take for granted, Tomoyuki explains.
ties, the student union and a number of student associations.                             “By understanding other cultures, I discovered a lot of good and bad aspects
    Still, one may very well wish to venture out into the city. The main campus      about my home country, as well as in myself.”
is not only within walking distance of most everything, not least the down­               Alan Vargas Perez concurs. He is a Master’s student in Aerospace Engineer­
town area with its restaurants and shopping opportunities, it is also next to        ing, originally from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
the National City Park – a large park with great natural and cultural resources.          “Coming to KTH has meant a lot. In addition to the academic side, I have
The School of Information and Communication Technology is located in Kista           never met so many people from so many different places. The diverse environ­
north of Stockholm, one of the world’s top ICT clusters. All campuses have           ment really makes us more tolerant, which is dearly needed in the conflict­
quick, easy access to downtown Stockholm.                                            filled world we live in.
    “What surprised me was that KTH is not as organised and as neatly struc­              Alan chose KTH for academic reasons.
tured as I had expected it to be,” Oana Wiklund explains. Originally from            “KTH offers good quality education and provides very good resources. Even
Bucharest, Rumania, she is now a PhD student in Numerical Analysis.                  better, it plays an active, competitive role in the world, participating in chal­
    “I mean this as an advantage, not a shortcoming. I was amazed to discover        lenging projects with industry. This is something that many universities lack;
that Stockholm is actually a very relaxed city, and KTH does not have any of the     the gap between education and industry is often too wide.”
strictness that I feared; on the contrary, things are tailored to the individual.”        He also stresses another perk of going to Sweden to study.
Tomoyuki agrees.                                                                     “Swedish culture has a strong character, and it is worth going to get a piece of it.”
    “At first, I was surprised how much Swedish people respect the autonomy               He has decided to stay in Sweden after his Master’s degree, to go for a PhD
of the individual. Coming from Japan, I’m used to people being more restrictive      at KTH. Oana says she plans to finish her PhD, then do a post­doc in yet another
with normative consciousness. When I first arrived I was shocked at the little       country.
things, like someone eating a banana or knitting during class. It reminded me             “But in a couple of years, I might feel like Sweden is my home, and not want
that I had gone overseas, and now I love it.”                                        to leave it.”
    The student body at KTH is very diverse, more so than at any other Swedish            Tomoyuki, on the other hand, would like to work for a global company, mak­
university. In 2007, 3 230 international students were enrolled. Many courses        ing use of his experience from KTH. Job market statistics speak to his advantage;
are given in English which adds to the atmosphere and makes sure that every­         within two years of leaving KTH, 44 percent of graduates already hold manage­
one’s English is up to speed.                                                        ment positions. International experience is likely to be ever more valued in an in­
    Courses in Swedish language and culture are offered free of charge both as       creasingly globalised and interdependent world. KTH is a good place to get ahead.

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Tomoyuki Naito                                   Oana Wiklund                                           Alan Vargas Perez
Exchange student in Geodesy and Geoinformatics   PhD student in Numerical Analysis                      Master’s student in Aerospace Engineering
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan             University of Bucharest, Romania                       Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

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KTH provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in architecture, engineering and technology.
The students are guided by highly qualified teachers and researchers. Since KTH is primarily a research
university, courses always include the latest developments within any relevant field.

KTH exercises a great deal of influence on the development and renewal of                           Options for international students
Swedish industry through the education of engineers, architects, researchers                        • Exchange studies: Students from KTH’s partner universities may apply for
and managers. One of the primary strengths of KTH education is its close con­                         exchange studies via their home universities.
nection to research, industry and society at large. Today, Swedish companies                        • Master’s programmes: Students with a BSc degree or equivalent may apply
operate on a global market. Consequently KTH has become an international                              for one of the Master’s programmes taught in English.
university with students from all over the world and a broad selection of                           • Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes: Joint European programmes with
Master’s programmes given in English.                                                                 compulsory mobility and scholarship opportunities for non­EU students.
    The competitiveness of a KTH degree is evident from the fact that more                          • PhD studies: Students with a completed first level degree of Bachelor of
CEOs of Swedish companies are graduates of KTH than of any other Swedish                              Science or Engineering, including a final degree project in their major sub­
university. The labour market for KTH alumni is very strong indeed. The KTH                           ject, are eligible for postgraduate studies at KTH.
Career Report from 2007 shows that 41 percent of those surveyed had accept­                         • Students with knowledge of the Swedish language may apply for any de­
ed their first job offer already before graduation. Two years after graduating,                       gree programme, provided academic qualification specifications are met.
44 percent have a job that includes leading and managing the work of others.
    Education at KTH is free of charge, also for international students. (This,                     For further information, www.kth.se/studies
however, is currently under debate and may change eventually.)

