'Paradise' Sweden continues to attract Indian students
Sweden is considered an immigrant’s paradise, especially concerning the safety of women at public places. Source: Shutterstock

Engineering students from India are increasingly looking to Sweden as an option to further their studies, especially those pursuing a career in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.

As the popularity of the Scandinavian nation’s universities grows among the Indian student cohort, more Indian universities are partnering up with their Swedish counterparts to facilitate student exchange and conduct their academic programmes. One of them is Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) which teamed up with both Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) and Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) to offer twinning programmes.

BTH director (India Initiatives) Gurudutt Velpula told The Hindu

“Sweden is considered an immigrant’s paradise, ranking high on parameters like general tranquility, public security, environment conducive for higher study and safety of women at public places.”

In 2014, there were 1,338 Indian students in Sweden completing their master’s degrees, twice the number there was in 2012, according to Swedish Consul-General in Mumbai Fredrika Ornbrant, as reported by DNA India

Having a high innovation index and the use of English as the medium of instruction are said to be why Indian students are drawn to Swedish universities.

Gurudutt says Indian students can also capitalise on Sweden’s manpower shortage in the ICT sector.

SVU and SPMVV’s pacts with BTH allow students to attain both a Bachelor of Technology Degree from their respective universities as well as a bachelor’s degree in Science in Engineering awarded by BTH in the span of four years. The first three years would be spent in India and the final year at BTH’s campuses located in either Karlskrona or Karlshamn.

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