KTH & Lund Agree on Importance of High Expectations

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. 



News Update

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 (omars@kth.se).

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. 

A New Theory for Evolution

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

New Website

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.

Summer Chapter Meeting

The Chapter congratulates the newly elected board of fiscal year 2014/2015


Erik Widman

Vice chairperson

Veluska Arias

Master of ceremonies

Omar Shafqat


Angélica V. Gonzáles Arcos

Board Members

  • 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

Scholarship levels for PhD Students

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