In December 2007, students at the KTH Master’s programme            KTH leads the world in computer programming. At the 7th       David Beckham is a customer, as are Real Madrid and Chelsea.
“Architectural lighting design” were given the opportunity to       BME International 24­hour programming contest, the 2007       Health tech company Activio improves training by monitoring
design the lighting at the world famous ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi,   programming world championship, KTH student teams beat        heart rate. 30 year old twins Daniel and Tom Magnergård started
far north of the polar circle. Using fibre optics and LEDs, they    teams from 31 countries on four continents to finish first,   the company while studying Industrial Economics at KTH. In 2008,
were able to create an astonishing visual experience.               second and third.                                             they won a prestigious award for rapid­growth companies.

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A variety of degree programmes*
Studies at KTH are organised into various types of degree programmes.               Master’s programmes in English, 60 – 120 ECTS
                                                                                    KTH offers a large number of Master’s programmes in English. These Master’s
MSc programmes in Engineering, 300 ECTS                                             programmes present an opportunity for students with excellent academic
The Master of Science programmes (Civilingenjör) are five­year programmes.          performance to obtain a competitive Master’s degree of the highest interna­
The first two years are dominated by mathematics and natural sciences. The          tional standard. They are open to students with a Bachelor’s degree or equiva­
following years consist of advanced compulsory and elective courses leading         lent academic qualifications and very good knowledge of English. The duration
to a particular specialisation. The main language of instruction is Swedish up to   of the programmes is either one or two years. The number of students accept­
the forth year. Courses from the forth year on are mainly given in English.         ed to each programme is limited and selection is based on previous academic
                                                                                    qualifications. KTH is the first­hand choice of a growing number of internation­
Master of Architecture, 300 ECTS                                                    al Master’s students. In 2007, 1 105 new international Master’s students were
The Master of Architecture programme (Arkitekt) covers five years of studies.       welcomed to the university.
The first three years consist of compulsory courses and projects. The remaining     no. of years
years are spent on projects within a chosen specialisation. The main language       9
of instruction during the first three years is Swedish and during the two last
years English.                                                                              doc tor of PhilosPhy

BSc programmes in Engineering, 180 ECTS                                             6
                                                                                         licentiate of engineering
The three­year Bachelor of Science programmes (Högskoleingenjör) are
designed to meet the increasing need from industry for engineers who are
trained to apply today’s advanced technical applications. The programmes
                                                                                                                                    master’s Progr a mmes
have an applied profile. The main language of instruction is Swedish.               3
                                                                                         m a ster of         m a ster of
                                                                                    2      archi­            science in
                                                                                          tec ture          engineering         bachelor of         bachelor of
BSc programmes with a major, 180 ECTS                                                                                            science in         science with
                                                                                    1                                                                                    universit y
These programmes are designed to answer current market demands for spe­                                                         engineering           a m a jor
                                                                                                                                                                          diPlom a
cial expertise. After graduating, students may either begin working or apply to
a Master’s programme, which provides good opportunities for specialisation.
                                                                                                                       Previous educ ation
The main language of instruction is Swedish.                                                               12 years or equivalent in relevant subjec ts

University diploma, 120 ECTS                                                        *) Bologna adaptation
KTH offers two­year programmes in Building & Construction and in Real Estate,          Changes aimed at adapting KTH degree programmes to the Bologna system (3+2) are under­
                                                                                       way. Consequently, students starting the five­year M.Sc. programmes in Engineering and
leading to a “University Diploma”. Both are given in close cooperation with
                                                                                       Master of Architecture in 2009 and onwards will be able to apply for a Bachelor’s degree after
industry and have a strong professional touch. The main language of instruction        successful completion of the three initial years. The last two years of specialisation courses in
is Swedish.                                                                            these programmes will coincide with the two­year Master’s programmes.

                                                       Doctoral/PhD studies
                                                       KTH is the premier technical university in Sweden               search, consisting of both courses and thesis work.
                                                       awarding doctoral and licentiate degrees and                    At KTH, it is common to graduate as a licentiate
                                                       among the most eminent in Europe. Approximately                 as an adequate first stage for a doctoral student,
                                                       400 doctoral and licentiate degrees are awarded                 after two years of full time studies. A Licentiate of
                                                       annually. Doctoral studies at KTH are very attrac­              Engineering can also be highly relevant for employ­
                                                       tive and provide universities in Sweden and world­              ment in industry.
                                                       wide, and to an increasing extent industry and                      The most frequent form of doctoral student
                                                       society, with well­educated employees.                          financing is by means of employment at KTH.
                                                           KTH has a large proportion of international PhD             Another form is study grants. Recruitment to PhD
                                                       students, of which the majority are previous KTH                positions is handled by each School individually,
                                                       exchange or Master’s students. One of the purpos­               depending on its research activities and financial
                                                       es of the Master’s programmes at KTH is to secure               status. Admission to postgraduate studies is grant­
                                                       the recruitment of excellent international students             ed continuously throughout the academic year. All
                                                       to PhD positions.                                               opportunities are advertised as “Vacant Positions”
                                                           The PhD degree covers four years of full­time re­           on the KTH website.

