The Royal Institute of Technology, in Sweden, has recently linked to Andrei Necula’s studera.nu facebook community. I think this is great, it’s got just over 500 members and offers a wealth of advice and discussion from students as they work through the application process.
This ties in nicely with Gerry McGovern’s latest article which discusses how organisations are losing the trust of the people– people want to speak to people like themselves, and are using the web to do so. How many university staff have actually used studera.nu for real? Answer: not very many – and I’m willing to bet that none of us have invested anything like the amount of time and energy which international students invest into checking the website, figuring out how to make an application and then following the process all the way through. Giving students who visit KTH’s website the chance to talk to students like themselves means that the real experts of studera.nu – the people who actually use it – can talk to each other.
I’ve done something similar by linking to the entries about tuition fees on my blog – there’s several links to forums and communities there. As we move closer to the next big application round, in December, I will certainly be following KTH’s lead.
And finally…it’s the Swedish summer here which pretty much means that Sweden closes for about a month. I’ll still be blogging, but also enjoying the sun, so I won’t be as regular as usual, so to speak.