Global Swede of MDH met with minister

May 24, 2019 | Education Student Alumni Research/Cooperation Global

This year’s Global Swede from MDH, Ms Amani Othman, has officially received the award during a national ceremony in Stockholm, where among others the Minister of EU Affairs and Trade, Mrs Ann Linde, was present.

Each year an international student is nominated to become the Global Swede of MDH. This year the nominee is Ms Amani Othman, who is currently doing her last semester in the Master’s programme in Innovation and Design. Amani has stood out by among other things being very ambitious as well as interculturally competent.


What are your thoughts about receiving this award?

I was truly humbled by the nomination from the Department of Innovation, Design, and Technology at Mälardalen University. I am extremely grateful for receiving such an award of excellence from the Government Office of Sweden. Now I am looking forward to being a good ambassador for both Sweden and Saudi Arabia. 

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

In 2014, I moved to Sweden to gain an international experience and develop my knowledge. I worked as an Art Director for three years at Prime a Weber Shandwick Company in Stockholm. My exposure in the work environment enhanced my learning and sparked my interest in the innovation and design field. To expand my knowledge in this vast field and also further my career goals, in autumn 2017, I have decided to pursue further studies specializing in Innovation and Design at Mälardalen University. 

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

I am currently an intern at Volvo Construction Equipment, where I had the opportunity to also write my Master’s thesis within the area of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. From a broader perspective, in the coming ten years I strive to harness my knowledge and contribute to the development of the society in Sweden, Saudi Arabia and world-wide.