Student interview - Sergey Redyuk - Data Science
- Name: Sergey Redyuk
- From: Russia
- Studying: Data Science master's program
Why did you choose Data Science?
First of all, Data Science is an interdisciplinary field of study which is basically focused on transforming data into valuable knowledge. And, in fact, it does not matter what data to analyze. To me it sounds really cool when you have a wide range of fields to work on - you will never get bored.
Secondly, the increase of computational capabilities today allows scientists to start a new wave of research. Everything you need is just to choose your own niche and go ahead! Once again, there is a bunch of things to do. This means that you always can find something you really like which is a great advantage to my mind.
Why did you choose Data Science at the University of Skövde?
The Data Science Master’s Program at the University of Skövde is the best one in Scandinavia. It is driven by SAIL - Skövde Artificial Intelligence Lab - which has a lot of highly experienced researchers on board. Thus, the main focus of study is applied data mining, analysis and visualization. Therefore, now I can add that when it comes to the technical aspects, the modern stack of technologies is covered by our courses which are constantly evolving to keep pace with the latest data analysis tools. And, for those of you who does not know which topic to choose for the thesis, there is an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing research in order to find something you like. As I said, just choose your niche.
What do you like most about the Data Science program?
I like the way how flexible this program is. You are free to share suggestions how to improve your courses. If these ideas are reasonable the whole course can be restructured within a week. It is amazing! In my home university there was no possibility to influence on any courses and I believe that it is a great opportunity for everyone being able to tune the way you learn. Thus, you can be sure that you will find exactly what you need joining the Data Science Program at the University of Skövde.
What do you like the most about the University of Skövde?
The greatest advantage I have found is that people here are always ready to help. You can always come and ask your questions or share your ideas. Always except exams! Everything at the university is made for students. Nothing can motivate you to study better than a comfortable atmosphere and support!
How is it like to study in Skövde and in Sweden?
Peaceful but challenging. You should work hard but there is nothing you cannot handle. There are a lot of international students - here you can get acquainted with different cultures and find new friends. In addition, everyone speaks English and you won't face any problems communicating with others. Therefore, Sweden is a country rich in traditions and peculiarities. You will definitely like many of them. For example, equality is extremely important for Swedes. Your professor is a colleague of yours rather than your teacher. As a hint, do not try “surströmming” - unforgettable experience, believe me! And, of course, you must try FIKA! If you do not know what it is, come and figure it out!