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Harrison John Bhatti is 37 years old, from Pakistan, studying the Master’s Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation at Halmstad University and is a Halmstad University Scholarship recipient. He has previously studied a Master’s Programme in Information Technology Management in Malaysia.
Education here is very good with teachers being highly qualified which I appreciate as I learn much from them. I especially like the fact that we also have visiting Professors from other universities, even from other countries, as it gives another learning experience by understanding different perspectives. The teachers are very helpful and cooperative as they help us come up with a solution when we encounter problems. They are also very humble with many of them being directors of their own companies and they ask us questions such as “What is convenient for you?”. In Malaysia, the teachers are mainly academics and this difference is a very good aspect to the programme here. Their knowledge of work life is a fundamental reason why many international students come here.
What separates Sweden’s universities from others is their school system. Instead of simply reading the study material and assignments given, you can practice and implement your studies which further helps the learning process. We have several workshops and seminars whilst also going on field trips to companies where we, for example, learn how to apply models in real life and what values we could create for the customers. There is a lot of group work which is important. During a company visit, we had one where we were given challenges and did a presentation where they gave feedback on possible improvements. During my studies in Malaysia, we were only given assignments where you had to cram all the information in order to pass and then you simply got a degree. In Sweden, however, in order to pass a subject you need to pass a quiz, a practical session, such as a simulation in project management, and then a final report – these things are much better for learning as it is more diverse.
My plan after graduation is to look for PhD positions, preferably here in Halmstad or Sweden, as well as look for a job. My dream is to settle here in Sweden and become a Professor. With my studies here at Halmstad University, I can be very efficient in the research and development department, strategy planning, product development as well as making business models which could lead to a career as a business development manager.
My advice is to focus on your studies during your time here because at the end of the day it will not be in vain. Last year, I was approached by an American accountant executive, asking me for a copy of my thesis and said that there are some job opportunities for me. So, by working hard it will not go to waste and somehow, somewhere, you will get the reward.
Harrison John Bhatti, Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation