MDH student appointed Global Swede by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

May 14, 2012 | Research/Cooperation

Batu Akan, a doctoral student in computer science at Mälardalen University, has been appointed Global Swede by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

As Global Swede, he will represent Sweden in his home country Turkey and be an ambassador for Sweden and higher education.

-It is a great honour to be nominated Global Swede. This distinction will have a very positive impact on my personal and academic life, says Batu Akan.

The purpose of Global Swede is to create a Swedish initiative to pay attention to students from other countries as important ambassadors. As ambassadors they provide connections between Swedish trade and industry and foreign countries, while at the same time helping establish a conception of Sweden as an attractive destination for higher education.

The criteria for qualifying as Global Swede are that the international student has excelled in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship while studying, and that his or her course of study is close to completion. Batu Akan does research in computer science and will complete his PhD degree in 2014. His research is groundbreaking and concerns making industrial robots available for small and midsized companies.

-This research will lead to lower production costs, new opportunities for developing competency and increased independence for the companies in question. My hopes for the future are that I will help strengthen both academic and business ties between Turkey and Sweden, says Batu Akan.

MDH was represented last year as well, when students Albert Franklin Bayeck and Mahgol Amin were appointed Global Swedes.

-The distinction Global Swede is an important symbol for Sweden as a destination for university studies, for our education and research. The fact that a doctoral student was appointed this year means a great deal, says Karin Röding, Vice-Chancellor at Mälardalen University.

The ceremony for the Global Swede award is arranged by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute and takes place today, May 7. Minister for Trade Ewa Björling will present diplomas to Batu Akan and 23 other award-winning international students from other Swedish universities and university colleges.