Publishing, DiVA and PhD workshop @ Linnaeus University

So continuing our previous semester’s success in organizing various workshops and events for SI Network for Future Global Leaders, our chapter has been successful in securing funds for this semester. So as part of our responsibilities, we had managed to organize an event relate to academics. The focus was on how to publish our upcoming theses at DiVa and apply for PhD studies as a next step for those whom it may concern. Our chapter agreed that as a near future career option, shedding light and discussing this topic would be worthy.

However, our evening started off with a member from the university library demonstrating us the technicalities of DiVa. She led the discussion on how and where to upload, some tips and tricks to make the processes smoother etc. Additionally, she also highlighted the importance of references and the effect of plagiarism on the work students might do.  Above that, we also practically showed the participants on how to refer to pictures and other important materials commonly used in theses. This was followed by an interactive session where students got the opportunity to ask questions and get their doubts cleared.

After a traditional fika pause, we then moved ahead with our session on PhD studies. Two experienced students, both PhDs, shed their amazing life experience on how they decided to pursue such a high-ended value degree. Both had diverse experience of applying to various countries and studying there before moving to Sweden finally. Therefore, their insights into the education system in other countries were also a plus point for the participants. Depicting these in simple slides, they also shared advises on how to draft proposals, contact potential supervisors, apply with good recommendation letters and so on.  Therefore, lot of questions arose which were well answered by the PhD students ranging from scholarship information to application to challenges. They also had a few words of caution as to what students must not do while pursuing their PhD in may inevitably delay their achievement of a doctoral degree. Finally, the end result was a group of motivated participants, who set their sights on a potential PhD degree sometime in the future!

We would like to thank our Linnaeus University, the Swedish Institute, the organizers and of course our participants and facilitators who had worked together to make this workshop possible.

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  • Jashim • 21 Nov 2015 at 4.49 pm Reply

    Hi Redwan (bhai),
    It is nice and proudful matter to find a Bangladeshi student as Digital Ambassador in site. Anyway, i am also a Bangladeshi and working in IT&Billing dept. of telecommunication company in Bangladesh for almost 10 years. my working area is on Linux & DB(Oracle) mainly. i attained certification(RHCE,OCP-DBA) on those arena also. As I am interested for studying masters in sweden . i have gone through the official website of Sweden for Applying Autumn session of 2016 following a post of another Bangladeshi student , on Daily prothom alo:

    and visited the said site: ,But unfortunately i did not find there any scope to put my relevant information(except email id and phone number and choosing the subjects). As the time is very short , so can you please give me the information with step by step guide considering the below mentioned issues :::::::::::::::::::::::
    –how many subjects i should choose while applying ?
    –diff between 120 credit and 60 credit masters with their prospect ?
    –as i stopped continuing with credit card , can i give necessary payment by using of my friend’s one?
    –Any standard format of CV/Motivation letter/Cover Letter (Pls refer how i need to prepare, each of each subject choosing or not ?)
    –Any standard format of Reference Letter (Pls refer how i need to prepare ! )
    –Any other Letter/Recommendations/Certificates that i need to add which may to lead to add value to choose me as a potential candidate.( For example– i am VP of my company’s welfare organisation, active participant of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh and Lifetime Blood Donor of Social welfare organisation named Quantum Foundation, Bangladesh etc.)
    for attaining a scholarship.

    I would be grateful to you find the necessary information as i said.
    And i am looking forward to your reply with needful resources as a BanglaDeshi brother.

    Thanking in Advance.

    • Redwan
      Redwan • 22 Nov 2015 at 5.28 pm Reply

      Hello Jashim,

      The replies are as follows –
      1. Its up to you how many you wish to apply for. The application fee remains are same regardless. Min. is 1 and max. is 4.
      2. 120 credits = 2 years, 60 credits = 1 year. Prospects depend on how you utilize your degree.
      3. Yes you can use friend’s card.
      4. They will be uploaded on the scholarship pages website. Keep an eye there.
      5. No standard format from what I know. Just ask your professor and they should know. But you can always contact SI to clarify.
      6. It depends on what documents SI needs. Keep and eye on the website and you will get to know.

      Hope that helps.
      Good luck!

  • Md. Jahangir Alam • 18 Nov 2015 at 7.04 pm Reply

    Dear Concern. Greetings From Bangladesh!! My queries is to you that, if I Apply trough online for residence permit and the swedish migration board accept my application, is there any possibility to refuse my visa from my country of of residence? Pls let me know on urgent basis. Thanks.

    • Redwan
      Redwan • 18 Nov 2015 at 9.20 pm Reply

      Hello Jahangir,

      I dont see why your visa will be rejected by your country of residence if Swedish Migration Board approves your residence permit. The decision solely depends on them from what I know.

      Hope that helps. Good luck!

  • علي إبراهيم الزبير • 15 Nov 2015 at 6.09 am Reply


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