Requesting justification for the exclusion of 2019-21 batch in the new scholarship policy.

Requesting justification for the exclusion of 2019-21 batch in the new scholarship policy.

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International Students started this petition to Chalmers University of Technology Administration

Hej,

We, the international students currently in our second year of our master’s programs at the Chalmers University of Technology would like to make certain points on the recent decision to offer scholarships in view of the Covid-19 pandemic for the autumn semester of 2021. We agree with the decision to give financial support and fully back it. At the same time, we would like to raise some points of our own.

As you are aware, the pandemic has raged across the world and disrupted all aspects of life. As far as our studies/ thesis are concerned, it has been going on as planned albeit, mostly online. Seeing as this is the best option that would be appropriate at the moment, there are some aspects that do not fulfil the needs of a master's student. 

Firstly, the interaction with our fellow students seems to be completely absent which has proven to be a challenge in courses with assignments and projects, and more recently, our thesis projects. Secondly, the facilities at Chalmers University like the Library, classrooms, Student Union Building, and many others, particularly the career fairs which are important at this time could not be fully utilized by students, particularly fee-paying students like us. Thirdly, the interaction with our course examiners has been patchy at best due to the online medium of interaction. Due to these reasons, we feel the experience that we wanted to have in Sweden has not been achieved and that the fees that we are paying for, which includes the use of the above-mentioned facilities at Chalmers, have not been fully availed.

It has been a challenge getting finances transferred through an educational loan that many of us have taken from our home countries, which have been hit very hard by the pandemic. For some of us, the primary source of financial support is our parents who are (retired) professionals in the vulnerable category who must exercise caution while going to the bank. These factors have often delayed the transfer of money even for daily expenses. This is compounded by a hefty educational loan at a high rate of interest and ever-rising currency exchange rates, not to mention the massive mental strain that students and parents had to endure in order to pay the fees on time.  

Based on these facts and first-hand information from fellow fee-paying students, we request your kind selves to look back upon the earlier discussions regarding the same topic put forth by the 2019 batch of fee-paying students, where we were given the cold shoulder on the basis of hybrid education. Chalmers is offering a 50% scholarship in their new policy, it has to be brought to notice that none of the 2019 batches signed up for this yet continues to support the decisions of the university, be it closing down the facilities or moving towards a hybrid education, which does not warrant the current fees we are paying as mentioned previously. Seeing as our group has endured the shortcomings of this new order of education more, including a drop in education quality during the transition period from physical classes to online education. We feel that it is only fair and compelling that the university gives a proper justification as to why the above-mentioned batch was excluded from the new scholarship policy. That being said, us being in the last semester and having paid the full tuition fees already is not a valid reason for the exclusion. Chalmers takes pride in fostering equality, however, we see this exclusion as something not befitting Chalmers own set values.     

Once again, we highly appreciate the steps taken by the University in addressing all our concerns and hope that this case too be addressed in a manner that benefits the international students’ community. If Chalmers University implements the same scholarship keeping in mind the best interest of current international students like us, it would only add to the reputation of this great institution being very student-friendly and would be greatly appreciated.


Kindly let us know of any way you could help us. Looking forward to hearing from you soon with a positive reply.

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