On Friday 26th March 2010, the Health Technology Centre, Halland, a three year developmental project which began in August 2009 at HalmstadUniversity, was inaugurated. The centre is the result of a long-term cooperative venture involving numerous actors with a common goal, the creation of prerequisites for better products and services within the health technology area. The inauguration was held at the University's Spiro restaurant and the 120 invited guests enjoyed good food, speeches and interesting inaugural lectures. Among the participants were representatives from the local Halland political arena, staff from HalmstadUniversity and the Halland Regional Development Council, representatives of the Halland municipalities as well as guests from companies and organisations, all with a common interest of seeing new products and services created from cooperative ventures.
The inaugural speech was given by vice-chancellor Romulo Enmark, who participated via video link as a result of an important visit by the KK Foundation, one of the University's most important financing bodies. Romulo expressed his pleasure in seeing that the Health Technology Centre in Halland had finally got off the ground, seeing the centre as an important link in the development of the University's profile. Following Romulo's speech, the chairman of the Regional Development Council board, Göran Karlsson gave a 'live' speech. He reflected over the commitment lying behind the project in the form of many years of cooperation in the form of ventures such as the Health Technology alliance. The Health Technology Centre is an important building block in the growth strategy adopted by the Regional Development Council and expectations are high for the project.
The Halland Health Technology Centre's project leader Magnus Hållander and research coordinator Nicholas Wickström talked about the contents of the work and what opportunities there are for both companies and organisations in the project.
Peter Majanen, an expert in future questions attended from Stockholm and Professor Eriksson gave a lecture on the future of elderly care provision- about the trends no one wants to see. Both these experts have written a book entitled Äldrelivsbranschen" (about the care of the elderly) and the contents of the book provided the material for a very interesting lecture. In summary one can say that the values which we take on during our youthful years determine our choice and preferences when we get old. This means that we are going to see major changes in how people want to live out the Autumn of their lives. This is not only a challenge but also a fantastic opportunity for the companies and organisations who are able to respond to this in the form of creating services and products with coincide with people's preferences.
The inauguration was rounded off with the opportunity for mingle and an inspection of the Health Technology Centre's premises on the ground floor of the University. There were many stimulating meetings and discussions revolving around the centre's demonstrators, which bodes well for the future.