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Golam Shahanoor

Golam Shahanoor is 27 years old, from Bangladesh and has studied the Master’s Programme in Embedded and Intelligent Systems. He is a Swedish Institute Scholarship recipient and has previously studied a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Bangladesh.

What do you think about your education and Professors at Halmstad University?

The University is really nice, the Professors are relaxed, as are the studies, and I got to learn a lot. The content was really good and I was given a lot of freedom to choose what I wanted to do which was really good. The course lectures were great as well and we were given a lot of time to discuss with our Professors, who were very flexible with their time as I could simply visit their office when I had questions. The programme also had a good layout where we learned the basics of theory and Mathematics during our first year and implemented the knowledge into practical work during the second year.

What have been some positive experiences for you?

There were two different courses which I really enjoyed where we had to physically build robots – one where we got to build it from scratch and program it and another where we had to program it – which was really fun. Otherwise, the competition, Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge 2016, was the best part. We participated, on behalf of Halmstad University, in the competition of cooperative autonomous driving, which was held in the Netherlands. We had to drive our cars semi-autonomously or autonomously and had three different tasks we had to execute. It was really fun and we won the competition. Afterwards, someone recommended me to Semcon AB, who contacted me, and now I work there with a research project called “Born to drive”.

Have you noticed any cultural differences?

People in Halmstad are more understanding; if you have a problem, they will try to see it from your perspective which is really good. Regarding studies, it is much more fun here as we get to do a lot of practical work. As it is more research oriented as well, you will have a lot of opportunities for that. There are also a lot of industrial collaborations, which is really good since it makes it easy to find a company to work for during your studies in Halmstad. I have also noticed a different working culture as it is very flexible as well as appreciative here. They appreciate what you are doing instead of pushing you to do more which is a really good feeling since I always have the drive to do better because of it.

Do you have any advice for future students?

First of all, I will say that people who are not from Europe should be prepared for the weather. Secondly, I would say come with an open mind and a willingness to learn. If you want to learn, come to Halmstad University!

”I was given a lot of freedom to choose what I wanted to do.”

Golam Shahanoor, Master's Programme in Embedded and Intelligent Systems

Updated 2018-01-03