Hi there! I already mentioned in my last post that Lund is home to many student traditions old and new. The foundation of the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in the 1960s led to a whole plethora of new traditions to be created as the so-called student guilds (â€œsektionerâ€ in Swedish) entered the playing field. There are eleven different guilds for the each of the different fields of engineering studied at LTH (plus one for doctoral students). The Water Resources Engineering masterâ€™s students are part of the environmental engineering guild (Ekosystemteknik), which has a turquoise W as its logo.
The guilds have many different functions within the university (many of which are bureaucratic), such as representing the students of different departments within LTH in the student union, but they are also and more importantly responsible for many social events on campus. The biggest of which is the annual â€œnollningâ€ or â€œnovischâ€ period at the beginning of the fall term starting in September. During the nollning period, which lasts for three to seven weeks depending on the department, the older students introduce the new students to the university and campus life by organizing many activities including games, dinners, and parties. The W-guildâ€™s nollning is quite spread out over the first study period, which means that exams start only two to three weeks after the end of the introductory period with the guild. The nollning is an engineering student tradition that revolves around a number of games and activities where students of different departments compete against each other. Even though the nollning is mostly designed for first year bachelorâ€™s students, exchange students and international masterâ€™s students are most welcome to join the different activities at the beginning of their time in Lund. I can say from personal experience that it is a lot of fun to learn about the student culture at LTH and meet your new class mates as well as other students in the environmental engineering field in this setting.
The most iconic characteristic of the guilds are their unicolored onesies. Each of the eleven different guilds has a different color corresponding to their respective field of study, which for my case was turquoise. I have heard that this is an engineering tradition that is quite common in other Scandinavian universities as well. This feature sets the engineering students apart from students of other faculties, who are regularly confused by all the engineers in overall suits running around the engineering campus and the town at the beginning of the semester and during other events throughout the year.