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She wants to solve sustainability challenges in the textile industry

Why did you choose to study the Master’s programme in Technical Textile Innovation?

“I have a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering and I have worked in a textile product development and design managerial job role before, doing innovation related work. My plan is to extend my knowledge by doing a Master’s degree in the same field.”

This is a new Master’s programme at the University of Borås. What do you learn in it?

“When I got the information about the new programme, I decided to apply for it. Here, I will learn more academic knowledge and about new technology. Sometimes I can map those learnings with my professional experience. It gives me scientific approaches to manage my time effectively with my expanded thinking patterns.”

What is the best thing about the programme so far?

“In the creative product development subject, I have met with two very talented lecturers. Even though I have 11 years of professional experience in technical product development and design, they showed me a different path and enhanced my creativity with good guidance. I feel that the education really matches my passion and what I want to get out of my career.”

What career opportunities will you have after your studies?

“When I was working, I wanted to find a way to manage textile waste. With limited updated knowledge and technology, it’s very difficult to find a sustainable way to solve this problem. So, I want to get solid technical know-how to solve textile related sustainability concerns by creating and developing new products and designs.

If I get a chance to do a PhD in the same area, it will also be an added advantage for me.”

What do you dream about doing in five years?

“Creating new textile products by solving sustainability-related challenges. I am passionate about creating new products in smart textiles, medical textiles, protective textiles, and functional textiles. So, my dream is to implement my knowledge, gained by higher education and professional experience, to do research to explore new product development and design with sustainability aspects.”

Why did you choose to study in Sweden, and Borås?

“Since Sweden has a good reputation for innovation and Borås is a textile city, I thought it would be a good selection for me to expand my knowledge.

What is the student city of Borås like?

“I live with very friendly people here. All the living-related functions are well organised and structured well, such as transport, medical facilities etc. Everyone cares about kids, and they are very supportive towards them. Borås has its own natural environmental beauty. When compared with bigger cities, living costs are also beneficial for international students.”

Where is your favourite place on campus?

“The Smart Textiles lab.”

What tips do you have for those considering applying to the same programme as you?

“My tips are to consider and compare the reputation of the University of Borås and the Swedish School of Textiles, course content and outcomes, feedback from former students and further opportunities after the programme.”

Why should people study at the University of Borås?

“According to former students, and my experience, the University of Borås tries to give maximum knowledge and experience in a friendly manner. Most of the lectures have the best teaching. As an example, they welcome all imagination and thinking patterns but strategically guide to the final goal by improving students’ performance. Still, I’m in the first term, but I hope that I will have lectures with the same talent in upcoming subjects as well.”

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Master's programme in Technical Textile Innovation

Text: Sara Lundgren
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Published 2024-01-18