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									Higher Education in Sweden

Seminar „Höhere Bildungssysteme im
  internationalen Vergleich“ 09/10
            Dominik Goby
                     Agenda
•   Facts about Sweden
•   Institutions of Higher Education
•   Master studies in Sweden
•   Doctoral studies in Sweden
•   Personal experiences
           Facts about Sweden
• Area 450,000 km2
• 3rd largest country in
  Western Europe
• Capital: Stockholm
• Population: 9.3 Million
  inhabitants
• Number of Elks: 300000
• ca. 6 hours Daylight in
  Winter
  Institutions of Higher Education
• 20 universities and institutions of higher
  education
  – 3 of them are private
• 18 university colleges
  – 7 of them are private
• 9 university colleges of arts
  – 2 of them are private
Proportion of people with
higher education training



Sweden: 31%
OECD average: ca. 28%
Germany: ca. 24%




              Source: Annual report of the Swedish
              National Agency for Higher Education
                            (2009)
Breakdown of Students by field
        (2007/08)
                  Arts, 3%
                                 Other,
     Healthcare, 7%               7% Technology,
                                        12%


                    Natural
                 sciences, 11%
                                                   Social sciences,
 Medicine and                                       including law,
odontology, 5%                                           41%


          Humanities,
           including
         theology, 14%
                       Source: Annual report of the Swedish
                       National Agency for Higher Education
                                     (2009)
Distribution of women and men




         Source: Annual report of the Swedish
         National Agency for Higher Education
                       (2009)
Swedish Education System:
    Higher Education




                      Source:
      www.liu.se/en/education/Degrees%2Bleft/
              1.23952/degreeschart.jpg
               Academic year
• Autumn semester: August – January
• Spring semester: January – June
• According to Bologna Process
  – 60 ECTS per year
  – full-time student: 40 hours per week
   Master‘s Programs of Linköpings
             Universitet
• Related to Computer Science:
  – Advanced Computer Graphics (120 ECTS)
  – Computer Science (120 ECTS)
  – Computer Systems (120 ECTS)
  – Computer Engineering (120 ECTS)
  – Software Engineering and Management (120
    ECTS)
            Master‘s Programs:
             Requirements
• Bachelor‘s degree (a Swedish
  kandidatexamen) or equivalent academic
  qualification
• Registered for the last semester of a Bachelor
  program
• University has to be listed in the International
  Handbook of Universities
• English skills (TOEFL, IELTS )
• Specific requirements depending on program.
      Specific Requirements:
  Computer Science (120 ECTS) at LIU
• Bachelor‘s degree with a major in computer
  science, information technology, software
  engineering or computer engineering
  including 30 ECTS in mathematics
• Bachelor‘s degree with a minor in computer
  science or related subject area, a minimum of
  60 ECTS in computer-related subjects and a
  minimum of 30 ECTS in mathematics
     Strcuture of Master‘s Programs:
            Computer Science
                     1st Semester (30 ECTS)

                  compulsory core courses


                 2nd and 3rd Semester (60 ECTS)

elective courses based on the student's area of specialisation


                         4th Semester

                      Thesis (30 ECTS)
   Structure of Master‘s Programs:
Software Engineering a. Management
          1st and 2nd Semester (60 ECTS)

         compulsory core courses

             3rd Semester (30 ECTS)

