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The award for Technology Programme of the Year is presented to technology- or engineering programmes that have long-term and well-established collaborations with companies. Among the motivations given for this year's award were that students "are given thoroughgoing preparation for carrying out their profession through contacts with companies already at the beginning of their studies."
"This is great news. It is an important acknowledgment that our efforts to collaborate with companies have done well in a national comparison, says Leif Nordin, supervisor of the Development Engineering programme at Halmstad University. I know how much work the students put into collaborating with companies, thus this kind of recognition gives us even greater pleasure."
"It is a natural way for us to work, says Aron Chibba, supervisor of the Mechanical Engineering programme. The students get to carry out well-focused projects and they gain experience of working life while still students. We have several different forms for collaborating and this is a great strength. In this way, students can gain a variety of work experience and there are great opportunities for companies who want to work with us."
"We want to provide a programme that prepares students well for working life and gives them knowledge which they can apply directly after graduating. This award is proof that our efforts have been successful," says Aron Chibba.
Of the award, SEK 1 million will be invested in further developing the collaboration between the university and companies. SEK 500 000 will go to student scholarships.
Teknikföretagen, who are presenting the award, are investing a total of SEK 5 million per year to boost both engineering as a subject and engineering programmes in Sweden. Every year, the organisation awards prizes to 25 primary schools, five high schools and one university or college. This initiative begun in 2004 and will continue until 2013.
The prize was awarded on 12 May at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Teknikföretagen general meeting at Moderna museet in Stockholm.
Text and pictures: IDA LÖVSTÅL