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2011-05-31

Halmstad University awarded prize for 2011 Technology Programme of the Year

The Mechanical Engineering programme and Development Engineering programme at Halmstad University have been awarded the 2011 Technology Programme of the Year by Teknikföretagen (the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries). The award is SEK 1.5 million.

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."

Leif Nordin, supervisor of the Development Engineering programme, Aron Chibba, supervisor of the Mechanical Engineering programme and Per Fagrell, project manager for the Technology Programme award of 2011 at Teknikföretagen.

Many y

ears' work


At Halmstad University the Mechanical Engineering and Development Engineering programmes, have a long history of collaborating with companies. Ever since the programmes began about 30 years ago, co-operation with companies in the engineering sector has been a natural component.

"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."

Sponsor companies, graduation projects and guest lecturers


As early as in their first year, students meet with companies and become associated with their, so-called, sponsor companies. They are then involved in various kinds of collaboration with companies as part of almost every course. This may be project work in collaboration with a company, alumni contacts, guest lecturers or field trips. Over the years, the students in these programmes have worked with hundreds of different companies.

"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

 

The jury's motivation:


"Through many years' work and constant improvements to mechanical engineering programmes, Halmstad University has created a diversity of forms for collaboration with companies. Students on the Mechanical Engineering and Development Engineering programmes are thoroughly prepared for their profession through contacts with companies already at the beginning of their studies. Companies are lining up to participate in collaboration projects and to employ the graduate engineers. This is a good example of how close collaboration with companies can pay off!"
Updated 2011-05-31