Walid experienced a union of the world at the University of Borås
Walid Mansouri went on an Erasmus exchange to Borås to learn about resource recovery. He planned to leave France for one semester, but he may have found his future home.
What do you study?
– I study resource recovery, and since I am on exchange from France I have no speciality, I do all courses. I also recently took part in a project about the gasification of bio mass. We studied food to see what happens with the gasification in different situations and in the end we found the best result for more quantity of gas. I haven’t studied the process before but it’s been very interesting to discover.
What are the studies like?
– We have a lot of free hours which is good because we got a lot of time to work on the project and prepare the report and presentation. All of the classes are nice, and especially the teachers are really good. They are so professional and friendly. They all have different opinions and ways of looking at things and all of them are very, very smart in this field. I’m so happy to have been able to work with them.
What do you think of the University of Borås?
– I get to study with people from all over the world. There are students from India, Africa, Europe, everybody’s mixed together and it’s like a union of the world. We are 25 people in my class but only two of them are from Sweden. It makes for great discussion because everybody has different point of views and opinions.
How do you find Sweden?
– I really like it here. Swedish people are very respectable and helpful. Everybody helps you integrate, for example the student union has been really helpful. When I first came here they had one week full of events and games. It was a lot of fun, especially if you want to meet new people. Swedes are very open and inviting. In France everybody stays in groups of only French people and don’t let others in, but here, everyone is included which is great.
Why did you choose to come to Sweden?
– Sweden is very famous for their renewable energy and their clean environment. It’s interesting to see how people here are compared to France. Borås is a great place for the future energy from bio mass, with a goal for the city to be completely free of fossil fuels by 2030. It’s a big challenge but there are a lot of opportunities here and a lot of goals to achieve.
What are your plans for the future?
– The working conditions here in Sweden are really good and I would love to work here some day. I just have to finish a 6 month internship in France and do an English exam, and afterward I would like to come back to Sweden, learn the language, and get a job. If I can’t do that I want to study in Borås and get a double master. It’s really important to have plans for the future. You have to be efficient and know what you want to do tomorrow, not just today.
How do you feel now at the end of your exchange?
– I’m going home so soon and I’ve really liked it here. I’m sad to leave. I want to thank the University of Borås for giving me this opportunity. Firstly just to come here for the semester, and secondly for the project and enabling me to pass and helping me finish my studies.
Text: Jessica Ågren
Photo: Solveig Klug