”Sweden is a place where people enjoy every single fika”

Published 3 July 2018 in:

Global Swede Sergey

Get to know the Global Swedes: Sergey Redyuk, Russia, student at the University of Skövde.

What is your perception of Sweden?
Sweden is a place where people respect private space, enjoy every sunny day, every single fika, and make everything lagom.

Why did you move to Sweden?
I was looking for a particular master’s programme, and I found it here, in Skövde. After two years of studies, I’m sure that I’ve made the right choice!

What are you studying?
I am studying Data Science – the best programme ever. Lots of interesting projects, plenty of application domains, you always need to communicate with others, and act as a mediator between the technical and business sides.

What do you have to say about your experiences in Sweden?
It’s exciting and fun! New cultures, new connections, and new perspectives I haven’t experienced before. I’ve tested myself as a researcher, teacher, leader – positions that let me broaden my horizons and improve my skills. What’s more important, I’ve met new friends who’ve helped me move along. I’m truly grateful for that.

Why do you think you were nominated for the Global Swede award?
I always try to be easy-going and look for new opportunities. My father always says there is no point in declining something you’ve not tried yet. If it works out – good job. If not – you gain an experience anyway. I guess this approach made me the person I am now and helped me win this award.

What differences and similarities do you see between Sweden and Russia?
Since I’m from Russia, the weather in general and the Swedish winter in particular don’t bother me so much, they’re the same in Russia. Life in Sweden is a bit more relaxed, there are more options. A big plus is that people preserve nature and encourage others to go outdoors. But Russia is still my home.

Have you been involved in any projects?
I took part in several initiatives during these years. I worked as a research assistant on the FP7 Project DREAM. The idea was to design social robots to help children with autism develop their social skills. Currently, I’m working on the Dataflow project at the University of Skövde, which aims to discover various states of the production line that affect product quality.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m planning to continue my studies. I have a nice project in mind, and I hope that everything will work out. Also, I would really love to see the world and try out something new!