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My Thesis Defense

Howdy,

Today I am gonna shed some light on what happens during a thesis defense in Lund University. Of course what I am gonna state is from my perspective and specific to my programme. I pursued my Master’s in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from LTH and did my thesis with IKEA during spring 2020. I defended by thesis on May 20th, 2020.

Although a typical defense takes place by physically presenting your thesis in front of your supervisor, examiner, opponents and general audience, but due to corona virus situation, the same happened through digital platforms via virtual calling and presentation. Every group is appointed with an opponent group to whom we need to send our final draft of the thesis. This opponent group reads the thesis and prepares a power point presentation regarding what they liked, what they wished and what they wondered. This is basically done to critically review one’s work and to encourage healthy and interesting discussions regarding the work. I presented my thesis for approximately 30 minutes, then the opponent presented their PPT for 15 minutes. After this there were a lot of questions asked by the opponents, or in other words they ‘attacked’ us and we ‘defended’. Hence, the term thesis ‘defense’. Overall, it was an exciting episode which marked an end to a thesis well done with a lot of hard work, fun and frolic. 

Once the defense is over, the defenders gets some days to make changes to their thesis based on the comments and the final draft is then submitted to the examiner for approval. Along with the thesis, the students also need to write a popular science summary, which is basically an abstract of your thesis, written in a general way in order to capture the interest of general audience.

Once all this is done, then the students need to upload their thesis and popular science summary in to LUP (Lund University Publications) which is a mandatory step for you to get you degree points. The process is quite easy and fast and I got my degree points the same day that I did this process.

Overall, this master thesis and the overall Master’s program at Lund University has made me competent enough to go out in the industrial world and make my mark. Are you ready to do the same? If yes then Lund University is definitely gonna help you achieve it.

Adios, Chow, Sayonara, BYEEE!

Palash 

28 May, 2020

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Cleaning Inspection

Hej everyone,

Hope you are safe and sound while reading this post, especially amidst the corona virus pandemic. Today, I am writing this blog in order to let the potential students know regarding the cleaning process that a student needs to complete before leaving Lund University accommodation.

Lund University accommodations wishes to maintain the best conditions of their housing and always expects anyone who has occupied it before to leave it the same way as one would expect it to be and that is very commendable. The seriousness which they show in cleaning inspections corroborates the point stated above. A student first gets an email approximately 15-20 days before the departure containing information regarding the departure processes along with a link to cleaning videos which one can view in order to know how to clean everything in the room. These videos are quite helpful and ultimately ensures that the current tenant cleans the room according to LU standard practices. A student can also request a preliminary inspection of the room before the final departure so that LU can give some specific pointers to the respective student regarding where they can make improvements.

Once the whole cleaning process is done, the student needs to vacate the premises and submit their keys to the LU office. Once this is done, LU accommodation inspectors come in to inspect the room. Based on this evaluation, LU accommodation refunds the deposit money. Just like LU accommodation, everyone should take care of their surrounding and associated cleanliness and sanitisation, especially in corona times.

Stay safe, Stay Happy,

Adios,

Palash

28 May, 2020

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Best practice tips for working remotely

Hi everyone. It’s been a while since my last post as my thesis work and everyday life has been disrupted by the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2. Due to the Corona pandemic, I have had to work remotely for the last 10 weeks and I’d like to share some of the things that helped me remain productive throughout it all:

1. Setting up a permanent workplace within you home. I was “lucky” enough to have one of my flatmates move out at the beginning of the lockdown, allowing me to sit and work at this desk.

2. Trying to define a fixed time period for your work from home. I mostly maintain a regular 9 to 5 work schedule, which helps me separate thesis work/research and leisure time even though I am still confined to my apartment.

3. Remove smartphones and other distractions. I make sure to leave my phone in my bedroom while I work and only use it during breaks, when I leave my “office”.

4. Regular meetings with colleagues and friends. Virtually keeping in contact with people has helped me make up for the lower amount in-person social interactions.

5. Cooking your own meals. While I have always been a bit of a hobby chef, I have really been putting more effort into my cooking recently. Focussing on cooking a meal is a great way to get your mind off your work and remain a mental balance.

6. Exercising regularly. I realized within the first week of the lockdown that regular exercise could help me maintain a daily routine and also got my blood flowing again when I felt groggy after sitting at my desk all day. My favorite new exercise practices are yoga and running (with a mask).

28 May, 2020

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Welcoming Spring in Lund

“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.”

