Mälardalen University Global Swede 2018 received award

May 15, 2018 | Student Education Global

Vasja Çollaku, student at the Master’s programme in Software Engineering, has been awarded the title Mälardalen University Global Swede for 2018. As Global Swede Vasja will act as ambassador for Sweden, MDH and higher education, both in her home country Albania and in other countries where opportunities turn up.

Congratulations Vasja, how do you feel about receiving the Mälardalen University Global Swede award?

It is a big honor for me to be nominated by the university for this award. I feel deeply appraised and I thank MDH for the recognition. It is a strong feeling when the university appreciates and recognizes the academical, entrepreneurship and innovative efforts you put throughout the whole year. For me, it strengthened the connection between the students and the university as it showed that nothing goes unnoticed and nothing is done in vain by the students and I think this shows how close MDH is to the students. 


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, who is Vasja and how come you’ve ended up in MDH?

I ended up in MDH through the ICM exchange program, where I am completing the Master studies in Software Engineering. After finishing my Bachelor studies in the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania, in Computer Engineering, it was time for me to decide where the next step would be. I chose MDH as a destination for my Master studies due to its high educational quality and I don’t regret my choice for a single moment. Besides my studies, I am interested in volunteering activities as well. I have been an active participant of the civic society in Tirana, Albania for four years before coming to MDH, where I was included in volunteering and social challenging activities with different NGOs. I am glad I was given the opportunity to follow this passion here as well. I became a “fadder” of the International Committee and a board member of the Mälardalens Student Sport association, both challenging engagements but it felt good to put in use my previous background in similar activities.

What will you be doing in five years and where will you be geographically?

It is too difficult to give a specific answer to this now but the best I can come up with for the moment is that I am probably going to be following a career in Information Technology. As per the geographical part, I am glad I have options to be working wherever I want through the connections with business I have made throughout my MDH studies and the endless possibilities the MDH degree will give me.