Exchange report - incoming teachers
Home university: Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Study programme: Public Health Sciences (Master's)
Exchange programme: Linnaeus-Palme
Semester: Spring semester 2013/2014
Duration: 24


The accommodation arranged was very good. I had no complaints about it and the way it was organised. The cost of living is high in Sweden but the money provided is reasonable for food and transportation. 

Language and Culture

The teaching and evaluations were done in English. It was a wonderful experience to encounter the Swedish culture. All the people I interacted with were very helpful and open. There are obvious cultural differences between Sweden and India, but I didn't have any adverse experiences. I would say that for Indians, they need to know that Swedish people are very law-abiding (for the most part).

Leisure time

The social activities arranged were the deaprtment fikas, but if I had questions, people were always happy to guide me. There are many different options for leisure activities in Stockholm and in other parts  of Sweden. Most people would find something that they like to do. Definitely, a visit to some of the museums is a must.


The teacher exchange was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it for the value it can offer in your personal and professional life. Given that I was at IHCAR, I experienced what a truly global health programme could look like.

Other activities

I met with some faculty at KI and discussed possible collaborations. I think there is a strong possibility of future collaborations between my university and KI.


As the programme has been running for a few years, there was information available at both my host university and the university where I teach. There is a circular sent out regularly informing students and faculty about exchange programmes. My preparation involved emailing people at KI in the International relations office and in IHCAR about the timing of the visit, etc. I received some support from my colleagues who had gone on previous exchange programmes. 


The influences have been in terms of increasing my awareness about other issues in global health. I have gained greater knowledge about other areas of research. I have a better idea of other health systems as well. All of these would have an impact on my teaching. In addition, the use of multiple modes of teaching is possibly better utilised in KI than at my university so I see that as something I could use in my teaching in the future. 


I evaluated masters theses submissions in the global health programme. The system for grading is well-detailed and makes the process smooth. There are clear differences in the kind of theses submissions that students submit at KI and at my university and this has to do with the way the programme is framed. Each has its own advantages. I am impressed by how much can be accomplished even when faculty are not present thanks to the internet. This is clearly different from my country and institution. 

Teaching hours

I gave one seminar for an hour (10%). And I spent the rest of the time evaluating students' submissions for their masters thesis (75%). I also attended workshops and other presentations (15%)