One of my favorite seasons in Sweden is SPRING! It’s time to see the flowers blooming, blue sky, and warm weather. One important thing I learned after living in Lund or >1.5 years is how to enjoy nature. That happiness is not always obtained from luxury holidays, fancy food and stuff, but as simple as embracing the peace and calmness of nature. So, it’s not common for Swedish people to go outside once the sun is coming. They will just do sunbathing, walking around the city center or park, doing a picnic in the park or BBQ, eating out, and hiking. I must be grateful that Lund is a small town with several parks (Botanical garden, Stadsparken, also some other smaller parks around). In this post I want to share some “have-to-see” flowers growing in here. These typical flowers are easy to be found and grown so well in the park or just in front o the university building and housings. Here we go!

Cherry blossom tree (can be found almost everywhere – university, housing, parks).

Tulip (mostly grown in Botanical garden, and some parks)

Magnolia flowers (one of Lund University iconic flowers, grown in front of the university main building and Botanical garden)

Rapeseed field (grown in the suburban area nearby Lund)

24 May, 2020

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Places in Skåne that I’d like to visit in the summer

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Ven island

Sunny days are back in Lund after a week of cozy rain and this makes me think of the beautiful Swedish summer and all the nice places I can visit.

Depending on the official recommendations we might get to travel around Sweden this summer. Meanwhile, we must keep with social distancing protocols and follow the official travel recommendations.

When and if it is allowed tho, there are several nearby places I would love to visit during the summer, all of which are very close to Lund! Here are my top three:

1. Sofiero Palace

Located near Helsingborg, Sofiero Palace is a wonderful destination for a sunny summer day. It has several beautiful gardens and loads of history inside its walls.

Sofiero gardens

2. Ven Island

Off the coast of Landskrona, Ven is a very small island filled with scenic views and beautiful cottages. Once you get there by ferry you can rent a bike and cycle around for as long as you want!

View from Ven island

3. Fredriksdal

Fredriksdal is a historical museum and botanical garden in Helsingborg where you can find beautiful historical buildings, traditional fields, beautiful gardens and even some animals.

Fredriksdal

So if you find yourself wondering what to visit this summer, make sure you check these places out! You won’t regret it!!

23 May, 2020

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Recycling in Sweden

''We have only one Earth, sort more!''

Sweden is a well-known country when it comes to recycling waste. Every housing has its own waste separation area close to buildings. There is a strict guideline that shows how to sort the waste into the correct bins: metal, paper, plastic, recyclable paper, glass, batteries, food, residual waste, etc. It was a little confusing for me in the beginning because there are two different bins for plastic and another two for paper. But I got used to it with time and now it is just a habit.

Most people in Sweden are self-conscious about sorting their waste, but there are still many people who throw recyclable materials like paper or plastic to restavfall (residual waste) bins according to my experience. Hopefully, more people will soon realize that we have only one Earth as written on the wall of our recycling room.

Waste bins for separate materials

Stay safe!

22 May, 2020

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Thesis in the time of Corona

Hello! Hope you are preparing for visa applications and soon to join us at Lund University, of course after the travel restrictions are over due to Covid-19 pandemic. It has been quite a few worried weeks and stressful process due to the lockdown, especially because we had our masters thesis jury this month!

None of us ever wondered even in their slightest dreams that we would have an online thesis jury for our D-day and though we were expecting it just a couple of months ago, still it was a bit hard to come to terms with the situation. During the main design process, we had to stay put at our accommodations and complete our presentations for the mid-crit as well as the final jury and it was a bit weird for me this time as we could not work with our 3d hard models and block arrangements. Nevertheless it was a challenge to explain our designs through ‘Zoom’ meetings and develop new tools for expressive slide presentations. One of our friends also came up with a  great idea of having a group jury amongst ourselves as a mock before the final presentations and it was really awesome and fun exercise!

the jury hall bears a solitary look this time without us 🙁

 

The final day went really well with little technical glitches and hiccups and all of our friends came up with brilliant  online presentations to ‘wow’ the jury. I personally feel we have come a long way as a batch and I look forward to start our exciting careers as Sustainable Urban Designers!

I would encourage all of you who will be joining us at the SUDes family to continue your preparation and complete all the necessary processes and hope the virus situation clears away to bright and sunny summer days. Please do not hesitate to email me if you wish to know anything about our student life and about Sweden 🙂 Wish you all best of luck!