    choose 5 out of 8 available courses

                  4th Semester

             Thesis (30 ECTS)
              Doctoral studies
• Degree of Licentiate
  – 2 years of research
  – 120 credits of higer education including
    dissertation of 60 credits
• Degree of Doctor
  – 4 years of research
  – 240 credits of higher education including
    dissertation of 120 credits
  – Pubclic defence of the dissertation
             Doctoral studies:
              Requirements
• a second level degree or
• completed course requirements of at least
  240 credits of which 60 credits at the second
  level or
• equivalent level of knowledge acquired in
  Sweden or abroad
• Funding for the entire study period (e.g.
  doctoral studentship, study grant)
           Individual study plan
• Everyone admitted to a doctoral programme
  must draw up an individual study plan with his
  supervisor.
• Reviewed once a year
• Contents:
  – a timetable for the programme of education
  – a description of the doctoral student's and the faculty
    board's respective obligations during the period of
    postgraduate training
  – other matters needed for an effective programme of
    study, i.e. funding plan.
Example PhD courses
 Tasks of Swedish doctoral studies
• Pursue theoretical studies (seminars, courses)
  and resarch assignments
• Writing a thesis
• Reproduce findings in scientific journals
• up to 20% department duties (e.g. teaching)
           Personal Experience
• ERASMUS programm
• 5th semester
• August 2007 until
  December 2007
• Institute of Technology
  Linköpings universitet
           Facts about Linköping
• Population
   – 2008: 141863 (50,5% men,
     49,5% women)
• 15598 Pupils in
  compulsory school (2008)
• 5789 Pupils in secondary
  school (2008)
• 25000 students including
  more than17133 full-time
  students (2009)
              Linköping Universitet
• University since 1975
• 3 Campus
   – Campus Valla
   – University Hospital Campus
   – Campus Norrköping
• 4 Faculties
   –   Arts and Sciences
   –   Educational Science
   –   Institute of Technology
   –   Health Sciences
• 350 partner universities in more than 50 countries
        Institute of Technology:
• 8 Departments including:
  – Computer and Information Science,
  – Mathematics
  – Science and Technology
• 11 Centres (e.g. National Supercomputer Centre
  in Sweden)
• 17 Master‘s Programs in English
• e.g. Computer Science (120 ECTS) and Software
  Engineering and Management (120 ECTS
• Semesters are divided in two study periods
  – Each study period is followed by an examination
    period
               Percentage of students per field

                                                    Humanities, 9%
Teacher training,
      7%                    Health                          Law, 4%
                            Care,
Theology, 1%
                             7%                                      Medicine science,
                                                                           9%



           Technology, 25%                        Natural science,
                                                       15%



                                      Soc. And
                                  behaviour science,
                                        23%




                     Source: Facts about Linköping 2009
Full-time students per faculty




        Source: Linköping University Facts & Figures
                          (2009)
         Structure of the lectures
•   Usually two Lectures per half semester
•   Each lecture has an additional practical part
•   Practical part usually in teams
•   Each part has its own ECTS credits
    – E.g. Real Time Systems has 6 ECTS
          – You get 3ECTS when writing only the exam
          – You get 6 ECTS when writing the exam an finish the Lab
        My lecture experiences
• My first lecture via skype
• Two lectures via Second Life
• Prizes for the best blog post regarding design
  patterns:
       Examination experiences
• Level of difficulty approx. the same as at TUM
  but,
• You have 4 hours for each exam
• Mostly between 5 and 10 questions
• Open book exams possible
            Living in Linköping
• Most students live in Ryds Alle
• Student houses from companies (e.g.
  Studentbostäder)
• Each floor has two corridors
• each corridor has eight rooms, one kitchen and 1
  living room
• Each room has its own bathroom
• Rent: starts from 2500 SEK plus approx. 200 SEK
  for internet
My Room
         Being mobile in Linköping
                                  My bike:
• Best way is by bike or bus
• Bike shops for students
• Approx. 650 SEK (~ 60€)
• Linköping has special bike
  traffic lights
• Bus ticket can be paid easily
  by simple SMS
       ERASMUS Student Network
                (ESN)
• European network of students that help
  incoming exchange-studens
• Activities in order to reach an extensive
  integration between international and
  Swedish studtens
• Examples:
  – Games (baseball, football, ect.),
  – Laserdome, Guided tours, picnics
  – Trips to Poland and Russia
               Sea Battle:
            The trip to Poland
• 3 days with Students from Sweden
• Traveling by ship
• Guided tour in Danzig
    Activities besides University and ESN
• Student sport facility: campushallen
• Take salsa lessons
• Join some local sports club (eg. handball)
• Watch some ice hockey games (Linköping HC
  plays in the Elitserien)
• Restaurants and pubs:
    – Flamman Pub & Disco
    – HG
           University Events
• Philosopher games
• Kalasmottagningen (Event new students)
• Kravall
  – Intervallen
  – München Hoben
  – Drat i spa

								
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