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International cooperation
KTH runs a considerable number of international projects and cooperates with prestigious universi­
ties worldwide. KTH also attracts many international students, in total 3 230 in 2007, which is more
than any other Swedish university.

KTH cooperates closely with the most eminent technical universities in Europe                        Cooperation with emerging economies
in order to develop joint Master’s programmes and form competitive consortia                         The world is changing rapidly, and some of the most important developments
for EU funding applications. KTH has been successful in programmes such                              in the world, not least economically, are taking place in Asia. Consequently, for
as Erasmus Mundus and in the process of creating the European Institute of                           the last few years, KTH has been committed to extending its cooperation with
Innovation and Technology, EIT. Priority has also been given cooperation with                        Asian institutions.
emerging economies and projects in developing countries.                                                 KTH has developed strong research links with China where, under the um­
                                                                                                     brella of KTH­China Centre of Excellence, several joint research centres have
Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes                                                                   been founded. In addition, KTH has an agreement with the Chinese Scholar­
KTH is one of the most active institutions in Erasmus Mundus, an EU programme                        ship Council under which it receives a number of postgraduate students and
that aims to enhance the visibility and attractiveness of European higher edu­                       researchers annually.
cation around the world. With a strong reputation for the highest academic                               Exchange agreements are in place with leading institutions in the area,
quality and standard of excellence, it supports top­of­the­line Master’s pro­                        such as the Indian Institute of Technology, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua
grammes and provides scholarships, primarily for Master’s students from out­                         University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Korea Advanced Institute
side the European Union. KTH is currently participating in six Erasmus Mundus                        of Science and Technology.
Master’s programmes.                                                                                     In order to strengthen entrepreneurial skills, KTH has signed an agreement
                                                                                                     with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in which NUS has appointed
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT                                             KTH as the European site of its overseas college. Reciprocally, KTH has opened
KTH is currently playing an active part in the creation of EIT, one of the Euro­                     an office at NUS in Singapore.
pean Union’s most important projects aimed at bringing about new forms of
cooperation between academia and industry. The aim of EIT is to strengthen                           KTH plays an active role in developing countries
education, research and innovation in key areas.                                                     The UN Millennium goals, which aim to reduce poverty and global diseases, are
     Research will be conducted in groups called Knowledge and Innovation                            a challenge for engineering research and education. KTH is involved in many
Communities (KIC), within which Europe’s most eminent research groups and                            research projects that attempt to solve problems faced by developing countries.
leading industrial companies will collaborate in order to develop new appli­                         The Swedish Centre for the Implementation of IT in Developing Countries
cable solutions.                                                                                     (SPIDER) is located at KTH. There is ample experience of student­driven projects
    In order to develop models of how KICs are to collaborate, the EU Com­                           aimed at developing IT tools in rural areas, as well as establishing and expand­
mission has introduced four pilot phase projects. KTH is participating in two                        ing university networks.
of them, “Climate and Energy Research” and “Green, Safe Road Transport”. In                              Students at KTH are also able to gain experience from developing countries
addition, Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, Chair of the KTH Board, has been selected                       through national programmes such as Linnaeus­Palme and Minor Fields Stud­
as one of four members of the European committee that will nominate candi­                           ies, both financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation
dates for the governing body of EIT.                                                                 Agency (Sida). Demand for high quality education is high and growing in devel­
                                                                                                     oping countries. KTH is committed to playing its part in the process.

The European perspective is present in all areas of the univer­     KTH is committed to establishing cooperation with prominent       Many KTH students carry out degree projects in developing
sity, in research projects as well as student recruitment and       Asian institutions, which has resulted in a number of joint re­   countries. Here: Field studies on Arsenic contaminated ground
joint programmes. The CLUSTER Network of twelve leading             search centres in China and exchange agreements with leading      water in Bangladesh, part of a major research project at KTH
European universities of technology is an important platform        universities in the area.                                         Land and Water Resources Engineering.
in this regard.

12     the roya l institute o f techn o lo g y – s cien ce o n the cut tin g ed ge
Production: University Administration, KTH and Intellecta Communication. Print: E­PRINT, Stockholm, June 2008. Photo: Hans Olof Utsi, Håkan Lindgren, Johan Fowelin, Peter Hoelstad, Åke E:son Lindgren/Ahrbom Arkitekter, Scanpix and Shutterstock.


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