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Five minutes with Fredrik Hylerstedt

...student of Industrial Engineering and Management, who is going to a conference at MIT in Boston to talk about how student unions operate in Sweden.

This year’s CDIO conference in June at MIT in Boston brings together universities that use the CDIO concept (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) as a framework for their engineering education.
Fredrik Hylerstedt, student of Industrial Engineering and Management, will be delivering a talk entitled “The Swedish model: Student participation in quality processes”.

Fredrik and a koalaHow did that come about?
“Last year when I was in the LinTek student union as an education officer, I travelled to CDIO 2012 in Brisbane (the picture at right with Victory the koala was taken during this trip). I was the only student at the conference and I attracted a certain amount of attention. One of the Russian participants I talked to was really surprised. The idea that students might be able to understand and help to solve the universities’ problems was totally alien to her.”

“I realised how unique the way we are able to work with the university is.”

And now you are going to tell the rest of the world how Swedish students participate in quality processes?
“Right. I suggested to Dean Ulf Nilsson of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, who was also on the trip, that I could write an article about it for this year’s conference, and so I did. I got in contact with one of my previous student union colleagues, who was an education officer in the student union at the KTH Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and he agreed to co-author it with me. Our respective successors in the unions are also coming to this year’s conference, so hopefully we can inspire other universities to invite their students.”

What is the most important thing to highlight, do you think?
“We would like to let people know that students can make a major contribution to improving education.”

“Of course you can’t use the Swedish model anywhere in the world. In Sweden the relationship between students and universities is not very strict and authoritarian, which is significant. ”

CDIO – Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate – is an initiative taken by MIT, the KTH Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University and Linköping University to strengthen the creative elements of engineering education. 50 universities in 25 countries have joined the initiative. There are, generally speaking, CDIO courses in all of LiU’s engineering programmes.

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