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by Anqi
Hello, my name is Anqi.

Where is Linköping?
First, let’s have a quick look at Linköping(pronunciation: lin’sho’ping). It is located at the Easten Sweden (Östergötland), 150km to the south of the capital city – Stockholm. It takes only 2 hours by train from Stockholm and it has very good connection. The population is around 145,000 (by the way, Tokyo is 35,700,000). It is known for its university and high-technology industry and it’s a fast-growing city.

Linköping University has 3 Campuses: Campus Valla, Campus US and Campus Norrkoping. I mainly studied at Campus Valla, which you can see on the map.
The Number of students in the university is around 20,000, which is twice as much as Tokyo Tech. And there are around 1000 exchange students each year from all over the world in Linköping University. The city center is 3 km away from the university, which you can find on the map as well, and the area where I lived is called Ryd, right next to the university.

Why did I chosse Linköping?
There are several reasons for why I took Linkoping as my first choice. First I want to experience different culture and a different life. As you can tell, Linköping is not a big city like Tokyo, it's a city with a big student community. Second, although the university is famous for it’s engineering and science section, there are many other subjects like Art Science(社会科学), Educational Science(教育科学), Health Science subjects(健康・医学). From there, you will meet lots of different kinds of people with different backgrounds - it’s a huge difference to Tokyo Tech. I believe you can earn much inspiration from people with different cultures.

What did I learn in the university?
I have taken the following courses:
○   Science and Technology for Energy Related Applications, 6ECT
○   Nordic Historical Techniques, 6ECT
○   Industrial Energy Systems, 6ECT
○   Beginners Course in Swedish, 7.5ECT
The style of course constructions(授業形式) are very different from here. Besides of lectures, we spent most of time in group discussions, group projects, presentations, site visits, lab work, and reports. It turned out very practical instead of theoretical, students are allowed to discuss freely, as there is no hierarchy(上下関係) between teachers and students, senpai(先輩) and kouhai(後輩), everyone is treated equally (you usually address your teachers by their first names 先生たちを下の名前で呼びます).
We try using wood and other materials to set a fire, in order to mimic how people start fires in the ancient time, and understand how technology has been developed.

Daniel (Germany), Jan (Germany), Charles (Singapore) and me are working on a project
– a group presentation of one of the Swedish technology developments without using Powerpoint – a model of a mining machine used in Falun Copper Mine.

Self-made whisks. We were told to use different materials to make whisks. The purpose of making these was to meet, touch, and feel different materials. Whisks like the one on the second right are widely used in Nordic countries nowadays (You can also find them in IKEA Japan).

Photo Gallery

Campus Valla in January. (4pm)
Baking cinnamon bun with friends. There is a Kendo training centre in Ryd. A poster of the conversation corner.

A walking/cycling path from to campus

Linköping city center- Stor Torget

The shortest shadow in a day in Feburary

Cheese corner at the supermarket.

The Linköping Cathedral and the city Library

A recycling machine out side of the supermarket

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