18 May, 2020

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Pack – unpack – pack – unpack – pack

Hello reader and possibly soon to be my classmates,

If you’ve read my last post and my really obvious title today I want to talk to you about packing and also simple things to bring in case social distancing continues on to the coming semester when you’ll be arriving. 

The first thing I would suggest is to pack things that bring back good memories and positive feelings. It does get a bit lonely sometimes and not everyone is comfortable meeting up even though the limit to how many people you can meet in Sweden is up to 50 people. Printed photos are my favorite because they are light and can fit into a carry-on. A favorite book, musical instrument, games, and even a few packs of your favorite sweets. Of course, you can purchase most of the things here and print your picture as well. 

However, the first couple of months were the most expensive and busiest time for me. I was occupied with things like getting my residence permit, buying essential household/kitchen items, buying a bike, and attending events to meet the master’s program coordinators, classmates, mentor groups, and the like. You can save time and money by bringing as many small things as you can/want and decking up your room to make it feel like home plus avoid spending money on things you already own but are just sitting in your storage back home. 

To make everything fit and not exceed the weight in the limited free luggage you can bring packing becomes a becomes serious and you have to decide on what is very important. My strategies when it comes to packing especially when it comes to long-distance traveling is to start early (1-2 weeks ahead) and packing and unpacking at least three times. It can seem time-consuming, but it has helped with deciding what I should definitely bring, where I should put things, and actually having a mental picture of what is inside my luggage so I can easily find things without messing up everything else. 

Thus, bring your favorite things that can’t be replaced. Pack, unpack, pack, unpack, and pack again to make them fit and to help you make decisions on what you should and shouldn’t bring. I hope to hear from you and meet you soon via email or other means in the coming months before you arrive.

Till next time,

~YH

17 May, 2020

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A Sunny Saturday in Northwest Skåne

Wooden structures at the shore, Nimis

It has been a real challenge for me to stay at home this long. Especially with the summer coming and the weather in Sweden being so nice, it gets more and more difficult to sustain this habit. But being active and getting fresh air is as important as being in isolation. Even though Sweden’s approach to covid-19 is controversial, it is nice to have this opportunity to go out and freshen up.

In one of those days, I went for a hike with my friends on a warm and sunny Saturday. We took the car and drove to Himmelstorp and walked all the way down to Nimis. On the way to the sea, we walked through these small wooden structures and we ended up next to the sea. The scenery is really amazing.

On the way to the coast

Before going to our last stop, Kullaberg, we went to one of the nicest fika places I have ever been to:  Flickorna Lundgren. Maybe some of you already know or some will get to know this place. The atmosphere is quite cosy, and it has a nice view of the garden and the sea.

View to the garden and the sea

Pastries are very delicious, and the coffee comes in a big copper pot. They serve lunch as well as fika, and we were lucky enough to have a Scanian (Skåne) specialty Äggakaka served with lingonberry. They were all very tasty.

Delicious food and fika

If you want to visit there, just keep in mind that prices here are more than average and check their opening hours before you decide to go.

Our last stop was Kullaberg, another famous place where people hike.

Beautiful view from Kullaberg

Stay healthy and keep safe!

8 May, 2020

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Being a vegetarian in Lund

Before moving to Lund, I was curious about how I would manage to be a vegetarian in Sweden. 

How do Swedes embrace vegetarianism? What is the food culture like?

How easy would it be to find meat alternatives eating out, at the supermarkets or at other student’s places?

Truth be told, I have never had an issue. Lund is home to many vegetarians and vegans. I’d also say most of the Swedes I have met are pretty health-conscious (fika doesn’t count) and environmentally friendly in their practices (ie. healthy packed lunch in a glass Tupperware container every day). There were always veggie options at potlucks and eating out at restaurants or cafes. I was also very lucky to move into a housing collective with a bunch of fellow vegetarians and vegans.

First baked bread – rye & pepita rolls


Living in Lund I discovered Sweden’s strong baking culture. If you haven’t ever made a loaf of bread from scratch before, or ever started your own sourdough starter, then Sweden will probably change that! If you are really lucky you’ll make some Swedish friends who love baking their own treats like kardemummabullar or kanelbullar (cardamom bun / cinnamon bun).

 

 

Classic Swedish bakery selection in a Ystad cafe

 

Lund, or rather even more specifically LTH, is the birthplace of Oatly. Which is probably the most delicious cow milk alternative on the market. They even have an extra creamy carton specially designed to froth for your morning coffee.

