Following last weeks article in Campi, KTH PhD Chapter Chairman Erik Widman and Lund University PhD Chairman Jan Nylund co-authored an article for Svenska Dagbladet about how high expectations can improve education quality at Swedish universities in an effort to include higher education in the recent national debate about education quality in Sweden.
The article emphasizes that high expectations, in addition to strong funding and excellent resources, is necessary to achieve world class results in both university education and research. The article also calls for cultural change regarding our attitudes to education, stating that we must focus on long-term constructive solutions and accountability rather than blaming political parties or lack of resources for poor educational results.
How do you think Swedish universities can improve education quality? What is necessary to take Swedish education to the next level? How can you contribute to make your university better? We encourage you to share the article and discuss it with your peers and professors.
PhD Representatives Needed for the Student Union
Take your engagement in the student union to the next step and run for the student union council. If you are interested in running or would like more information, please contact Omar Shafqat (email@example.com).
PhD Student Dialogue on Sustainability 2014 - October 14th
You are welcome to share your knowledge and challenge your perspectives on sustainability with PhD students from the Stockholm region!
The day will start with inspiring keynote lectures following round-table discussions around themes such as; human health, impacts and risks, energy systems, food production, urban planning and transportation, economy, resilience to change, compassion and altruism.
How do different aspects interact with each other and how can we use the knowledge to promote a more sustainable future? Click here to register.
Date: 24th of October 2014, 13.30 – 17.00, following a mingle
Place: Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna, Skrivsalen, Berzelius väg 3
Organiser: Karolinska Institutet together with KTH-Sustainability
For more information, please see the events section.
An interesting talk from MIT professor Jeremy England will be held at Karolinska Institutet September 9th at 4pm where he will present a new theory for evolution proposed on the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire life-like physical properties.
Please join us for this event. More information can be found on our event page.
Dear PhD Candidates,
Welcome back to KTH for the 2014-2015 academic year. The PhD Chapter would like to take this opportunity to update you about on-going projects and up-coming events.
The new PhD chapter board was elected at our summer chapter meeting 6-5-2014. This year we are going to be focused on developing tools to improve PhD education quality:
- We have created a video guide to the ISP, explaining its importance and how to use it effectively.
- An electronic ISP (eISP) is being developed by KTH in conjunction with the PhD Chapter. We hope to test the eISP in a few schools in the spring of 2015.
- We plan to create a standardized coarse evaluation model for all PhD courses to more accurately evaluate quality between different courses.
Other ongoing projects include developing an Introduction Day for new PhD Candidates, hosting career events for PhD Students, and fighting for PhD student rights. Please feel free to contact the board with questions or suggestions! Within the board, many board members are coordinating specific projects or areas of interest, so in some cases it may be more appropriate to directly contact a certain individual directly.
I wish you all the best of luck with your research and studies in the upcoming academic year. Let's make this year a good one!
KTH PhD Chapter Chairman 2014/15
The KTH PhD Chapter has prepared for a new academic year by re-vamping our website with a fresh 2014 look! Take a look around; you will find new information about the new, improved site organization, and an overall better online experience.
We also create a video guide to the individual study plan (ISP), to give clarity to new (and old) PhD students.
The Chapter congratulates the newly elected board of fiscal year 2014/2015
Master of ceremonies
Angélica V. Gonzáles Arcos
- Anders Nilsson
- Anna Svensson
- Arash Safavi Nick
- Johan Gärdebo
- Mariana Dalarsson
- Monika Topel
- Neda Mazinanian
- Petter Johansson
The protocol from the meeting can be found here: 2014-06-05 Regular Chapter Meeting protocol, pending approval
In line with a decission from the President (rektor) of KTH the levels of scholarships for PhD Students should be at minimum at the same level as decided by the Swedish Institute (SI), which today is 15 000 kr/month that was decided 2013-09-01. Unfortunately, this has not been implemented to a desirable extent and there is work in progress concerning this matter. 2014-01-16 a new decission came replacing the old one saying that PhD students on scholarship accepted onwards will have the level SI has as a reccommendation at that time. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Old decission by the President of KTH can be found here
The one replacing this one can be found here
Formal decission by SI of the scholarship levels can be found here
2014-02-17 SACO published an article in the matter in "Campi" that can be found here
2014-02-19 The President of KTH published his reply in "Campi" that can be found here
2014-02-24 PhD Student Himanshu Kataria published his opinion on the matter in "the local" and the article can be found here
2014-03-03 SACO posted their reply on the reply of the President of KTH's reply in "Campli" that can be found