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Master in Communication Series Part 4: What am I actually studying?

Spring is here, as Supritha would say (by the way, check out her last post)! However, sun and flowers go along with something else, too. Another period of courses and lectures has started. To be precise, new courses. At least regarding my Master’s Programme in Communication at the University of Gothenburg.

Still don’t remember what I mean by saying the word ‘communication’ and what kind of Programme I’ve been attending? As usual, no worries: you’ll find everything here.

The course I’d like to talk about this time, is called Communication technology. As you can guess by the course title, the relation between communication and different kinds of technologies is the main focus.

Probably, human beings have never experienced such a huge range of technologies in their relative brief history on this planet. Yes, thousands of years ago our ancestors were able to make up a great amount of useful tools, or build majestic buildings; or organize the first written linguistic systems. However, in the last century at least, humans have reached such a high level in terms of technology, capable also to alter (positively?) the way how they interact among each others, and the way how they live.

The Communication technology course has just started, and it looks like one of the most interesting we as a class could have expected. The aim of the course is to provide us with theoretical and practical tools in order to better understand the reality shaped by technology, when it comes to the field of communication. How much can technology influence our lives nowadays? Are we really aware of the reach it has in every single aspect that features our daily routines?

Thanks to this course, we will be able to analyse and discuss the relation between the different communication technologies and the historical periods, as well as being able to break down the underlying relation between technology and communication. Of course, when it comes to this sort of combination, one can’t help but thinking to their close connection to the way how humans build organizations, and plan social activities. Moreover, the tools provided in the course will guide us to discover how technologies can be shaped, and how humans can get the most out of them, especially in particular cases of communication, such as communication disorders.

In the very last lecture, our amazing lecturer told us about the importance of meetings nowadays. Probably we take them for granted, but do you know how in fact they have changed over the course of the last decades? And how many dynamics may occur during one of your meetings with your fellow students or friends? Have you ever thought about that?

I’m looking forward to going through this course more and more. And I will try to keep you updated!

A presto


sources for featured image and other pictures: https://it.sheridancollege.ca/aboutIT/ict.html; https://mags2304.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/advantages-of-communication-technology/; https://www.nari.ee.ethz.ch/

10 Essential Apps for International Students.

Smartphones are one of the things that I cannot imagine myself without. Nowadays it is possible literally to do everything with a smartphone, from buying groceries and have them delivered to your house, to teach yourself code to program a webpage. As an international student, a cellphone is probably one of the most useful tools, regardless your career choice. Why are they so useful? The answer is quite simple: because of the apps.

They come in many colors and shapes; apps are there to help us being more productive, or to connect with other people and sometimes to distract ourselves from our duties (that goes for you Instagram – by the way have you checked our Instagram account?)

I have made a list of the 10 essential apps for international students.

Here it is:

 


10 Essential Apps for International Students Infographic


These are just a few of the many apps that I use as a student, if you guys have any good recommendation please feel free to write it in the comments.


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Beautiful Gothenburg: meet Lindohlmen Science Park, a pearl of innovation

Today, I would like to talk about an area of Gothenburg where I’m used to go most of the time during the week. I’m currently studying a two-year Master Programme in Communication at the University of Gothenburg, but I attend my classes in buildings belonging to the other important university of the city, Chalmers University of Technology. How is that possible? Well, my Department is the one of Applied IT, which is part of both GU (University of Gothenburg) and Chalmers.

Anyway, you are still wondering: okay, got it, but where and what is the area you were going to talk about?

And you’re completely right!

From Stenpiren, a pier and a hub of public transportation, I catch the ferry, line 286 Älvsnabbare (it’s for free – great to know if you’re a student, and you can also bring your bike with you!) and…

Ferry Gothenburg

Photo taken by www.goteborg.com

Here we are. A small trip lasting few minutes. I stop at Lindholmspiren, the relative pier of the district called Lindholmen (oh… finally you got it!), located in the island of Hisingen.

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The view from the pier is so nice, especially in sunny days!

The first thing you notice arriving there, it’s such a stunning office building called Kuggen: you see so many colours but, at the same time, the one that keeps all together is the green one – by saying that, I mean that this is a green building, as a low energy consumption is one of its main characteristics.

A wonderful picture taken by Andrés

Kuggen is one of the architectural beauties which constitute Lindohlmen Science Park. An area that keeps on developing, and it is estimated that 30.000 people will study and/or work there by 2020. Business, research, work and study: these pillars make Lindholmen full of life and put Gothenburg on a privileged level.

Kuggen is connected by a walkway to one of the buildings that are part of the Campus Lindholmen – and you can clearly spot it, as you get off the ferry. The building is called Jupiter, not so far from the building where my Department is – House Patricia (it’s amazing, you can find also a kitchen for students and study areas such as small rooms and class rooms, along with many other services).

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So, Campus Lindholmen includes Chalmers University, as well as the University of Gothenburg, some high schools and a polytechnic – students, researchers and teachers represent part of the current 21.000 people filling the area.

The Campus, in turn, is part of the already mentioned Lindholmen Science Park – the global area which encompasses also the SVT (Sveriges Television – Swedish Television) and many premises that host business people and researchers. The aim of this Park is to “establish a unique arena for collaboration on development and research”.

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Photo taken by http://mediaarena.lindholmen.se/

So… what are you waiting for? Come, visit and experience this beautiful area of Gothenburg!

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Driverless Bus at Kista Mobility Week 2016

It was two weeks ago when my friend posted the news in our Whatsapp group. “Wow driverless buss, really?” then I quickly check my schedule to see if I can go to their show time. The trial of the driverless bus is part of a program called Kista Mobility Week 2016. It is a technology week held in Kista, Stockholm by Ericsson, Nobina and Kista Science City AB. Not to forget the collaboration with CityMobil2. Continue reading

7 Apps for International Students

  1. Swish | BankID

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Essential for any student with a Swedish bank account. Transfer money to other Swish users bank accounts via their mobile number. Forget about cash and small change! Lots of companies, street vendors, markets also accept Swish transfers so its super handy.

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BankID is required to set up a Swish account. It also allows you to change some personal details, address etc linked to your account and tax office.

 

  1. Linjekartor

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For those living in Stockholm this is the best SL tunnelbana map app. Also includes pendeltåg and tvärbanan.

 

  1. Duolingo

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Want to learn Swedish on the metro? This is the simplest and most user friendly interfaced app for languages. Web version also available.

Unfortunately, the app has an obsession with making you learn the Swedish for “They eat turtles” – ‘De äter sköldpaddor…’

 

  1. Res i Sthlm

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Also for Stockholmers. Now you know what route to take on the tunnelbana with the Linjekartor app, you need to know when the next train arrives. This is essential* as it includes real-time live updates of all SL transport within the city.

*alternatively use Google Maps like everyone else.

 

  1. Mecenat | Studentkortet

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For all your student card benefits and discounts. Also includes a digital version of your student card, valid for SL and SJ journeys, freeing up valuable space in your wallet.

 

  1. TransferWise

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If you’re transferring money into a Swedish bank account from your home country account, then this is the cheapest way of doing so. Cutting out the bank fees and matching transfers worldwide, the process is fast and really easy to use. Highly recommended.

 

  1. Telia | Tele2 | Comviq

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Now you’ve burnt up all your data from downloading these apps you should probably top-up. Most mobile providers have easy to use apps to check your balance, remaining data and pay for extras.