Swedish supermarkets (for eg. ICA, Coop, Willy’s) all stock a variety of different meat alternatives. These might rear on the more expensive side 60-100SEK ($6-10 USD) a small bag – but they are some of the tastiest meat alternatives you’ll ever find. 

Your classic fruits and veggies are generally available year-round thanks to Skåne’s great agricultural land. It is common to find good deals on seasonal fruit and veg. I would say I spent roughly 300-500SEK (30-50USD) a week on groceries, shopping mostly at Willy’s for a cheaper and wider variety of options.

Delicious vegan spread over midsommar


Then there’s Govindas, which is in my honest opinion the holy grail of all-vegetarian restaurants located in Lund. Their wholesome menu changes every day and offers a wide variety of tasty and healthy dishes. Plus the super friendly owner is always keen to serve you your meal and greet you with a smile. 

I have absolutely loved living in Sweden and exploring the wonderful food culture. There is an abundance of options out there for vegetarians and vegans. I hope this post can serve as an incentive to pursue your education with Lund university! 

 

Isabella

 

5 May, 2020

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A short trip in Southern Skåne

Hi everyone! How’s your ‘quarantine’ life?

I have been inside for really a loooog time. Last week, finally, I got a chance to go out. My friend rent a car to move to another apartment, I helped her with moving and afterwards she took me to the countryside to enjoy the fresh air. We also took some photos.

To be honest, except the colorful autumn, another period that I like in Sweden is right now—- Amazing spring!!! Blue sky, newly come leaves,  warm wind and bright sunshine. That makes me feel that I am totally away from the dark winter and everything is becoming much and much better. Basically, it is the time of feeling hopeful. And have more power against all the bad things and a strong belief that the best results will come later. 

Hope our normal life will be back. 🙂

   

 

5 May, 2020

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Food Safety Tips during COVID-19

“You are what you eat” – Hippocrates

The statement above is a reminder that what we eat is an investment for our future in terms of health and life quality. Well, I hope you are all doing well during this current pandemic situation. Since I am studying Food, I would love to share food safety tips on how to ensure the “goodness” of what we eat through this blog post. There might be some confusion about whether food can be a transmitter (vehicle) for the COVID-19 virus or not. The fact is…

Currently, there is no strong evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19 (source: US FDA, EFSA, FAO/WHO, FSANZ, CFIA).

Although it seems no available evidence about the association of food and this virus, we need to be smart for what we eat. Aware for what we eat is not only just for our current health status, but also for our future investment.

Food selection

First, always check and observe the product by using your senses (visual-colour, freshness, smell, texture) especially for fresh produce like fruits, veggies, meat, or egg. However, when it comes to processed food or packed food, it is suggested to check the packaging whether it is rusty, leaked out, swallowed, dented, etc. Second, pay attention to the food label including the expiration date (or best before) and the ingredients/composition (if you have any allergy). You can consume the food after the “best before date” if the food looks fine, but it has a decreasing quality. Third, store your ingredients (food product) properly by giving the label, repacking in the container if necessary, keeping in low temperature for the sensitive product (i.e. dairy, fruit & veggies, meat), and applying FIFO or “first in first out”.

Food processing

Once you have all the ingredients; the next step is making the meal. Firstly, watch out of yourself. Apply good personal hygiene such as washing hands before and after cooking the meal, wearing apri=on and hand gloves if necessary, not wearing exaggerate jewelers, not talking so much during cooking, and not cooking if you feel sick or having open scars/wounds. The next step is, clean the raw ingredients and cooking utensils (be aware of the utensil condition: rusty, dirty, damaged). Also, separate the utensil of raw and cooked products to prevent cross-contamination. The most important thing is cooking the meal at an appropriate temperature (min. 74 deg C) to kill the microorganism with potable water. So now, your meal is ready to serve! Don’t forget to aware of the cleanliness of your kitchen.

Food consumption

What’s next? Mealtime! Before having a meal, it’s always better to wash your hand with hand soap and using hand sanitizer. Eat your meal in the appropriate area (clean, not smelly) and ensure that you consume it within 4 hours after cooking. If you want to keep your prep meal, you can keep it into the fridge and reheat it before consumption.

Well done! So, let’s apply food safety in your daily life. It’s not because we want to follow the trend or looks fancy, but to create a good culture and habit for our future health. Stay safe and stay healthy! 

Contributors: Stella Allineshia

3 May, 2020

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