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"The programme is excellent!"

Published: 13 December 2022

Meet Bernardo Ribeiro Filizzola from Brazil.
"The possibility to be in touch and develop work with practical problems from the mining industry is what I like most in the programme."

What made you choose to study The Master Programme in Civil Engineering, with specialization in mining and Geotechnical Engineering?

I have been working with mining/geological engineering for the past 3 years in Brazil and I heard that Luleå Univerity of Technology had a big know-how in the rock mechanics field, which is the area that I had interest in specializing. So I searched more into it and saw that indeed the university had a very good position for people interested in mining and rock mechanics, giving the opportunity to be in touch with the industry, specially the mining industry in north Sweden, being able to develop research within practical issues that mining companies face. This is why I chose the Masters in Civil Engineering with specialization in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering at this university.

What do you think of the programme?

The programme is excellent and has a good coverage of important fields that are essential for mining and geotechnical engineering. You can choose some courses in order to your interest, which is great. The teachers are also very open and stimulate the students to do work related to the fields they feel more prone to.

What do you get to do as a student?

As a student you get to learn the state of the art in different fields related to mining and geotechnical engineering. The use of software’s that are very common in the industry is included in several courses. You also have the chance to visit some interesting places (like mines for example) and hear guest lectures from relevant industry players.

What do you think has been extra fun in your programme?

The possibility to be in touch and develop work with practical problems from the mining industry is what I like most in the programme. This is a particular feature that the programme and the university has, since the university has a very good relation with the biggest mining companies in north Sweden.

Do you have any advice for anyone considering applying for this programme?

Talking from my personal perspective, I think it could be common from people outside Europe to think it would be too hard, or even not possible, to get into a nice programme here. So, in that sense, my advice would be don’t be afraid of applying if you feel you would like the programme, trust yourself and try. I think this advice applies for everyone that could feel discouraged for some reason.

What do you want to work with in the future?

I want to develop more in the field that I currently work in, which is mining/geological-geotechnical engineering, with a personal longing of getting more into rock mechanics.

What is the best thing about being a student at Luleå University of Technology?

For me the best thing about being a student at Luleå University of Technology is that you get a sense of community with the people that work and study here, and I feel the university promotes this, which I value a lot. Also, the facilities are very good and welcoming.

What is it like to live in Luleå and what do you like about the city?

Luleå is a nice city, specifically perfect for those who like nature and winter. I felt it was easy to make friends here, and people in general are open and you can really feel a sense of community. Something I particularly like about Luleå is how you can feel complete in the middle of nature, away from everything, when in fact you are 10 minutes away from a nice coffee or a restaurant. The ice road is also a special plus in winter time!