Five questions for..

Azar Tir, who is studying the Master’s programme in chemistry and education (Kemi och lärande). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry in Iran.

When did you become interested in chemistry?
“At first I wasn’t that interested, but the longer I carried on with it the more enjoyable it became.”

Why did you opt for this particular programme?
“I’ve worked as a substitute teacher in Sweden and also as a private teacher in Iran, and I want to work as a teacher in Sweden. I like children, and am always thinking about new teaching methods, and I try to find new ways of developing these methods.”

How happy are you with the study programme?
“The programme is very interesting, and we spend half the time in a school during the Bridging Teacher Education part (KPU) But it took a lot of time and energy at the beginning of the programme, because it starts with advanced courses in chemistry.”

What is it like studying in Iran compared with here?
“One of the differences is that in Iran you study several subjects in parallel. There are no retakes in the same way as there are here, so if you fail an exam you have to repeat the whole course. It’s much better organised here in Sweden, and the administrators have a better relationship with the students.”

What are your plans for the future?
“I would like to work as a teacher in a lower secondary school, but I can also imagine working in an upper secondary school. I’m optimistic about the future.”