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  I was very lucky to have a chance to study in Sweden. Sweden is famous for its high level social welfare and its egalitarian social system which highly values individual happiness and quality of life. Therefore the support systems even for international students are well organized. I could attend Swedish language courses and participate in different workshops and conferences abroad while I was doing my doctoral studies. In addition to these international initiatives, the university fosters a broad and inclusive vision in their students by encouraging interdisciplinary studies. So I was able to apply my study on numerical analysis to finance and electromagnetics field.
  I studied applied mathematics at Royal Institute of Technology -"Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan" (KTH) - in Stockholm, Sweden. KTH was founded in 1827 and is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. There are a total of 13,400 first and second level students and almost 1,900 doctoral students. KTH is closely related to the Nobel Prize academically as well as regionally. So many students could attend several Nobel lectures at KTH each year.
Especially I had a wonderful chance to attend Nobel Prize Award ceremonies in 1998 and 2000. One of them was the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony of President Kim, Dae-jung, held at Oslo City Hall, Norway. I really hope that many talented Korean students would win the Nobel Prize in the near future. Moreover I could learn female leadership and gender equality. About one-third of the first year students at KTH were women. Also there held several activities in honor of Sofia Kovalevskaya, who was the first female mathematician and the first woman appointed to a full time professor in Europe.
  I feel Sweden is my second home. I have pleasant memories of walking and biking in clean and peaceful nature and sharing fresh and delicious food such as salmon, shrimps, meatballs, and pancakes. Above all I made a number of good friends. In particular, our group members, Raul Tempone, Georgios Zouraris, Erik von Schwerin and my supervisor, Prof. Anders Szepessy were very supportive like a family. Now they all have faculty positions in different countries. I really miss the times that I studied with enthusiasm and discussed mathematical problems together, and I also long for “fika”- having tea and coffee break with friends at 3 pm every day. I hope that I could pass on to our students what I learned while I was in a Ph. D. program, not only mathematics but also the advanced culture in Sweden.

 Professor Moon Kyung-sok department of Applied Mathematics
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