Featuring Rose-Hulman's most recent international partner: KTH,
Dr. Luchen Li of Rose-Hulman's Office of Global Programs once
invited the king of Sweden to Flint Michigan to see an innovative
implementation of Swedish technology - and the king accepted.
While that's a hard act to follow, Dr. Li made connections once
again when he invited two representatives of the Swedish Royal
Institute of Technology (KTH) to Rose-Hulman on May 30,
2012 to meet Rose-Hulman faculty and discuss possibilities for
student exchanges between schools. By day's end, the Global
Programs Associate Dean had a firm commitment from the KTH reps,
Linda Andersson and Helena Legnell, that KTH would receive
Rose-Hulman exchange students.
For Rose-Hulman juniors and seniors, the transition into KTH
classes shouldn't be too traumatic - at KTH all upper level classes
are taught in English. As Andersson presented a PowerPoint
tour of her school's academic programs to Rose-Hulman faculty from
Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Management, Chemical Engineering,
and Electrical and Computer Engineering, she pointed out that
nearly a quarter of KTH's student population of almost 14,000 are
students visiting from other countries. KTH also offers many dual
degrees in conjunction with schools of other countries.
As a University, KTH is divided into "nine decentralized
schools," which means, according to Andersson, "you don't get the
interdisciplinary aspect" that students experience at Rose-Hulman.
On the plus side, Andersson mentioned, turning to Dr. Throne of the
ECE department, the School of Communications and Information
Technology is located in "Kista, the Silicon Valley of Sweden -
Ericsson is located there." She added that the KTH School of
Computer Science and the School of Chemical Science and Engineering
are "very keen on developing a relationship with Rose-Hulman."
The program is set to begin in the fall of 2013, when KTH will
receive its first group of Rose-Hulman students on campus in